Australian Embassy

Press Release 2016 - Veena

            Australian scientist turning waste into “green steel”
comes to Bangkok


16 June 2016

Reimagine the manufacturing process during the visit to Bangkok by leading Australian scientist, Professor Veena Sahajwalla, from 17 to 21 June 2016.  Professor Sahajwalla is internationally renowned for her development of a process known as ‘green steel’, which uses recycled plastics and rubber tyres in steelmaking.

The Australian Embassy, Thailand is supporting Professor Sahajwalla’s visit, which will explore the potential of green technology with Thai audiences. Come and hear why she believes that tyres and plastics are too valuable to end up as landfill. Be inspired by her story and her encouragement of young women and girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Please register at for Professor Sahajwalla’s public talk on “Material Science for Waste Management” on Tuesday 21 June 2016, from 10.30 - 14.00 at the Einstein Conference Room, National Science Museum Thailand in Pathum Thani. Thai translation will be provided.

Australia is a world leader in scientific achievement.  This visit builds upon the success of existing science collaboration between the Thai and Australian governments.


Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an ARC Laureate Fellow and founding Director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT) Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. As one of the world's leading innovators in the field of sustainable materials use and an international award-winning scientist and engineer, she is passionate about mining the mountains of rubbish and waste materials produced by modern society and re-using them in industrial processes or to create new goods. Her research – integrated with core industry partner OneSteel – has resulted in a world-first, patented, environmentally-friendly process called Polymer Injection Technology. This technology is for recycling end-of-life plastics/rubber in electric arc furnace steelmaking, resulting in the production of ‘Green Steel’. This work is making a contribution towards creating innovative, green manufacturing, science and technology for the building and construction industries as well as consumer products.

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