Professor Sandra Kentish

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: G03
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #2
  • Campus: Parkville

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 School of Chemical and Biomedical 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 is a Project Leader within the ARC Dairy Innovation Research Hub and a researcher within the Future Fuels CRC. She was the Discipline Leader in the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) for Membrane Technology from 2003-2015. She was a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination from 2010-2016. She was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute from 2009 - 2012.

Professor Kentish was selected as one of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia in 2017 and as a Woman of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2018. She has also 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 Altona Petrochemical Company, Kodak Australasia and Kimberly Clark Australia. 

Recent publications

  1. Chen G, Artemi A, Lee J, Gras S, Kentish S. A pilot scale study on the concentration of milk and whey by forward osmosis. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 215. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.01.050
  2. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. An investigation of the impact of fouling agents in capacitive and membrane capacitive deionisation. DESALINATION. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 457. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2019.01.031
  3. Talebi S, Chen G, Freeman B, Suarez F, Freckleton A, Bathurst K, Kentish S. Fouling and in-situ cleaning of ion-exchange membranes during the electrodialysis of fresh acid and sweet whey. JOURNAL OF FOOD ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 246. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2018.11.010
  4. Chen G, Leong T, Kentish S, Ashokkumar M, Martin G. Membrane Separations in the Dairy Industry. SEPARATION OF FUNCTIONAL MOLECULES IN FOOD BY MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY. Academic Press. 2019. Editors: Galanakis CM. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-815056-6.00008-5
  5. Abdellah M, Liu L, Scholes C, Freeman BD, Kentish S. Organic solvent nanofiltration of binary vegetable oil/terpene mixtures: Experiments and modelling. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 573. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.12.026
  6. Pax A, Ong L, Vongsvivut J, Tobin MJ, Kentish S, Gras S. The characterisation of Mozzarella cheese microstructure using high resolution synchrotron transmission and ATR-FTIR microspectroscopy. FOOD CHEMISTRY. Elsevier. 2019, Vol. 291. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.04.016
  7. Hu G, Xiao Z, Smith K, Kentish S, Stevens G, Connal L. A carbonic anhydrase inspired temperature responsive polymer based catalyst for accelerating carbon capture. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 332. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.039
  8. Abdellah M, Perez-Manriquez L, Puspasari T, Scholes C, Kentish S, Peinemann K-V. A catechin/cellulose composite membrane for organic solvent nanofiltration. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 567. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.09.042
  9. Hassanvand A, Chen G, Webley P, Kentish S. A comparison of multicomponent electrosorption in capacitive deionization and membrane capacitive deionization. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 131. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.015
  10. Chen G, Talebi S, Gras S, Weeks M, Kentish S. A review of salty waste stream management in the Australian dairy industry. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. Academic Press - Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.056
  11. Hu G, Smith K, Wu Y, Mumford K, Kentish S, Stevens G. Carbon dioxide capture by solvent absorption using amino acids: A review. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.08.003
  12. Zheng Q, Xu X, Martin G, Kentish S. Critical review of strategies for CO2 delivery to large-scale microalgae cultures. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Chemical Industry Press. 2018, Vol. 26, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.cjche.2018.07.013
  13. Pasquier LC, Kemache N, Blais JF, Kentish S, Merrier G. Economic studies of carbonation processes, turning feasibility into reality. 6th International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Material Engineering, ACEME 2018. 2018.
  14. Abdellah M, Perez-Manriquez L, Puspasari T, Scholes C, Kentish S, Peinemann K-V. Effective Interfacially Polymerized Polyester Solvent Resistant Nanofiltration Membrane from Bioderived Materials. ADVANCED SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201800043
  15. Kanehashi S, Aguiar A, Lu H, Chen G, Kentish S. Effects of industrial gas impurities on the performance of mixed matrix membranes. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 549. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.10.056

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