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BioPRIA Postgraduate Students



Llyza Ellena Mendoza

Research topic: Development of novel applications for nanocellulose gels

Llyza has a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2015, Llyza has joined BioPRIA as a PhD student. Llyza is currently working on the development of nanocellulose gel and its potential applications - BAMI Project 5 under the supervision of Prof. Gil Garnier and Dr. Warren Batchelor.

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Thilina Gunawardhana 

Research topic: Biorefinery opportunities in a Thermomechanical Pulping Mill (TMP)

Thilina has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a Masters in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Thilina joined BioPRIA in 2015 and is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is working under the supervision of Dr Warren Batchelor and co-supervision of Assoc Prof. Antonio Patti on BAMI Project 6 - Biorefinery opportunities in a Thermomechanical Pulping Mill (TMP).


Aysu Onur

Research topic: Novel structured adsorbents for liquid filtration

Aysu completed her Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2013. She also received her Master degree in Engineering Management from Deakin University in 2015. Aysu is currently working on a GRIP (Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program) PhD project - Novel structured adsorbents for liquid filtration, under supervision of Dr. Warren Batchelor and Professor Gil Garnier, with 3M industry partnership.


Shaun Ang

Research topic: Development of sustainable, recyclable packaging applications for copy paper

Shaun graduated from Monash University with a first class honors in his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree in 2015. In 2016, he became a PhD candidate at BioPRIA under the supervision of Dr. Warren Batchelor and Prof. Victoria Haritos, working directly with Australian Paper Maryvale to develop sustainable, recyclable packaging applications for copy paper. Shaun's research aims to develop new functional printed or coated materials based on cellulose nanofibres.


Kirubanandan Shanmugam

Research topic: Cellulosic fibre non-woven materials for high performance application

Kirubanandan Shanmugam is presently a PhD student at Monash University, Australia and working on nanocellulose as barrier materials. He did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras in 2001 and M.Tech in Biopharmaceutical Technology at Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India in 2006 and MASc (Chemical Engineering) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada in 2015.

Xue Zhang

Xue Zhang

Research topic: Development of super hydrophobic packaging materials based on paper and other cellulosic substrates

Xue received her Bachelor and Master of Pulp and Paper Engineering from Tianjin University of Science & Technology, Tianjin P.R. China. She joined BioPRIA in 2015 as a PhD student and currently working under the supervision of Professor Wei Shen  and Dr. Warren Batchelor on BAMI project 2 - Super hydrophobic and super oleophilic paper for liquid and food packaging.


Anurag Parihar

Research topic: Conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to platform chemicals using a fluidised bed reactor

Anurag completed his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University, India in 2012. He worked as a scientist in the Biologics division of Dr. Reddy's before commencing his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2015. The principal focus of his doctoral research is on developing and optimising a thermo-catalytic process for biomass conversion to platform chemicals and quantifying the reaction kinetics (BAMI project 8). He is working under the supervision of Professor Sankar Bhattacharya and Professor Gil Garnier.

Rodrigo Curvello Dos Santos

Research topic: New concepts of nanocellulose gel for biomedical application

Rodrigo received his double Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering and Science and Technology at Federal University of ABC in Brazil. In 2015, he completed his Honours year at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), Monash University as a first-class student. Currently, Rodrigo carries his PhD under supervision of Professor Gil Garnier and Dr Rico Tabor. He is investigating new concepts of nanocellulose gel for multiple biomedical applications.

Maisha Maliha

Research topic: Renewable antibacterial barrier layer using nanocellulose-inorganic complex composites

Maisha completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, working on a project to incorporate an inorganic complex which is a broad spectrum antibacterial agent into microfibrillated cellulose for the development of antibacterial barrier layer.