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. 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
  2. Mulroy LF, 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Hsu W-L, Harvie D, Davidson M, Dunstan D, Hwang J, Daiguji H. Viscoelectric Effects in Nanochannel Electrokinetics. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 121, Issue 37. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b06798

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