University of Newcastle researcher Professor Eric Kennedy and his team have received Australian Government funding of $360,000 to develop an energy-efficient way to transform fluorinated greenhouse gases into valuable and environmentally-friendly products.

Professor Kennedy’s project is one of a $4.6 million suite of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants awarded to the University of Newcastle this week.

“There is a growing stockpile of waste fluorine containing synthetic greenhouse gases, which are used in fridges, air conditioners and other household products across Australia and the world. These gases can be released into the atmosphere and pose a significant environmental hazard,” Professor Kennedy, Director of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Energy, said.

“Rather than destroy the gases, this research aims to develop a new technology that will reduce the emission of fluorinated greenhouse gases and convert the gases into a useful compound. The process is unique as it does not destroy the greenhouse gas, but converts it into a useful compound, which can then be sold.”

Read our media release for more details on Newcastle’s successful ARC funding projects.