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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Kentish S. Embedded enzymes catalyse capture. Nature Energy. 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0146-8
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Nguyen H, Ong L, Hoque A, Kentish S, Williamson N, Ang C, Gras S. A proteomic characterization shows differences in the milk fat globule membrane of buffalo and bovine milk. Food Bioscience. 2017, Vol. 19. DOI: 10.1016/j.fbio.2017.05.004
  9. Nguyen H, Ong L, Hoque A, Kentish S, Williamson N, Ang C, Grasa SL. A proteomic characterization shows differences in the milk fat globule membrane of buffalo and bovine milk. FOOD BIOSCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 19. DOI: 10.1016/j.fbio.2017.05.004
  10. Kanehashi S, Chen G, Danaci D, Webley P, Kentish S. Can the addition of carbon nanoparticles to a polyimide membrane reduce plasticization?. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 183. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.04.013
  11. Soodam K, Ong L, Powell IB, Kentish S, Gras S. Effect of elevated temperature on the microstructure of full fat Cheddar cheese during ripening. Food Structure. 2017, Vol. 14. DOI: 10.1016/j.foostr.2017.05.003
  12. Kentish S. Engineering Principles of Ultrasound Technology. Ultrasound: Advances for Food Processing and Preservation. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Bermudezaguirre D. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-804581-7.00001-4
  13. Hu G, Smith K, Nicholas N, Yong J, Kentish S, Stevens G. Enzymatic carbon dioxide capture using a thermally stable carbonic anhydrase as a promoter in potassium carbonate solvents. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 307. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2016.08.064
  14. Mirza N, Mumford K, Wu Y, Mazhar S, Kentish S, Stevens G. Improved Eutectic Based Solvents for Capturing Carbon Dioxide (CO2). 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 114. Editors: Dixon T, Laloui L, Twinning S. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1909
  15. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. Improvement of MCDI operation and design through experiment and modelling: Regeneration with brine and optimum residence time. DESALINATION. Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 417. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.05.004

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