Professor Amanda Ellis

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.31a
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Design and chemical modification of 2D and 3D surfaces
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • Membranes and biofilms
  • Polymers
  • Repurposing agricultural waste


Amanda Ellis is a Professor and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She graduated with a Ph.D (Applied Chemistry) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. After two postdocs in the USA, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New Mexico State University she secured a prestigious Foundation of Research Science and Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Industrial Research Ltd (now Callaghan Innovations). In 2006 she commenced at Flinders University, South Australia as a teaching/research academic in Chemical and Physical Sciences. During this time she became a full professor (2013), an ARC Future Fellow (2014) and acting Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science and Engineering (2016). In May 2017 she joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. She has been an ARC College of Experts for the MCPE panel (2017-2019) and Board member of the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) (2016-2019). She has secured over $20 M in funding from the ARC and non-ARC sources on projects involving novel polymer coatings, DNA nanotechnology, functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene, nanocellulose, and plastic and biomass gasification.

Recent publications

  1. Connolly AR, Seow N, Fenati RA, Ellis A. 3.01 - DNA Nanostructures☆. Comprehensive Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Second Edition). Academic Press. 2019. Editors: Andrews DL, Lipson RH, Nann T. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.10445-X
  2. Shepelin NA, Lussini VC, Fox PJ, Dicinoski GW, Glushenkov A, Shapter JG, Ellis A. 3D printing of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene): a poling-free technique to manufacture flexible and transparent piezoelectric generators. MRS COMMUNICATIONS. Cambridge University Press. 2019, Vol. 9, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1557/mrc.2019.19
  3. Sultana I, Rahman MM, Liu J, Sharma N, Ellis A, Chen Y, Glushenkov A. Antimony-carbon nanocomposites for potassium-ion batteries: Insight into the failure mechanism in electrodes and possible avenues to improve cyclic stability. JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 413. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.12.017
  4. Ma Z, Hassan MM, Allais L, He T, Leterme S, Ellis A, McGraw B, Qin JG. Comparison of partial replacement of fishmeal with soybean meal and EnzoMeal on growth performance of Asian seabass Lates calcarifer. COMPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY C-TOXICOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 216. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpc.2018.10.006
  5. Sierke J, Ellis A. Cross-linking of dehydrofluorinated PVDF membranes with thiol modified polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and pure water flux analysis. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 581. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2019.03.063
  6. Gibson CT, Ridings CR, Blok AJ, Shearer CJ, Andersson GG, Ellis A. Morphological changes of sintered polydopamine coatings. Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties. IOP Publishing. 2019, Vol. 7, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1088/2051-672x/ab06eb
  7. Zabihi O, Ahmadi M, Ghandehari Ferdowsi MR, Li Q, Fakhrhoseini SM, Mahmoodi R, Ellis A, Naebe M. Natural bauxite nanosheets: A multifunctional and sustainable 2D nano-reinforcement for high performance polymer nanocomposites. Composites Science and Technology. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 184. DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2019.107868
  8. Shepelin NA, Glushenkov A, Lussini VC, Fox PJ, Dicinoski GW, Shapter JG, Ellis A. New developments in composites, copolymer technologies and processing techniques for flexible fluoropolymer piezoelectric generators for efficient energy harvesting. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2019, Vol. 12, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/c8ee03006e
  9. Hendrikse S, Gras S, Ellis A. Opportunities and Challenges in DNA-Hybrid Nanomaterials. ACS Nano. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b06186
  10. Fenati R, Locock K, Qu Y, Ellis A. Oxacillin Coupled G-Quadruplexes as a Novel Biofilm-Specific Antibiotic for Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms. ACS Applied Bio Materials. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 2, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.9b00336
  11. Glushenkov A, Ellis A. Cell Configurations and Electrode Materials for Nonaqueous Sodium‐Ion Capacitors: The Current State of the Field. Advanced Sustainable Systems. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 8-9. DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201800006
  12. Johnston MR, Gascooke JR, Ellis A, Leterme SC. Diatoms response to salinity changes: investigations using single pulse and cross polarisation magic angle spinning Si-29 NMR spectra. ANALYST. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 143, Issue 20. DOI: 10.1039/c8an00948a
  13. Baharin KW, Zakaria S, Ellis A, Talip N, Kaco H, Gan S, Zailan FD, Hashim SNAS. Factors Affecting Cellulose Dissolution of Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch and Kenaf Pulp in NaOH/Urea Solvent. SAINS MALAYSIANA. Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. 2018, Vol. 47, Issue 2. DOI: 10.17576/jsm-2018-4702-20
  14. Bou SJMC, Connolly AR, Ellis A. High-throughput physicochemical analysis of thermoresponsive polymers. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1039/c7py02066j
  15. Chatti M, Glushenkov A, Gengenbach T, Knowles GP, Mendes TC, Ellis A, Spiccia L, Hocking RK, Simonov AN. Highly dispersed and disordered nickel-iron layered hydroxides and sulphides: robust and high-activity water oxidation catalysts. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & FUELS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1039/c8se00129d

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