The Bioresource Processing Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) is an institute engaged in creating new industries and transforming established ones through education and research. Located within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, BioPRIA was established in 1989 by the Australasian pulp and paper industry, in conjunction with Monash University, and with the continued support of the Australian Government.
BioPRIA provides world-class technology-based research, development and training enabling sustainable innovation for a competitive Australian bio-manufacturing industry.
BioPRIA has three main research platforms that aim to maximise the value of renewable forest resources to produce new value-add products of the future.
The ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products (PALS) receives $6.8 million investment over 5 years from the ARC funding, industry partners and Monash University contributions.
Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI) ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub aims to explore the concept of biorefinery and to identify nanocellulose applications and speciality chemicals as key technologies.
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GLIF DEMONSTRATES ITS POTENTIAL AT MONASH UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY
GLIF was a huge success at this year’s 2019 Monash University Open Day for prospective students.
GLIF, which stands for Group Legible Immunohaematological Format, is a hand-held device that can determine one’s ABO blood type from only a drop of blood. Glif is a paradigm shift in blood group serology requiring no external elements to perform a rapid, reliable and self-interpreting ABO.
BIOPRIA AND VARDEN PARTNER TO PRODUCE SUSTAINABLE COFFEE CAPSULES
Every day, all over the world, millions of single-use coffee capsules (pods) are sent to landfill. Coffee capsules are typically made of a combination of plastic and aluminium, so they can’t be easily sorted and recycled. The team at BioPRIA, together with our industry partner Varden, are working on a sustainable, home-compostable solution to this problem – bio-based coffee capsules for home espresso machines.
WORLD FIRST LASER INCUBATOR
BioPRIA and Haemokinesis have developed the world’s first blood incubator based on laser technology. The technology makes it possible to rapidly heat blood samples without damaging the red blood cells or antibody molecules. We have demonstrated our method of laser heating to be faster and more sensitive than current technologies.