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. Scholes C. Educational Modules for Increasing Indigenous Australian Students' Involvement in Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education. American Chemical Society. 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00207
  2. 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
  3. Hosseini E, Stevens G, Scholes C. Membrane gas-solvent contactors undergoing oscillating solvent flow for enhanced carbon dioxide capture. Separation and Purification Technology. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 227. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.05.095
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Scholes C, Freeman BD. Thermal rearranged poly(imide-co-ethyleneglycol) membranes for gas separation. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 563. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.06.027
  13. Abdellah M, Scholes C, Freeman BD, Liu L, Kentish S. Transport of terpenes through composite PDMS/PAN solvent resistant nanofiltration membranes. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 207. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2018.06.074
  14. Scholes C. Water Resistant Composite Membranes for Carbon Dioxide Separation from Methane. APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 5. DOI: 10.3390/app8050829
  15. Scholes C, Gosh UK, Ho MT. "The Economics of Helium Separation and Purification by Gas Separation Membranes" (vil 56, pg 5014, 2017). INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 36. DOI: 10.1021/acs.lecr.7b03427

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