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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.

Our Mission:

To provide world-class technology based research, development and training enabling the sustainable innovation for a competitive Australian Bio-resource industry.

Our Vision:

  • To foster the migration of the Australian pulp and paper industry into biorefineries and producers of high-value products.
    Research directly contributes to the innovation required to develop high-value products complementary to the current one.
    Training enables engineers and scientists to improve competitively by increasing product quality and process efficiency (cut cost) while promoting receptivity to innovation: new technology, new methods and new products.
  • To develop a competitive Australasian green economy.
  • To align lignocellulosic products with the strong Australian sectors with expanding markets: Examples include food (super-hydrophobic paper for liquid  packaging, oligosaccharides, hydrogels), biomedical (paper for blood tests and bio-diagnostics, biogel), construction materials (thin panels for insulation- energy, noise), energy (biofuel, biogas/cogeneration) and mining (paper filter for underground trucks.
  • To develop value chains combining all the complementary industrial partners in the supply chains and the required scientific technical expertise.
  • To work with multidisciplinary teams to resolve trans disciplinary projects and important challenges.

BioPRIA has three research platforms to achieve these objectives: 1) biointerfaces and diagnostics, 2) cellulose nanomaterials and composites and 3) biorefinery and Green Processes. Each platform is supported by a partnership Industry, ARC with Monash University.

Gil Garnier
Director and Professor
Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA)
PALS ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub
Department of Chemical Engineering
Monash University


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.

BioPRIA News

Patent for in-situ filling of nanocellulose composites

June 8th, 2018|

BioPRIA is pleased to announce the granting of the patent for a new concept of in-situ filling of nanocellulose composites (WO 2017152217 A1). Entitled "Material composition and method of producing a material composition with enhanced barrier [...]

Effects of fibre dimension and charge density on nanocellulose gels

April 27th, 2018|

Our new article "Effects of fibre dimension and charge density on nanocellulose gels" has been published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. This study investigated the effect of pulp source on the nanocellulose fibre [...]

Engineering cellulose fibre inorganic composites for depth filtration and adsorption

April 27th, 2018|

Our new paper "Engineering cellulose fibre inorganic composites for depth filtration and adsorption" has been published in Separation and Purification Technology.  This study demonstrates that highly fibrillated nanocellulose fibres combined with a cationic wet strength [...]

Water Resistant Cellulose – Titanium Dioxide Composites for Photocatalysis

March 16th, 2018|

We are glad to announce the publication of our new article in Nature Research Journal. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-20569-w Abstract: Novel water resistant photocatalytic composites of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)—polyamide-amine-epichlorohydrin (PAE)—TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by a simple two-step [...]

Our new paper on Flexible spray coating process for smooth nanocellulose film production

March 16th, 2018|

Our new article in Cellulose has now been published. Here we show that spray coating can be used to produce a strong, dense and robust nanocellulose (NC) films. Basis weight of NC films can be [...]


2018 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials – Madison, Wisconsin

June 7th, 2018|

The 2018 TAPPI Nanotechnology Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin USA from 11-14 June 2018. The theme of the conference is "Cellulose Nanomaterials - Solutions for Industry Applications".  The conference will be focusing on new research findings and the latest [...]

Technical Skills Webinar 2 – Research Project Planning and Experimental Design for Industry Professionals

April 6th, 2018|

When: 4 May 2018 (time TBA) at BioPRIA, 15 Alliance Lane, Clayton 3800 Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Warren Batchelor (BioPRIA) and Rohan Wilks (Australian Paper)

Australasian Particle Technology Society Student Conference

February 28th, 2018|

Abstract submission due: 15 May 2018 When: 29-30 September 2018 The Australasian Particle Technology Society will host its 3rd Student Conference on 29-30 September 2018 in Lake Hayes Pavilion, Queenstown, New Zealand. The conference will [...]

2018 Progress in Paper Physic Seminar

February 28th, 2018|

Abstract submission due: 30 April 2018 When: 23-27 September 2018 The 2018 Progress in Paper Physics Seminar will be held in Lodz, Poland on the 23rd- 27th of September 2018. The aim is to bring [...]

Chemeca 2018 – Chemical Engineering in Australasia

February 28th, 2018|

Abstract submission deadline extended to 1 March 2018 When: 30 September – 3 October 2018 The Chemeca 2018 conference will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand on the 30th of September – 3rd of October [...]