Transforming Carbon Science and Innovation for a clean and sustainable future

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Carbon Science and Innovation (COE-CSI) aims to create innovative carbon materials and game-changing technologies for renewable energy generation and clean chemical production with net-zero carbon emissions.

COE-CSI brings together a multidisciplinary team of world leading experts in Australia and abroad to solve the current energy and environmental challenges with advanced carbon catalysts.

Carbon Science and Carbon Innovation will drive the growth of energy, environmental, and green chemical industries by utilising abundant sunlight, seawater, and waste feedstocks. This will position Australia as a global leader in clean energy and green chemical production, preventing climate catastrophe, and providing a greener world for current and future generations.



OUR VISION is to revolutionise carbon science and technology for clean production of energy and chemicals and provide a clean and sustainable future for Australia.

COE-CSI has developed the three integrated Research Programs.

Each program is supported by team members with all the requisite expertise, equipment, and facilities.


Program 1: Design advanced Carbon Catalysts

Program 2: Carbon catalysts for renewable energy

Program 3: Carbon catalysts for green chemistry

Challenge & CSI approach

It is a global challenge to decarbonise the world.

In 2019, about 43.1 billion tons of CO2 from human activities were emitted into the atmosphere. This was an all-time high, breaking the previous record from 2018. The emissions could form a giant “CO2 cube” measuring 30 km on each side.

It is one of the global challenges to reduce carbon emissions! International agreements demand innovations to cut carbon emissions by 75% before 2030 and reach net- zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The CSI team aims to use carbon to decarbonise the world – by utilising carbon itself as the overlooked catalyst source.

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