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The MAPEL group conducts particle technology research which have a wide range of applications including the dairy industry, nano-biological drug delivery and pharmaceutical wet granulation and tablet manufacturing processes. 


Prof. Cordelia Selomulya's research areas (based at Monash University)

  • Synthesis and applications of nanoparticles and nanomaterials. Examples include magnetic nanoparticles for protein  separation, enzyme immobilization, and vaccine delivery, and nanostructured materials for catalytic processes in energy conversion.
  • Biocompatible materials for applications in therapeutics and functional foods (i.e. dairy products). 
  • Single-step assembly of uniform microparticles via microfluidic spray drying. Recent examples of functional particles produced include microencapsulates for controlled release, magnetic microcomposites, photoluminescent particles, and highly ordered mesoporous particles
  • Breakthrough Technologies for Energy-Ef´Čücient Manufacture of Dairy Powders.
  • Scalable fabrication of novel mesoporous carbonaceous spheres with uniform size as effective adsorbents in water treatment









Prof. Karen Hapgood's research areas (Based at Deakin University)

  • Granulation and agglomeration processes, especially wet granulation processes used in the pharmaceutical, food, fertilizer and minerals industries.
  • Role of liquid binder distribution in wet granulation processes.
  • Novel granulation approaches: granulation of hydrophobic powders, understanding foam granulation
  • Dry granulation (roller compaction) processes: effect of roll force on tensile strength of ribbons and tablets
  • Role of shear in agglomeration: measurement of shear in-situ in industrial granulators, role of shear in dispersion of agglomerates (dry systems)
  • Pharmaceutical technology: Understanding drug and excipient distribution in pharmaceutical systems, drug delivery via inhaled particulates