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.
The focus of BioPRIA is on the conversion of bioresources into advanced materials, chemicals, energy and food. Projects in these fields are drawn together under three main research areas:
• Performance Materials
• Biorefinery and Sustained Processes
The major component of this research is conducted within the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI) which is developing new products and markets, increasing operational efficiency and improving product quality. The education arm of the Institute provides a Master of Bioresource Engineering with lectures, workshops and seminars for engineers and scientists in the practical and theoretical aspects of biorefining, pulping, papermaking, paper properties, and surface modification of paper and printing. Through its close association with the Australian Pulp & Paper Industry, BioPRIA also conducts short courses for industry employees in pulping, papermaking, paper properties and printing, in conjunction with Appita.