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

Biography

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 is a Project Leader within the ARC Dairy Innovation Research Hub and a researcher within the Future Fuels CRC. 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 and as a Woman of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2018. 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. Talebi S, Chen G, Freeman B, Suarez F, Freckleton A, Bathurst K, Kentish S. Fouling and in-situ cleaning of ion-exchange membranes during the electrodialysis of fresh acid and sweet whey. Journal of Food Engineering. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 246. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2018.11.010
  2. Abdellah MH, 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.08.003
  8. Zheng Q, Xu X, Martin G, Kentish S. Critical review of strategies for CO2 delivery to large-scale microalgae cultures. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.07.013
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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

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