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Garnier Gil PROF 3X3

Professor Gil Garnier is Director of the three-year ARC-funded Industry Research Hub - the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI). He is also Director of BioPRIA within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. Gil is Chief Investigator on two BAMI projects: Project 1: Cellulosic fibre non-woven materials for high performance applications and Project 5: Novel biopolymers applications and methods.

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Batchelor Warren DR 3X3

Dr Warren Batchelor is Co-Director of BAMI, Deputy Director of BioPRIA and works in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer. He is an expert on paper as a nonwoven cellulose fibre material, including the relationships between sheet properties and internal structure. Warren is Chief Investigator on two BAMI projects: Project 3: engineering specific barriers with coated paper and Project 6: Biorefinery opportunities in a TMP mill.

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Shen WEI PROF 3X3

Professor Wei Shen is Chief Investigator on two BAMI projects: Project 2: Super-hydrophobic paper for liquid and food packaging and Project 4: Lignocellulose as an industrial absorbent. His other research interests are in paper microfluidic diagnostics, functional and biological printing, particle-liquid interface, wetting and drying of soft matters, liquid marble micro reactors and cellulose materials. Professor Shen is an academic at BioPRIA within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University

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Bhattacharya Sankar PROF 3X3

Professor Sankar Bhattacharya is Deputy Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. His research area includes advanced coal and biomass utilisation for power and fuels production through gasification and combustion, and the production of biofuels utilising biomass and algae. At BAMI, Sankar is Chief Investigator on Project 9: Biomass gasification for energy and chemicals.

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Tanksale Akshat Dr 3X3

Dr Akshat Tanksale is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. His research is focused on developing catalysts and processes for converting lignocellulosic biomass into liquid fuels, hydrogen and value added chemicals. At BAMI, Akshat is Chief Investigator on Project 7: Hydroxymethylfurfural from cellulosics.

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Simon George PROF 3X3

Professor George Simon is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University. George's research interests include modifying microscopically small nanoparticles to make plastics and in their incorporation into polymers to make nanocomposites, as well as related areas, such as biomimetics and self-healing materials. George is working alongside Dr Warren Batchelor and under Chief Investigator, BAMI Director, Professor Gil Garnier, on BAMI Project 1: Cellulosic fibre non-woven materials for high performance applications.

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Saito KEI Dr 3X3

Dr Kei Saito is currently a Lecturer at the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at Monash University. His research interests are in developing new synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign polymeric materials. At BAMI, Kei is Chief Investigator on Project 10: Chemicals from lignin. The project has two parts: the catalytic reactions of lignin into fine chemicals and the biocatalytic reaction of lignin into monomers and polymerisation into thermoplastics.

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Patti Tony AP 3X3

Associate Professor Tony Patti is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and works in the School of Chemistry at Monash University. His research areas of interest are in organic chemistry, particularly relating to the chemistry of soil organic matter, humic substances and related green chemistry. Tony is working on two BAMI projects: Project 6: Biorefinery opportunities of a TMP mill; and Project 10: Chemicals from lignin, specifically the catalytic reactions of lignin into fine chemicals.

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