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March 5, 2012

Sandra Kentish | Melbourne Energy Institute

Associate Professor Sandra Kentish is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute. The Melbourne Energy Institute covers the work of over 150 researchers at the University of Melbourne to co-ordinate research in bioenergy, solar, wind and geothermal power; nuclear and fuel cell options and carbon capture and storage. The Melbourne Energy Institute also covers urban planning energy efficiency, transport and architecture.

Sandra Kentish has achieved a Master of Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. After nine years industrial experience across the petrochemical, photographic and pulp and paper industries, Sandra Kentish is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

sandra kentish australiaSandra Kentish is focussed on separations technologies which, among other uses, apply to the separation of bio oils from algae. She is also the Deputy Head of Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne and a Discipline Leader within the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC).

As the Discipline Leader within the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) she focuses on carbon capture and storage. Her research also covers energy efficient water desalination processes and biofuel production from microalgae. In her separations technology she is interested in using membranes in dairy, desalination and gas separation.

When asked about her desalination membranes in a University of Melbourne News interview Sandra Kentish explains, “They look a bit like sheets of paper. The paper is full of holes too small to see with the naked eye. The holes don’t really offer much resistance to either water or salt flow, but coating the paper is a very thin layer of plastic – about .1 of a micron thick – that selectively allows the passage of water and stops the passage of salt. In commercial desalination plants you want thousands and thousands of square meters of this material installed in spiral modules in containers with plumbing to carry salty water in, pure water out, and salt water away.”

Associate Professor Sandra Kentish is a fellow of the institution of Chemical Engineers, and a member of both the Australian Institute of Energy and the Membrane Society of Australasia.

Good on ya Sandra!

For more information on the Melbourne Energy Institute checkout their website: http://www.energy.unimelb.edu.au .

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