Past Student Thesis

Cellulose nanofibres
 Jielong Su  Cellulose interaction with cationic polyelectrolyte : engineering paper strength, structure and surface

Swambabu Varanasi  Eco-friendly Cellulose Nanofibre Membranes
  • PhD Thesis was accepted in June 2014
  • Swambabu developed new methods to characterise cellulose nanofibres, to rapidly prepare cellulose nanofibre sheets and to prepare thin films for ultrafiltration membranes
  • Thesis available from Monash University Arrow repository

Liyuan Zhang-"Preparation, characterization and application of cellulose nanofibre from softwood pulp"

  • Thesis was accepted in August, 2012. 
  • I was the external supervisor.  Other supervisors were Prof. Xungai Wang, Prof. Peter Hodgman, A. Prof. Tak Tsuzuki (All Deakin University). 
  • New methods for preparing cellulose nanofibres using ball milling were developed together with methods for forming cellulose nanofibre sheets and characterising fibre and sheet properties. 

Paper Mechanical Properties

Hui Hui Chiam Investigation of fibre-fibre bonding and effect on sheet mechanical properties
  • Kaustubh developed a new method to measure the shear bond strength of fibre-fibre contacts by weakening the fibres with HCl gas exposure to the point where all the fibres across a fracture line broke.  At this point the fibre strength is equal to the strength of one bond.  
  • Masters of Engineering Science (Research) thesis accepted in June, 2007. 
  • Jihong developed a new method for analysing fibre shape and orientation in the sheet and then used the information to develop a model for the tensile strength of paper.  
  • PhD thesis accepted in November 2005.
  • Derrick developed a new method of measuring sheet fracture toughness
  • PhD thesis accepted in January, 2005.  


Rosiana Lestiani  Measurement of Lint Dynamics in Offset Printing; Printing press imaging and analysis

  • Masters thesis accepted in March 2007. 
  • New methods were developed for collecting lint particles and quantifying them by image analysis.
  • Smaller (7,000 copies) and larger (25,000 copies) press trials were conducted.
Sonya Rand - "Linting of Filler in the Offset Printing Process"
  • Sonya investigated several techniques for measuring filler content in the paper surface.  The most reliable technique was found to be Backscatter SEM.   No strong correlation between surface filler content and lint in offset printing was found.
  • Masters of Engineering Science Minor thesis Accepted May 2004

Low cost zeolite adsorbents

Sigappi Narayanan  Development of laminate structured adsorbents using papermaking techniques