Research to convert industry waste into valuable products


A new research hub based in Victoria that focuses on innovative ways to convert paper waste into sustainable products will create jobs and business opportunities for Australians.

The Morrison Government is providing $2.6 million to support the Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products at Monash University in Melbourne.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the new hub launched today would transform waste material from the Australian pulp, paper and forest industry into innovative materials.

"The research hub will bring together experts to create environmentally-friendly products, including 'smart' paper packaging and green chemicals," Mr Tehan said.

"The research conducted at the hub will lead to better use of Australia's agricultural resources, support Australian industry and lead to job and business opportunities.

"The hub will also support students and researchers to gain 'real-world' practical skills and experience."

Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University Professor Marc Parlange said the hub is investing in research and new technologies that had the potential to make a global impact.

"This new ARC Research Hub will leverage world-leading Australian and international research capabilities in chemistry, materials science, and engineering to create new materials, chemicals and jobs in the emerging Australian bio-economy," Professor Parlange said.

Source: Australian Research Council