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 (Solvent extraction, gas absorption)
  • 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 is a Project Leader within the ARC Dairy Innovation Research Hub, a researcher within the Future Fuels CRC and sits on the EPA Victoria Science, Engineering and Health Committee. She was the Discipline Leader in the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) for Membrane Technology from 2003-2015.

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 was elected to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in 2019.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. Wang Q, Chen G, Kentish S. Isolation of lactoferrin and immunoglobulins from dairy whey by an electrodialysis with filtration membrane process. Separation and Purification Technology. Elsevier Science. 2020, Vol. 233. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.115987
  2. Soroodan Miandoab E, Kentish S, Scholes C. Non-ideal modelling of polymeric hollow-fibre membrane systems: Pre-combustion CO2 capture case study. Journal of Membrane Science. Elsevier Science. 2020, Vol. 595. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117470
  3. Kentish S. 110th Anniversary: Process Developments in Carbon Dioxide Capture Using Membrane Technology. Industrial && Engineering Chemistry Research. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 58, Issue 28. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.9b02013
  4. Chen G, Artemi A, Lee J, Gras S, Kentish S. A pilot scale study on the concentration of milk and whey by forward osmosis.. Separation and Purification Technology. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 215. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.01.050
  5. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. An investigation of the impact of fouling agents in capacitive and membrane capacitive deionisation. DESALINATION. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 457. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2019.01.031
  6. Xu X, Martin G, Kentish S. Enhanced CO2 bio-utilization with a liquid-liquid membrane contactor in a bench-scale microalgae raceway pond. Journal of CO2 Utilization. 2019, Vol. 34. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2019.06.008
  7. 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
  8. Pramanik BK, Asif MB, Kentish S, Long DN, Hai FI. Lithium enrichment from a simulated salt lake brine using an integrated nanofiltration-membrane distillation process. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 7, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2019.103395
  9. Chen G, Leong T, Kentish S, Ashokkumar M, Martin G. Membrane Separations in the Dairy Industry. SEPARATION OF FUNCTIONAL MOLECULES IN FOOD BY MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY. Academic Press. 2019. Editors: Galanakis CM. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-815056-6.00008-5
  10. Liu L, Kentish S. Modelling of methane and n-butane sorption, diffusion and permeation in polydimethylsiloxane using PC-SAFT. Journal of Membrane Science. Elsevier Science. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117642
  11. Abdellah M, 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
  12. Chen G, Gras S, Kentish S. Separation Technologies for Salty Wastewater Reduction in the Dairy Industry. Separation & Purification Reviews. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2019, Vol. 48, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1080/15422119.2018.1496452
  13. Karimi Alavijeh M, Meyer AS, Gras S, Kentish S. Simulation and economic assessment of large-scale enzymatic N-acetyllactosamine manufacture. Biochemical Engineering Journal. Elsevier Science. 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.bej.2019.107459
  14. Pax A, Ong L, Vongsvivut J, Tobin MJ, Kentish S, Gras S. The characterisation of Mozzarella cheese microstructure using high resolution synchrotron transmission and ATR-FTIR microspectroscopy. Food Chemistry. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 291. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.04.016
  15. Ong L, D’incecco P, Pellegrino L, Nguyen HTH, Kentish S, Gras S. The Effect of Salt on the Structure of Individual Fat Globules and the Microstructure of Dry Salted Cheddar Cheese. Food Biophysics. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s11483-019-09606-x

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