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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.

ARC Hubs


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

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 [...]

BioPRIA ARC Research Grant Success

February 28th, 2018|

BioPRIA application for an ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products was one of the three Research Hubs to receive support from the Commonwealth Government. BioPRIA will receive $6.8 million investment from [...]


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 [...]