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Garnier Gil PROF 3X3


Professor Gil Garnier
is the Director of BioPRIA within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. His current research interests are focused on the application of colloids and polymers to surfaces, adhesion, composites, and the process of papermaking.

At BioPRIA, Gil is head of a multidisciplinary team which uses nanotechnology for surface engineering, bioprinting and the development of novel specialty papers. Gil is also Director of the three-year ARC-funded Industry Research Hub - the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI).

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Batchelor Warren DR 3X3


Dr Warren Batchelor
is the Deputy Director of BioPRIA and works in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer. He is an expert on paper as a nonwoven cellulose fibre material, including the relationships between sheet properties and internal structure, and is the Chairman of the Tappi Paper Physics Committee, the peak committee for the field. Warren is also Co-Director of the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI).

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Shen WEI PROF 3X3


Professor Wei Shen
is involved two projects at BioPRIA within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. Wei’s research interest is in surface engineering. He has been leading research projects in paper- and thread-based microfluidic sensors for diagnosis and environmental sensing, functional and biological printing, wetting and drying of soft matters, powder-liquid interfaces, soft biological reactors using liquid marbles for stem cell research, and superhydrophobic surfaces and cellulose materials.

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Dr. Joanne Tanner has industry experience in mining and minerals, oil and gas, and process control as well as industrial and academic research. She recently completed her Ph.D. in reaction engineering at Monash University and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Dr. Tanner is now an academic in the BioPRIA, and her research interests include biorefinery and waste biomass utilisation for sustainable fuels and chemicals production.