Developing innovative technologies for a sustainable carbon by The University of Newcastle
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Developing innovative technologies for a sustainable carbon by The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is renowned for its commitment to collaborative research, multidisciplinary innovation and the translation of new knowledge to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes. Through the International Collaborative Centre for Carbon Futures, the University and industry partners work collaboratively and across international borders to develop innovative technologies to boost research into clean energy.

The International Collaborative Centre for Carbon Futures (ICCCF) is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Korea’s Pusan National University (PNU),┬áthe University of Science and Technology Liaoning, Sinosteel RDTE,┬áChina University of Mining Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Korean Southern Power Company, Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute, Korea Institute for Energy Research, Henan Polytechnic University and Naresuan University, Thailand.

Led by Professor Jianglong Yu, the ICCCF was established in 2017 and brings together several key strategic international partners who together will create new technologies and joint projects that deliver significant impacts in:

  • The conversion, capture and storage engineering of fossil fuels;
  • The design of sustainable technologies for the management of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Transformational technologies for better utilisation of carbon-based fuels; and
  • Discovering alternative uses for carbon resources.

The partnership was formed based on longstanding collaborations between the academics involved and industry representatives in Australia, Korea and China. A number of significant joint projects are already in the process of development with the partners.

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the partners, the 2018 international symposium on Clean Energy and Advanced Materials (CEAM 2018) was sponsored by the ICCCF and the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle. The symposium received financial support from The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF), the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs. The symposium provided opportunities for researchers, engineers, academics as well as industrial professionals from universities and industry to exchange ideas, share information, and establish research and development networks to promote technology transfer. The symposium facilitated the formation of long-term collaborations, leading to joint project proposals and the exchange of PhD students and research academics. The first PhD student jointly supervised by the University of Newcastle and PNU academics has already graduated from the University of Newcastle. The second Korean PhD candidate, Jongho Kim, has recently enrolled and commenced his project at the University of Newcastle under ICCCF sponsorship.

To further strengthen the ongoing collaboration, the 2019 International Symposium on Clean Energy and Advanced Materials (CEAM 2019) will be hosted by the ICCCF, jointly by Pusan National University and the University of Newcastle from 25 to 28 September 2019 in Busan, Korea. The symposium topics include coal and biomass pyrolysis, gasification and combustion, carbon capture and utilization, hybridization technology for coal power generation, metallurgical coke production, advanced carbon materials, energy storage technologies, as well as gas treatment and smog control.