Dr Colin Scholes

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.11
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Separation Technology (Membrane)

Personal webpage



Dr Colin Scholes was among eight young scientists from the University of Melbourne have been awarded 2012 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for Victoria.  All winners are leaders in their field, breaking new ground with their innovation and discoveries.  The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards aim to recognise early career researchers who have achieved significant research outcomes and have demonstrated their passion to engage with the community in science.  Award winners will spend the next year engaging with teachers, school students, parents and the broader community around Victoria and across Australia as part of the Tall Poppy Campaign run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

Dr Scholes was a successful recipient of this award for his work in Climate Change Mitigation.  Dr Scholes is developing efficient filtering membranes to separate carbon from industry gases such as coal-fired power stations.  

Recent publications

  1. Soroodan Miandoab E, Kentish S, Scholes C. Non-ideal modelling of polymeric hollow-fibre membrane systems: Pre-combustion CO2 capture case study. Journal of Membrane Science. Elsevier Science. 2020, Vol. 595. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117470
  2. Sheikh Alivand M, Mazaheri O, Wu Y, Stevens G, Scholes C, Mumford K. Data in brief on CO2 absorption-desorption of aqueous-based amino acid solvents with phase change behaviour. Data in Brief. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 27. DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104741
  3. Sheikh Alivand M, Mazaheri O, Wu Y, Stevens G, Scholes C, Mumford K. Development of aqueous-based phase change amino acid solvents for energy-efficient CO2 capture: The role of antisolvent. Applied Energy. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 256. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113911
  4. Scholes C. Educational Modules for Increasing Indigenous Australian Students' Involvement in Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 96, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00207
  5. Scholes C. Membrane contactors modelled for process intensification post combustion solvent regeneration. 14th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 87. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.05.025
  6. Hosseini E, Stevens G, Scholes C. Membrane gas-solvent contactors undergoing oscillating solvent flow for enhanced carbon dioxide capture. Separation and Purification Technology. 2019, Vol. 227. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.05.095
  7. Abdellah M, Liu L, Scholes C, Freeman BD, Kentish S. Organic solvent nanofiltration of binary vegetable oil/terpene mixtures: Experiments and modelling. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 573. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.12.026
  8. Scholes C. Pilot plants of membrane technology in industry: Challenges and key learnings. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. SpringerLink. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s11705-019-1860-x
  9. Scholes C, Kanehashi S. Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM-1) Membranes Treated with Supercritical CO2. Membranes. MDPIAG. 2019, Vol. 9, Issue 3. DOI: 10.3390/membranes9030041
  10. Abdellah M, Perez-Manriquez L, Puspasari T, Scholes C, Kentish S, Peinemann K-V. A catechin/cellulose composite membrane for organic solvent nanofiltration. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 567. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.09.042
  11. Abdellah M, Perez-Manriquez L, Puspasari T, Scholes C, Kentish S, Peinemann K-V. Effective Interfacially Polymerized Polyester Solvent Resistant Nanofiltration Membrane from Bioderived Materials. ADVANCED SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201800043
  12. Scholes C. Helium Recovery through Inorganic Membranes Incorporated with a Nitrogen Rejection Unit. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 57, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b00314
  13. Scholes C, Shen S. Mass transfer correlations for membrane gas-solvent contactors undergoing carbon dioxide desorption. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.05.005
  14. Scholes C, Kanehashi S. Polymeric membrane gas separation performance improvements through supercritical CO2 treatment. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 566. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.09.014
  15. Lu H, Liu L, Kanehashi S, Scholes C, Kentish S. The impact of toluene and xylene on the performance of cellulose triacetate membranes for natural gas sweetening. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 555. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.03.045

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