Professor Sandra Kentish

Research Interests

  • 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 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular 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 has been the Discipline Leader in the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) for Membrane Technology since 2003. She has also been a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination since 2010. She was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute from 2009 - 2012.

Professor Kentish has 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 Exxon Mobil, Kodak Australasia and Kimberly Clark Australia. 

Recent Publications

  1. Fu Q, Kim J, Gurr P, Scofield J, Kentish S, Qiao G. A novel cross-linked nano-coating for carbon dioxide capture. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 2.
  2. Scofield J, Gurr P, Kim J, Fu Q, Kentish S, Qiao G. Development of novel fluorinated additives for high performance CO2 separation thin-film composite membranes. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 499.
  3. Zheng Q, Martin G, Kentish S. Energy efficient transfer of carbon dioxide from flue gases to microalgal systems. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 3.
  4. Scholes C, Jin J, Stevens G, Kentish S. Hydrocarbon solubility, permeability, and competitive sorption effects in polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1) membranes. JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS. Wiley - John Wiley & Sons. 2016, Vol. 54, Issue 3.
  5. Chandrapala J, Chen G, Kezia K, Bowman EG, Vasiljevic T, Kentish S. Removal of lactate from acid whey using nanofiltration. JOURNAL OF FOOD ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 177.
  6. Chen G, Eschbach F, Weeks M, Gras S, Kentish S. Removal of lactic acid from acid whey using electrodialysis. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 158.
  7. Nguyen HTH, Madec M-N, Ong L, Kentish S, Gras S, Lopez C. The dynamics of the biological membrane surrounding the buffalo milk fat globule investigated as a function of temperature. FOOD CHEMISTRY. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 204.
  8. Chandrapala J, Ong L, Zisu B, Gras S, Ashokkumar M, Kentish S. The effect of sonication and high pressure homogenisation on the properties of pure cream. INNOVATIVE FOOD SCIENCE & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. Elsevier BV. 2016, Vol. 33.
  9. Kim J, Fu Q, Scofield JM, Kentish S, Qiao GG. Ultra-thin film composite mixed matrix membranes incorporating iron(III)-dopamine nanoparticles for CO2 separation. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 15.
  10. Lee A, Wolf M, Kromer N, Mumford K, Nicholas N, Kentish S, Stevens G. A study of the vapour-liquid equilibrium of CO2 in mixed solutions of potassium carbonate and potassium glycinate. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2015, Vol. 36.
  11. Nguyen H, Ong L, Beaucher E, Madec M-N, Kentish S, Gras S, Lopez C. Buffalo milk fat globules and their biological membrane: in situ structural investigations. FOOD RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL. Pergamon. 2015, Vol. 67.
  12. Thee H, Smith K, Da Silva G, Kentish S, Stevens G. Carbonic anhydrase promoted absorption of CO2 into potassium carbonate solutions. GREENHOUSE GASES-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. John Wiley & Sons. 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 1.
  13. Cho K, Hill AJ, Caruso F, Kentish S. Chlorine Resistant Glutaraldehyde Crosslinked Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Membranes for Desalination. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2015, Vol. 27, Issue 17.
  14. Scholes C, Kentish S, Stevens G, Demontigny D. Comparison of thin film composite and microporous membrane contactors for CO2 absorption into monoethanolamine. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL. Elsevier. 2015, Vol. 42.
  15. Scholes C, Jin J, Stevens G, Kentish S. Competitive Permeation of Gas and Water Vapour in High Free Volume Polymeric Membranes. JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS. Wiley - John Wiley & Sons. 2015, Vol. 53, Issue 10.

Sandra Kentish

Level: 03 Room: 3.10
Chemical Engineering #1, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

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