UQ is developing fundamental tools and concepts to enable the innovation and transformation of energy systems through strategic basic research that underpins many new technologies.


UQ has world-leading research capabilities in enabling technologies, including:

  • The ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, with major projects in the synthesis, manipulation, and the physical, chemical and catalytic characterisation of new nanomaterials for natural gas, coal, and biomass conversion into valuable chemicals, transportation fuels, clean hydrogen production. Other research includes carbon nanomaterials for supercapacitors.
  • The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), with programs focussed on the development of high productivity biomass crops and novel technologies for biofuel production.
  • The School of Chemical Engineering, with major projects in photocatalytic research for improved efficiency of solar cells.
  • Researchers from the Schools of Materials Engineering and Mechanical and Mining Engineering, with research into hydrogen storage.
  • UQ Chemistry, with projects in energy storage for transportation.

Key Nanotechnology researchers

Onshore gas research directory

The Centre for Coal Seam Gas has developed the Onshore Gas Research Directory to catalogue current and recent research investigating the development of natural gas from coal seams and other onshore unconventional reservoirs in Australia. It aims to cover all relevant disciplines, topics and research organisations.

To locate the information you require, please visit http://research.ccsg.uq.edu.au

Water atlas for the Surat Basin

This project builds on the database and prototype software tools that were developed in the Water Atlas Feasibility Study undertaken in 2014.

To read more about the project, please visit http://www.ccsg.uq.edu.au/Research/Water/WaterAtlasDevelopment.aspx