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 is the offspring of the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (APPI), which was established in 1989.

BioPRIA  provides world-class technology based research, development and training enabling sustainable innovation for a competitive Australian Bio-resource industry. The centre is located within the Monash engineering precinct at its Clayton campus.

Our research

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.


Diagnostics platform aims at engineering paper biodiagnostics for health, environment and food safety applications and to maintain the bioactivity of biomolecules immobilised on a surface.

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Training the future leaders of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy

Dr Joanne Tanner talks to Appita about training future leaders of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy.  She explains how BioPRIA, Monash University is making sure tomorrow’s engineers are equipped with the skills they will need to succeed in a future where bio means business!

“The past year or so has been a very busy and exciting time for the team at BioPRIA. We have been hard at work designing and developing course content for our new postgraduate course, the Master of Bioproduct Manufacturing Engineering. Established with the support of our industrial partners in the pulp and paper sector, our focus is on making sure tomorrow’s engineers are equipped with the skills they will need to succeed in a future where bio means business!”

Download the article: Appita Magazine_Issue 1_Jan-Mar 2019_Joanne Tanner