At the annual Monash Postgrad CEPA conference, Thanh Nguyen from MAPEL won 2nd prize for the best talk, on applying the Unified Compaction Curve theory to wet granulation.. Congratulations to Thanh!
Technological advances are delivering new ways to produce dried milk: a homely ingredient that helps drive a multibillion-dollar dairy export industry
The Australasian Particle Technology Society (APTS), led by A/Prof Cordelia Selomulya, recently run its 1st student conference prior to Chemeca 2013. The conference was attended by PhD students from Monash University, UNSW, and University of NewCastle, with the invited speaker A/Prof Patrick Spicer (UNSW) giving a talk titled "A Career in Particle Technology and the Definition of Particle". The meeting gave a chance for students to present their research, build long-lasting network, and enjoy the surf and sand of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Several bursaries* are available for student registration at the 7th World Congress on Particle Technology, proudly sponsored by The Australasian Particle Technology Society (APTS) with the generous support from the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials (3-M Centre).
A/Prof. Cordelia Selomulya and Dr Meng Wai Woo were recently selected to participate in the Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program 2013. The program selected 16 Australian researchers from universities and research institutions across Australia to develop long term science and research collaboration between Australia and China by bringing together future research leaders from both countries. In the two weeks visit, Cordelia visited and gave seminars at the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science and Procter & Gamble Technology Co Ltd in Beijing, State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Nanchang University, and Chemical Engineering Innovation Laboratory, Soochow University, while Meng Wai also visited Tianjin University. During the visit to Soochow University, Cordelia was officially appointed as adjunct professor of chemical engineering, with Meng Wai as adjunct associate professor at Soochow University.
Congratulations to Meng Wai for being a finalist in the annual "Fresh Science" competition! Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers share their stories of discovery. You can read about Meng Wai's Fresh Science research at http://freshscience.org.au/2013/asthma-inhaler
Asthma inhalers could soon become much more effective, thanks to a clever new way of making the particles they deliver invented by a Melbourne chemical engineer and his team.
Current puffer designs and typical size ranges of particles mean a large portion of the medication propelled into a patient’s throat remains there. Only a fraction reaches the lungs.
But Monash University lecturer Dr Meng Wai Woo and his team have now developed a method of making ultra-fine particles, which will make drug delivery much more consistent and efficient. The new method, known as anti-solvent vapour precipitation, uses ethanol to dehydrate droplets, and results in super-small particles of uniform size.
“Ultrafine uniform particles will ensure that fewer drug particles get stuck in the throat while more can reach the lower regions of the lungs,” said Dr Woo. “Because we can now make the small particles more uniform, it means the inhalers will work better.”
The team’s work results in particles smaller than a micron (thousandth of a millimetre) in diameter – much smaller than those produced by conventional dehydrating mechanisms, which are limited by the size of the atomised droplet.
Congratulations to Ryan Moo and David Barling, who each won a " TTC Best poster competition" prize for their research posters at the 2013 Sheffield Granulation workshop.
Congratulations to Ruohui Lin who won the Best Poster Award for her poster titled "Characterising the structure of Taurine particles during crystallisation via drying". Ruohui is in her 1st year of her PhD project, sponsored by Guangzhou Ling Nan Intel Entreprise Group Co., Ltd., and supervised by A/Prof. Cordelia Selomulya, Prof. Xiao Dong Chen, and Dr. Meng Wai Woo. Congratulations also to Dr. Woo who won the Young Scientist Award in Drying Research at the same conference.
Congratulations to Stephen Viduka, who won the "IMPC 2012 Young Author Award" at the International Minerals Processing Conference in India this month, for his paper on DEM-CFD modelling of jigging. Stephen's project is supported by CSIRO, and he is supervised by Dr Yuqing Feng (CSIRO), Dr Phil Schwarz (CSIRO) and Karen Hapgood (Monash). Stephen is currently busy writing up his PhD thesis.
A global decline in research and development (R&D) funding combined with a pharmaceuticals marketplace that has never been more competitive is changing the conventional relationship between academia and industry. Traditionally, each fed off the other; a reasonably straightforward payment for knowledge. But a new model is emerging that brings the skills of each other together, even at the lab level, to collaboratively problem-solve. But the science and technology needed to meet these expectations and deliver the next generation of healthcare products and services is now often beyond the resources of any one organisation.
It was this implication for future research that in 2009 brought researchers from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) and the University's Department of Chemical Engineering (MAPEL) into a working relationship with technicians from the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
The objective was to combine their considerable separate strengths to overcome hurdles confronting them both in the development and delivery of new pharmaceuticals. You can read more about the collaboration at:
Dr. Cordelia Selomulya has been selected as an MRA co-hort member for 2013-2014. The program aims to support high performing early to mid-career researcher with the potential to become a future leader in their fields. Dr. Selomulya was recently promoted to A/Prof in the 2012 round of promotion.
won the 3 minute thesis competition (3MT) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and was selected to be the representative at the same competition at the Faculty level. The 3MT competition challenges postgraduate students to be able to explain their research projects in everyday language to a general audience.
Ms Kathryn Elizabeth Waldron received a 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship to undertake a proposed program in Xiamen University People's Republic of China. The Endeavour Research Fellowships provide financial support for postgraduate students from participating countries to undertake a short-term research (4-6 months) at the host institution, and are awarded to high achieving Australian scholars. During Kathryn’s time in Xiamen University she will conduct studies in the microencapsulation of bioactive materials via microfluidic spray drying and their release behaviour in 'real time' using an in vitro dynamic artificial human stomach. The project forms a strategic initiative in establishing a joint R&D with Xiamen University on microencapsulation and functional foods, which is a multi-billion dollars industry in China. The research groups at Monash University (MAPEL and BFE) have strong links with dairy industries in Victoria, which stand to benefit with successful outcomes from this joint project.
Dr. Cordelia Selomulya, Prof. Dongyuan Zhao (Fudan University), and Prof Xiao Dong Chen (Xiamen University) receive an ARC Discovery grant (2012-2014) to conduct research on fabrication of mesoporous carbonaceous particles as effective adsorbents in water treatment. The project will be conducted mainly at Monash University, with close collaborations with the overseas institutions. Dr. Selomulya recently spent her sabbatical in 2011 at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Xiamen University.
Wenjie Liu won the Fell Consulting Award at Chemeca 2011 in Sydney for her paper titled "Evaporation-induced self-assembly of uniform silica microparticles with mesoscopic structures via spray drying". She was also the runner-up for the Graeme Jameson Award for another paper titled "One-pot synthesis and encapsulation of hydrophilic drug in uniform microparticles for controlled release" at the same conference.
Fatin Nawwab Al-Deen's Langmuir article on the use of superparamagnetic nanoparticles for delivery of malaria DNA vaccine was profiled in Nanowerk.
Profile of Karen Hapgood from ChE Thoughts Magazine
Congratulations to Fatin Nawwab Al-Deen and Ria Amelia who won the Best Poster Awards in their respective sessions at the 13th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineers Conference in Taiwan. Ria has since completed her Master by Research at the end of 2010 and graduated in 2011.
Ria Amelia won the Best Poster Award at the Tohoku-Monash Engineering Research Symposium 2009.