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GARUSINGHE Uthala M 3X3

Uthpala M Garusinghe

Research topic: Novel nanocellulose nanoparticle composites

Uthpala completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Monash University's Sunway campus in Malaysia. In 2014, she began her PhD at Monash University, Clayton. Uthpala's research on the development of nanocellulose nanoparticle composites is part of the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI) - Project 3: Engineering specific barriers with coated paper, under the supervision of Dr Warren Batchelor.

HE Zhiyong 3X3

Zhiyong He

Research topic: Oil/water separation using cellulose hydrogel membranes

Zhiyong completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemical Engineering in 2013, beginning his PhD at BioPRIA in 2014. Zhiyong's research forms part of BAMI Project 3: Engineering specific barriers with coated paper, focusing on the development of a nanocellulose coating for reverse osmosis membrane. Zhiyong is working under the supervision of Dr Warren Batchelor.

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Llyza Ellena Mendoza

Research topic: Development of novel applications for nanocellulose gels

Llyza has a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2015, Llyza has joined BioPRIA as a PhD student. Llyza is currently working on the development of nanocellulose gel and its potential applications - BAMI Project 5 under the supervision of Prof. Gil Garnier and Dr. Warren Batchelor.

 

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Whui Lyn Then

Research topic: Antibody-antigen interactions on paper diagnostics

Whui Lyn Then received a combined Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Science from Monash University, Clayton in 2010. In 2012 she became a PhD candidate at BiopRIA, under the supervision of Prof. Gil Garnier, working on antigen-antibody interactions on paper diagnostics. Whui Lyn's research focuses on the detection of blood group antibody-antigen interactions using surface plasmon resonance in the hope of better understanding these interactions for the improved use of paper diagnostics.

RAJ Praveena 3X3

Praveena Raj

Research topic: Optimising process and film properties of nanocellulose-polyelectrolyte complexes.

Praveena Raj graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) in 2012 from Monash University. Her current research interest is in nanocellulose-polyelectrolyte complexes, which contributes to BAMI Project 5: Novel biopolymer applications, working under the supervision of Prof. Gil Garnier.
Thilina 3X3

Thilina Gunawardhana

Research topic: Biorefinery opportunities in a Thermomechanical Pulping Mill (TMP)

Thilina has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a Masters in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Thilina joined BioPRIA in 2015 and is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is working under the supervision of Dr Warren Batchelor and co-supervision of Assoc Prof. Antonio Patti on BAMI Project 6 - Biorefinery opportunities in a Thermomechanical Pulping Mill (TMP).

Xue Zhang

Xue Zhang

Research topic: Development of super hydrophobic packaging materials based on paper and other cellulosic substrates

Xue received her Bachelor and Master of Pulp and Paper Engineering from Tianjin University of Science & Technology, Tianjin P.R. China. She joined BioPRIA in 2015 as a PhD student and currently working under the supervision of Professor Wei Shen  and Dr. Warren Batchelor on BAMI project 2 - Super hydrophobic and super oleophilic paper for liquid and food packaging.

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Ziwei Huang

Research topic: Interactions of biomolecules with cellulose fibres in paper

Ziwei Huang completed her Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) at Wuhan University in China and Masters of Science (Biomedical Science) at The University of Melbourne. Currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, Ziwei has been focusing on the mechanism of antibody bioactivity loss on paper substrate and the possible methods of prolonging the antibody longevity on paper substrate.

Anurag-Parihar

Anurag Parihar

Research topic: Conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to platform chemicals using a fluidised bed reactor

Anurag completed his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University, India in 2012. He worked as a scientist in the Biologics division of Dr. Reddy's before commencing his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2015. The principal focus of his doctoral research is on developing and optimising a thermo-catalytic process for biomass conversion to platform chemicals and quantifying the reaction kinetics (BAMI project 8). He is working under the supervision of Professor Sankar Bhattacharya and Professor Gil Garnier.

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Aysu Onur

Research topic: Novel structured adsorbents for liquid filtration  

Aysu completed her Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2013. She also received her Master degree in Engineering Management from Deakin University in 2015. Aysu is currently working on a GRIP (Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program) PhD project - Novel structured adsorbents for liquid filtration, under supervision of Dr. Warren Batchelor and Professor Gil Garnier, with 3M industry partnership. 

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Shaun Ang

Research topic: Development of sustainable, recyclable packaging applications for copy paper   

Shaun graduated from Monash University with a first class honors in his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree in 2015. In 2016, he became a PhD candidate at BioPRIA under the supervision of Dr. Warren Batchelor and Prof. Victoria Haritos, working directly with Australian Paper Maryvale to develop sustainable, recyclable packaging applications for copy paper. Shaun's research aims to develop new functional printed or coated materials based on cellulose nanofibres. 

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Kirubanandan Shanmugam

Research topic: Cellulosic fibre non-woven materials for high performance application

Kirubanandan Shanmugam is presently a PhD student at Monash University, Australia and working on nanocellulose as barrier materials. He did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras in 2001 and M.Tech in Biopharmaceutical Technology at Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India in 2006 and MASc (Chemical Engineering) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada in 2015.