Design and chemical modification of 2D and 3D surfaces
Graphene and carbon nanotubes
Membranes and biofilms
Repurposing agricultural waste
Amanda Ellis is a Professor and Head of Department for 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.