PROF Sandra Kentish

PROF Sandra Kentish


  • 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. 



Member of

  • Membrane Society of Australasia. Committee Member 2010 -
  • Australian Institute of Energy. Member 2007 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1996
  • MEngSc, University of Melbourne 1991
  • BE, University of Melbourne 1984

Awards and honors

  • One of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers, Engineers Australia, 2017
  • Grimwade Prize 2015, The University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Certificate of Excellence for Most Engaged Research Group, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL) Awards, 2012
  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, 2008
  • Caltex Teaching Award, Caltex Australia, 2007
  • Edward Brown Medal for Teaching Excellence, The University of Melbourne, 2007
  • Universitas 21 Fellowship, The University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Engineering, 2004
  • Teaching Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, The Kelvin Club (Melbourne), 2004
  • Australasian Student Design Prize, Chemeca, 1984
  • L.R. East Medal - Engineering Valedictorian, The Institution of Engineers, 1984
  • Victorian Student Design Prize, Joint Victorian Chemical Engineering Committee, 1984
  • Pratt Prize, 1983



Available for supervision

  • Y