Seminar Series

The PFPC Seminar Series brings together staff, students and visitors to present and discuss their latest research findings. The Seminar Series provides members with an opportunity to keep up to date with the research activities and overall direction of the research within the Centre as well as the latest local and international research developments.

Seminar Organising Committee Members

The Tuesday seminar series is run by student members of the PFPC.

Christopher Bolton
Emma Brisson
Enrico Colombo
Eric Höfgen
Emily Jamieson
Alessia Weiss

The Seminar Series is run fortnightly at 4.15–5.15pm Tuesdays in the Graduate Centre (1888 Building).

We invite attendees to join us for refreshments following the seminar.

2017 Seminar Program

Date Speakers Topic

5 December 2017
(Seminar Room 202, Old Metallurgy - Bldg 166)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Wen Li (April)
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Geoff Stevens, Kathryn Mumford, Kathryn Smith

Completion Seminar

Pulsed Solvent Extraction Column Performance: Study and Comparison of Standard and TPC-KIs Disc and Doughnut Internals

21 November 2017
(Seminar Room 202, Old Metallurgy - Bldg 166)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Armineh Hassanvand
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Sandra Kentish, Paul Webley

Completion Seminar

Membrane Capacitive Deionisation as a Novel Approach to Waste Water Treatment

23 October 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Yasmina Dkhissi - Monash’s Net Zero initiative

Tom Statham - JBS&G

Ida Widnersson - FPA Patent Attorneys

Terence Hartnett - Accenture

Former PFPC Alumni Share Their Experience Before and After Completing Their PhD

10 October 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Yutian Ma
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Frank Caruso, Andrew Wise

Cancer Cells Targeting using Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Polyphenol with Different Capsule Shapes

12 September 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Duo Wang
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Geoff Stevens, Spas Kolev

A comparison of commercial and purified LIX84I in polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs) for the transport of Cu(II)

Ewa Czuba
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Frank Caruso, Christina Cortez- Jugo

Nanoparticle Approaches to Anti-HIV siRNA Delivery

29 August 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Malavika Haribabu
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: David Dunstan, Malcolm Davidson and Dalton Harvie

Simulating the behavior of skim milk ultrafiltration

15 August 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Eric Höfgen
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Anthony Stickland, Peter Scales and Robin Batterham

Superposition of shear and compression - A new perspective on dewatering

Marcin Wojniłowicz
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Francesca Cavalieri and Frank Caruso

Transfection agents based on glycogen for siRNA delivery into multicellular tumour spheroids

1 August 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Gan Lin
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisor: Frank Caruso

TBA

Ayana Bhaskaran
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Luke Connal, Zeyun Xiao

Engineering artificial lipases: inspired by nature

18 July 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Kristofer Cupic
(School of Chemistry)
Supervisors: Georgina Such, Angus Johnston

Designing new bio-smart materials through protein-polymer conjugates

Luke Richards
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Sally Gras, Geoff Stevens

Noscapine biotransformations

4 July 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Duo Wang
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Geoff Stevens, Spas Kolev

Development of a very stable LIX84I-based polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) for the extraction and transport of Cu(II) from ammoniacal solutions

Ross Wylie
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Luke Connal, Zeyun Xiao

Polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries

20 June 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Pietro Pacchin Tomanin
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Francesca Cavalieri, Frank Caruso

Phosphate-cobalt-based nanoflowers for glucose biosensing

Samuel Pinches
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisor: George Franks

Role of freezing rate on templated pore structures in dense freeze cast ceramics

6 June 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Junchao Ma
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Kathryn Mumford,Geoff Stevens

Development of contaminant removal materials suitable for implementation in cold regions

Wen Li
(Department of Chemical Engineering)
Supervisors: Geoff Stevens, Kathryn Smith, Kathryn Mumford

Comparison of hydrodynamic performance of pulsed solvent extraction columns with Tenova kinetics internals (TPC-KIs) and standard disc and doughnut internals for copper extraction by using LIX 84

23 May 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Samuel Skinner
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Anthony Stickland, Peter Scales

Predicting transmembrane pressure rise from biofouling layer compressibility and permeability during microfiltration

Matt Biviano
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Ray Dagastine

TBA

9 May 2017
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Seyed Farshad Motevalizadeh
(School of Chemistry)
Supervisor: Rachel Caruso

