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.
To provide world-class technology based research, development and training enabling the sustainable innovation for a competitive Australian Bio-resource industry.
- 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.
Director and Professor
Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA)
PALS ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub
Department of Chemical Engineering
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.
Our paper has recently been published in Macromolecules. The work investigated dissolution of cellulose in 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolioum acetate (EMIMAc) ionic liquid (IL) using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) with contrast variation. Cellulose and EMIMAc of different deuteration [...]
Our recent work on the development of multi-layer depth inorganic cellulose filters is published in Frontiers in Chemistry. Filters made of cellulose fiber and perlite particles were prepared using a wet laying papermaking technique. Polyamide-amine-epichlorohydrin [...]
This work is recently published in Frontiers in Chemistry. Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) are explored to stabilize oil/water emulsions for their ability to adsorb at the oil/water interface. In this work, the role of electrostatic forces in [...]
Congratulations to PhD candidate Maisha Maliha whose presentation took out 2nd place in the Appita Australian New Speakers Competition.
This morning (17 August 2018) the Appita Australian New Speakers Competition took place at BioPRIA, Monash University. There were six outstanding competitors who fought for their rights to represent Australia at the 2018 Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain conference [...]
Visiting Professors Symposium will be held on Tuesday, 11th of December 2018, from 10am - 3pm. Location: BioPRIA Lecture Room G03, Building 59, Monash Clayton Campus 15 Alliance Lane Speakers: Professor Patrice Mangin (University of Québec in [...]