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Upcycling plastics project gets funding from Macquarie uni

Macquarie University researchers will share in the $26.1 million funding pool awarded as part of the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme. One project includes the upcycling of mixed plastics.

Two Macquarie University projects have been awarded a total of almost $1.2 million, a sum that will increase via contributions from partner organisations.

The Linkage Projects scheme supports projects that initiate or develop long-term strategic research alliances. “T

The Linkage Projects scheme provides important opportunities to further drive innovation, knowledge and industry collaboration in our local and national interests,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius.

Macquarie’s successful projects, both from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, address the environmental challenges of plastics upcycling and flood mitigation.

Executive Dean of Macquarie University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Lucy Marshall, who is also a Chief Investigator on one of the successful projects, said she was delighted by the faculty’s success.

“These grants are a testament to our commitment and capability in addressing key environmental challenges faced by our community,” said Marshall.

“We are strongly committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“In light of the increasing severity of floods in Australia, and the likelihood that our changing climate will exacerbate these, I am excited to collaborate with Professor Kirstie Fryirs from the School of Natural Sciences. Together, we will develop innovative, nature-based strategies for flood mitigation, partnering with multiple NSW Local Land Services and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

“I’m also very proud of the successful application by Professor Yijiao Jiang and her team, who will embark on a groundbreaking project to upcycle mixed plastics from bioprocessed municipal solid waste.

“This project is not only crucial for tackling our own escalating waste management issues, but can also be extrapolated globally, helping to make a significant step forward in sustainable practices.”

Macquarie University’s successful projects are:

Upcycling of mixed plastics from bioprocessed municipal solid waste
Macquarie University Chief Investigators: Associate Professor Yijiao Jiang (Lead), Professor Vladimir StrezovProfessor Stefan Trueck

Partner organisation: Arc Ento Tech Ltd

Project funding: $475,573

Natural flood management: Nature-based flood mitigation in the 21st century
Macquarie University Chief Investigators: Professor Kirstie Fryirs (Lead), Professor Lucy Marshall, Dr Tim Ralph

Partner organisations: North Coast Local Land Services, Hunter Local Land Services; South East Local Land Services, Department of Planning and Environment – Water Division

Project funding: $723,594


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