Functionalized mesoporous zirconium titanium oxide nanospheres as super acid catalysts for the efficient conversion of fructose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

11 April 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Tianyi (Alisa) Bai
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Ray Dagastine, Daniel Heath

Two AFM methods to study the adsorption of polymer-surfactant complexes on surfaces relevant to product formulation

Hongzhan Di
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Dave Dunstan, Greg Martin

A fundamental study of membrane fouling using a microfluidic filtration system

28 March 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Emily Jamieson
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Ray Dagastine, Jo Berry

Drop adhesion with polymer-surfactant complexes, through AFM and microfluidics

Jack Churchill
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Kathryn Mumford, Geoff Stevens, Sally Gras

Utilising native Antarctic microbes for the bio-physical treatment of hydrocarbon contamination in meltwater

14 March 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Mitchell Nothling
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Luke Connal, Greg Qiao

Enzyme-inspired catalysts

Milena Nadgorny
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Luke Connal, Zeyun Xiao

3D-printing of pH-responsive and functional polymers

28 February 2017
(Multi-Function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Alessia Weiss
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Frank Caruso

Influence of particle design and biological milieu on protein corona formation under flow

Aida Shakouri
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Daniel Heath

Fetal membrane-derived extracellular matrix hydrogels improve potency of placental mesenchymal stem/stromal cells

14 February 2017
(Gryphon Gallery, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Fatemeh Karimi
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Daniel Heath, Greg Qiao, Andrea O'Connor

Design of advanced biomaterials to promote endothelialization for small diameter vascular graft applications

Amin Reyhani
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Greg Qiao

Fenton-RAFT polymerization: An on-demand chain growth method

 

2016 Seminar Program

Date Speakers Topic

6 December 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Nouman Mirza
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Geoff Stevens, Sandra Kentish

CO2 Capture Using Deep Eutectic Solvents [COMPLETION SEMINAR]

Sahar Talebi
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Sandra Kentish, George Chen

Acid Whey Management and Treatment (Business Case Study)

22 November 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Hiep (Bill) Lu
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Sandra Kentish, Colin Scholes, Shinji Kanehashi

The Impact of Ethylene Glycol on the Performance of Cellulose Triacetate Membrane for CO2 Separation

Joe Berry
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

Multiphase Flows in Micro- and Nano-Scale Devices

8 November 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Wei Sung Ng (Will)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: George Franks, Luke Connal, Elizaveta Forbes (CSIRO)

Surface-Selective Temperature-Responsive Polymers for Minerals Processing Applications

25 October 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Chris Fewkes
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Ray Dagastine

Droplet Structures in Microfluidics using Surface Forces

Stephan Burger
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Andrea O'Connor

Synthesis of Hierachically Macro/Mesoporous Silica Beads by Means of the Co-Micelle/Emulsion Templating Method

11 October 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Hao Wei
(School of Chemistry)
Supervisor: Rachel Caruso

Chemical Bonding and Physical Trapping of Sulfur in Mesoporous Magnéli Ti4O7 Microspheres for High-performance Li-S Battery

27 September 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Guoping Hu
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Geoff Stevens, Sandra Kentish, Kathryn Smith

Enzymatic Carbon Dioxide Capture Using Potassium Carbonate Solvent

Shuaijun Pan
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Frank Caruso

A Dry Coat Inspires the World

13 September 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Ka Fung (Leo) Noi
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Frank Caruso, Kristian Kempe

The effect of size and rigidity on the in vivo journey of layer-by-layer polymeric particles

Jeannie Tan (3MS)
(School of Chemistry)
Supervisors: Rachel Caruso, Xingdong Wang

Solar Fuels Based on Reverse Combustion

Anita Pax (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bio21 Institute)
Supervisors:Sally Gras, Lydia Ong, Sandra Kentish

Pizza cheese: what makes it stretchy?

