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-Efﬁcient 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