Professor Sandra Kentish

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: G03
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #2
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Dairy processing
  • Membrane Technology (Carbon Capture, Water Treatment, desalination)
  • Separations technology
  • Sonoprocessing (Ultrasound)
  • Water recycling


Professor Sandra Kentish is Head of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. She is also an invited Professor at the Centre for Water, Earth and the Environment within the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Canada.

Professor Kentish has broad interests in industrial separations, particularly the use of membrane technology for energy, food and water applications. She was the Discipline Leader in the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) for Membrane Technology from 2003-2015. She was a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination from 2010-2016. She was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute from 2009 - 2012.

Professor Kentish was selected as one of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia in 2017. She has also been awarded the Grimwade Prize in Industrial Chemistry, the Caltex Teaching Award of Excellence for Training of Chemical Engineers in Australasia, the Edward Brown Award and Kelvin Medal for Teaching Excellence within the University of Melbourne and the L.R. East Medal as Valedictorian of her Bachelors Degree Class.

Before commencing an academic career, Professor Kentish spent nine years in industry, with positions in Altona Petrochemical Company, Kodak Australasia and Kimberly Clark Australia. 

Recent publications

  1. Hu G, Xiao Z, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G, Connal L. A carbonic anhydrase inspired temperature responsive polymer based catalyst for accelerating carbon capture. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 332. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.039
  2. 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
  3. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. A comparison of multicomponent electrosorption in capacitive deionization and membrane capacitive deionization. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 131. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.015
  4. Chen G, Talebi S, Gras S, Weeks M, Kentish S. A review of salty waste stream management in the Australian dairy industry. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. Academic Press - Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.056
  5. Hu G, Smith K, Wu Y, Mumford K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Carbon dioxide capture by solvent absorption using amino acids: A review. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering. Chemical Industry Press. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.08.003
  6. Zheng Q, Xu X, Martin G, Kentish S. Critical review of strategies for CO2delivery to large-scale microalgae cultures. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering. Chemical Industry Press. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.07.013
  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. Kanehashi S, Aguiar A, Lu H, Chen G, Kentish S. Effects of industrial gas impurities on the performance of mixed matrix membranes. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 549. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.10.056
  9. Kentish S, Liu L. High Performance CO2 Separation Thin Film Composite Membranes. Advanced Materials for Membrane Fabrication and Modification. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). 2018. Editors: Gray S, Toshinori T, Cohen Y, Lau W-J.
  10. Kentish S. MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY Embedded enzymes catalyse capture. NATURE ENERGY. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0146-8
  11. Liu L, Kentish S. Pervaporation performance of crosslinked PVA membranes in the vicinity of the glass transition temperature. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 553. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.02.021
  12. Lee JY, Yasui K, Ashokkumar M, Kentish S. Quantification of Cavitation Activity by Sonoluminescence To Study the Sonocrystallization Process under Different Ultrasound Parameters. CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.8b00547
  13. Ong L, Kentish S, Gras S. Small scale production of cream cheese: A comparison of batch centrifugation and cloth bag methods. INTERNATIONAL DAIRY JOURNAL. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 81. DOI: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2018.01.008
  14. Li Q, Chen G, Liu L, Kentish S. Spray assisted layer-by-layer assembled one-bilayer polyelectrolyte reverse osmosis membranes. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 564. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.07.047
  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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