Eve Revalor (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Daniel Heath

TBA

30 August 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Mitchell Nothling
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Luke Connal, Greg Qiao

Bioinspired catalysts- Mimicking the active site of enzymes

Tao Huang (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Andrea O'Connor, Daniel Heath

3D printing antimicrobial skin scaffold

Armineh Hassanvand (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Sandra Kentish, Paul Webley, George Chen

Desalination with a battery

Ronald Halim (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Paul Webley, Greg Martin

Dark-anoxia incubation of microalgal biomass: A novel processing technology for the fuel of tomorrow

Jack Churchill (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisors: Kathryn Mumford, Geoff Stevens, Sally Gras

Keeping Antarctica clean

16 August 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Tomohito Kameda
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
Supervisor:

Uptake of metal ions from an aqueous solution using layered double hydroxide modified with chelating agent

Mitchell Nothling (3MS)
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Supervisor: Luke Connal, Greg Qiao

Catalysis- Inspired by nature

Sam Pinches (3MS)

A new horizon in shaping ceramics

Enrico Colombo (3MS)

Dye! Don’t die!!!

Marcin Wojnilowicz (3MS)

It's all about sugar

1 August 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Joseph Collins
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Luke Connal

Oxime click chemistry for polymer synthesis

Yiqun Li
(School of Chemistry)
Supervisor: Rachel Caruso

Electrochromic (EC) materials

19 July 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Eric Höfgen
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Anthony Stickland, Peter Scales, Robin Batterham

Superposition of compression and shear in filtration

Wenjie Zhang
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Frank Caruso

Metal-phenolic coated gold nanoparticles as inhibitors of amyloid fibrils

5 July 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Tomoya Suma
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Frank Caruso

Mannosylated micro- and nanoparticles for specific recognition of bacteria

Sam Skinner (3MS)
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Peter Scales, Anthony Stickland

Pushing S@#t - Effluent to affluent

Eric Höfgen (3MS)
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Anthony Stickland, Robin Batterham, Peter Scales

Squeezing the last drop out!

Christopher Bolton (3MS)
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Ray Dagastine

Tripping the Light Fantastic: A colourful new approach for observing nanoparticle building blocks

21 June 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Leonie van 't Hag
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Sally Gras, Charlotte Conn, Calum Drummond

The use of lipidic self-assembly materials for amphiphilic peptide and protein encapsulation

Yi (David) Ju
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Frank Caruso, Jiwei Cui

Protein coronas on metal-phenolic capsules for enhanced targeting specificity

7 June 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Marcin Wojnilowicz
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Francesca Cavalieri, Frank Caruso

Glycogen nanoparticles for siRNA delivery

24 May 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Christopher Bolton
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: R Dagastine

A theoretical framework for anisotropic total internal reflection microscopy

26 April 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Lisa Zychowski
(Food chemistry and technology-Teagasc, Ireland)
Supervisors: Alan Kelly, Seamus O’Mahony, Mark Auty

Structuring emulsion interfaces to control phytosterol crystallization in dispersed systems

Danzi Song
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Frank Caruso

Surface chemistry dependent biological behaviour of polymeric replica particles

12 April 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Sam Law
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Greg Martin, Peter Scales

Hexane recovery from ruptured concentrated microalgae paste via centrifugation

Samuel Pinches
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: George Franks, Carolina Tallon

The influence of freezing rate on microstructure evolution within freeze-cast ceramics

5 April 2016
(Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Lecture Theatre)

12.00 - 1.00 pm

Simon Clews
Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne

Special PFPC/Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Departmental Seminar:

Making the Most of Your Three Minutes

29 March 2016

EASTER TUESDAY - NO SEMINAR

15 March 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Joseph Collins
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Luke Connal

Oxime click chemistry for polymer synthesis

Alessia Weiss & Chris Bolton

PFPC 3 Minute "Spotlight" Competition (cf. 3MT)

1 March 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Qi Zheng
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Sandra Kentish, Greg Martin

Energy efficient transfer of carbon dioxide from flue gases to microalgal systems

Emma Brisson
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisors: Luke Connal, George Franks

Thermoresponsive, Zwitterionic, Amino Acid Functional Polymers

16 February 2016
(Multi-function Room, MSGR)

4.15 - 5.15 pm

Sara Sayanjali
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Sally Gras

The development of extruded ready to eat snacks containing curcumin

Anita Pax
(Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Eng)
Supervisor: Sally Gras

Changes to the microstructure and functionality of Mozzarella cheese during storage as a block or shredded product

 

For further details of upcoming seminars please contact Dr Michelle de Silva.