PROF Amanda Ellis

PROF Amanda Ellis


  • (DNA nanotechnology)
  • (Drinking water treatment)
  • (Membranes and biofilms)
  • (Microarray analysis)
  • (Polymers)
  • Design and chemical modification of 2D and 3D surfaces (Graphene and carbon nanotubes)



  • Prof. Amanda Ellis 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 Amanda commenced at Flinders University as a teaching/research academic in Chemical and Physical Sciences. During this time she became a full professor and acting Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In May 2017 she joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. She has secured over $20 M in funding from the ARC and non-ARC sources on projects involving novel polymer coatings, functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene, microfluidics, genotyping and DNA nanotechnology. She was an ARC Future Fellow (2014-2018), and is currently a Board member of the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) and a current College of Experts MCPE panel member.   

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Member of

  • Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA). Member 2017 -
  • Royal Australian Chemical institute (RACI). FRACI and Board Member 2015 -


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Education and training

  • PhD (Applied Chem), University of Technology Sydney 2003

Awards and honors

  • RACI Margaret Sheil Leadership Award, 2018
  • Erskine Fellowship (University of Canterbury, NZ), 2016
  • RACI Polymer Division Citation, 2016
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2014
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2013
  • Vice Chancellors Early Career Researcher Award, Flinders University, 2010
  • New Zealand Foundation of Science and Technology (NZFRST) Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

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    PhD projects available for students with Scholarships

    1. Polymer based nanogenerators for energy production and storage (based on PVDF and graphene)
    2. Synthesis of polymer/DNA hybrids for controlled polymerisations
    3. Non-enzymatic production of DNA from polymer templates
    4. Anti-fouling coatings on polyamide reverse osmosis membranes
    5. Natural micro/nanoparticles and recycled natural cellulose for water treatment and medical applications