Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
School of Chemical Engineering

About Us

In 2012 the University of Queensland received a $10M donation from Dow Chemical Company, to establish the UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. Prof Eric McFarland was appointed inaugural director and a team recruited, who together with the advisory board developed a mission and strategy for the Centre. The UQ Dow Centre started operating in earnest from January 2014.

Key objectives

  • Create a globally relevant Centre of Excellence dedicated to delivering solutions to globally significant challenges by generating new knowledge. 

  • Foster the generation of new ideas and opportunities for innovation in high impact processes for sustainable production and use of energy, water, food, commodities, and chemicals.

  • Develop and apply advanced quantitative methods for techno-economic, life-cycle, and sustainability analyses to new processes and opportunities for sustainable production and use of energy, water, food, and chemicals.

  • Promote education, communication, and cooperation globally to embrace evidence-based options and approaches to environmental and economic sustainability and recognize industry's key roles in enabling solutions.

Centre strategy
  • Foster the generation of new ideas and opportunities for innovation in high impact processes for sustainable production and use of energy, water, food, and materials. 

  • Identify and quantify potential game-changing processes and outcomes through rigorous techno-economic and sustainability analyses

  • Work only on systems which have the potential to have significant impact on sustainability and the economy

  • Identify and help to overcome scientific and engineering barriers

  • Build global partnerships for education and research

  • Facilitate the development of future leaders in sustainable engineering

  • Use a multi-disciplinary approach to develop technologies and their translation into practice

 

Dow Centre Annual Reports can be found under Publications.