Professor David Dunstan

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.05
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Advanced Ceramics
  • Amyloid Inhibitors
  • Biophysics
  • Biophysics of Protein Conformation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Novel Cancer Therapies
  • Polymer Dynamics in Flow
  • Polymer Rheology / Rheofluorescence

Personal webpage



  • Nano and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Nanostructured Materials - Light emitting polymers - Polymer dynamics
  • Microfluidics - Rheofluorescence
  • Biophysics - Drug delivery
  • Protein aggregation - Disease - Processing
  • Ceramic Materials

Member of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre


  • Assistant Dean of Transition & Diversity for the Melbourne School of Engineering


  • St Vincents Hospital
  • Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash Medical Centre
  • Victorian Pharmacy College, (Monash) Dr Ian Larson 
  • Bio21 and Department of Biochemistry 
  • Gelcast:  Portland Ceramics
  • CSL Bioplasma  
  • CSL Vaccines     
  • CSIRO Molecular Sciences 
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Chemistry School, The University of Melbourne  


  • CSL limited, Research and Development, Parkville
  • CSL limited, Bioplasma, Broadmeadows
  • Microns to Measure
  • Betz Dearborn
  • Goodman Fielder, Ingredients, Australia and US
  • Bonlac
  • Murray Goulburn
  • SC Johnson Wax
  • Carlton and United Breweries
  • Mobil
  • Clover Corporation
  • Unilever UK
  • Rhodia International, Australia and US
  • Uncle Ben’s Australia
  • Uncle Toby’s
  • Kraft
  • Kodak
  • Cerebos
  • Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations


  • 2 Patents
  • 3 Provisional Patents

Recent publications

  1. Ranji-Burachaloo H, Reyhani A, Gurr P, Dunstan D, Qiao G. Combined Fenton and starvation therapies using hemoglobin and glucose oxidase. Nanoscale. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1039/c8nr09107b
  2. Dunstan D. The viscosity-radius relationship for concentrated polymer solutions. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2019, Vol. 9, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36596-6
  3. Homer S, Lundin L, Dunstan D. A detailed investigation of whey protein isolate solutions and gels reveals a number of novel characteristics. FOOD HYDROCOLLOIDS. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 77. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2017.10.035
  4. Ranji-Burachaloo H, Gurr P, Dunstan D, Qiao G. Cancer Treatment through Nanoparticle-Facilitated Fenton Reaction. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b07635
  5. Fu Q, Ranji-Burachaloo H, Liu M, McKenzie T, Tan S, Reyhani A, Nothling M, Dunstan D, Qiao G. Controlled RAFT polymerization facilitated by a nanostructured enzyme mimic. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 35. DOI: 10.1039/c8py00832a
  6. Di H, Martin G, Sun Q, Xie D, Dunstan D. Detailed, real-time characterization of particle deposition during crossflow filtration as influenced by solution properties. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 555. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.03.021
  7. Ow S-Y, Bekard I, Dunstan D. Effect of natural biopolymers on amyloid fibril formation and morphology. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 106. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.07.171
  8. Ranji-Burachaloo H, Fu Q, Gurr P, Dunstan D, Qiao G. Improved Fenton Therapy Using Cancer Cell Hydrogen Peroxide. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY. CSIRO Publications. 2018, Vol. 71, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1071/CH18281
  9. Ng KSY, Dunstan D, Martin G. Influence of diafiltration on flux decline during skim milk ultrafiltration. INTERNATIONAL DAIRY JOURNAL. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 87. DOI: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2018.07.021
  10. Ng KSY, Dunstan D, Martin G. Influence of processing temperature on flux decline during skim milk ultrafiltration. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 195. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.12.029
  11. Yu M-N, Soleimaninejad H, Lin J-Y, Zuo Z-Y, Liu B, Bo Y-F, Bai L-B, Han Y-M, Smith T, Xu M, Wu X-P, Dunstan D, Xia R-D, Xie L-H, Bradley DDC, Huang W. Photophysical and Fluorescence Anisotropic Behavior of Polyfluorene beta-Conformation Films. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03148
  12. Bidram E, Sulistio A, Cho H, Amini A, Harris T, Zarrabi A, Qiao G, Stewart A, Dunstan D. Targeted Graphene Oxide Networks: Cytotoxicity and Synergy with Anticancer Agents. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 50. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b17531
  13. Di H, Martin G, Dunstan D. A microfluidic system for studying particle deposition during ultrafiltration. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 532. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.03.017
  14. Ng KSY, Haribabu M, Harvie D, Dunstan D, Martins GJO. Mechanisms of flux decline in skim milk ultrafiltration: A review. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 523. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2016.09.036
  15. Ranji-Burachaloo H, Karimi F, Xie K, Fu Q, Gurr P, Dunstan D, Qiao G. MOF-Mediated Destruction of Cancer Using the Cell's Own Hydrogen Peroxide. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07981

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