PROF Amanda Ellis

PROF Amanda Ellis


  • 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 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.   

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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

  • Y

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