From grapevine waste to a sustainable building material
New University of Melbourne research finds grapevine prunings – an abundant source of agricultural crop waste – can be turned into recycled building materials.
How objects could soon ‘heal’ themselves
University of Melbourne researchers have developed a gel that self-heals like living tissue, which could make cracked phone screens a thing of the past.
From laundry to weapon disposal: The role of enzyme mimics
A University of Melbourne team have created an enzyme mimic that makes laundry detergent more effective in cold washes and may help safely dispose of sarin gas.
Engineering the perfect Easter egg
The key to the perfect chocolate Easter egg is melting cocoa butter at the right temperature during manufacturing, according to the University of Melbourne.
How are birds faring in our cities?
We chat with two PhD researchers about their work on the impact of city lights on birds, and learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.
The secret life of shampoo
An engineer's view of bubbles and droplets, and how their underlying physics and chemistry are important to a wide range of industrial processes.
Keeping Antarctica clean
Chemical engineers are restoring the balance in Antarctica, using innovative techniques to remove evidence of human habitation on the frozen continent.
Designing the materials of the future
Why polymers are more than plastic and how research at the Polymers Lab is set to benefit our health and the environment.
Shampoo and conditioner – it’s all froth and bubble
Advertisements for shampoo and conditioner promise the earth, but do they really do the job once you're standing in the shower?