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Biography

Prior to joining Monash University, Professor Selomulya was a Royal Academy of Engineering Anglo-Australia Fellow at the University of Leeds, and an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials at UNSW. She has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1st class with the University Medal) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales. She was recently awarded an ARC Future Fellowship (2014 - 2018) to conduct research on the manufacturing of high value particles for functional foods and pharmaceutical industries. She is an adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Soochow University in China (2013 – current), and was an Australia-China Young Researcher Fellow (2013).

 

Prof Selomulya is leading the Biotechnology and Food Engineering group with an internationally recognised reputation in drying technology research, and the only facility in Australia for functional particle assembly via microfluidic spray drying. The unique spray dryer can be used to synthesise other types of particles, including thermal sensitive and bioactive particles, microparticles for controlled release and microencapsulation, magnetic and fluorescent composites, and mesoporous microspheres with hierarchal structures and properties superior to those observed on nanomaterials (Prov. Patent AU2013904021). The method is scalable and is potentially a cost effective, energy and material-efficient route to produce high quality powders with better functionality and ease of handling. This technology is an integral part of her ongoing collaborations with Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Agrocampus Ouest (France), Dairy Research Institute (US), South Dakota State University, several Chinese universities (Soochow, Xiamen, Fudan, Nanchang) and companies (Kingdomway Group, Guangzhou Ling Nan Intel Enterprise Group Co., Ltd, 3M, P&G, etc). 

 

Professional achievements and awards

  • Young Food Engineer Award at the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Food (2015) in Québec City, Canada.
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision (2015), and the Special Commendation for the Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision (2015).
  • Awarded the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship in 2014 that promotes research in areas of critical national importance for outstanding mid-career researchers in Australia.
  • Appointed as Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Soochow University (2013 – current)
  • The Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program (YREP) Fellow (2013), a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and awarded to 16 Australian researchers with the potential to become leaders in the research community through collaboration with China.
  • Monash Research Accelerator program (2013-2014), awarded to top performing researchers at Monash University with the potential to become future leaders in their field.
  • Future Fellowship Incubator (2013).
  • Selected into the prestigious Japan East Asia Network (JENESYS) Programme for Future Business Counterparts from Australia (2009).
  • Chemical Engineering Science Most Cited Article Award for 2003-2006 (2006).
  • Best Poster Award, American Filtration Society / American Institute of Chemical Engineering conference, Atlanta (2005).
  • Young Researcher Award, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2003).
  • The University Medal in Chemical Engineering, UNSW (1998).
  • The Shell Prize, Simon Carves Australia Prize, BHP Engineering Prize, Goodman Fielder Ingredients Prize, Western Mining Corporation Limited Prize, Dorr-Oliver Prize, Dow Corning Prize, Abbott Laboratories Pty Limited Prize, Wattyl Australia/ James Hardie Prize (1996-1997).

 

Research interests

Her works with the dairy industry have been highlighted in Chemical Processing, Monash Magazine, and internationally (Science Daily, ABC International, etc). She is the director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Future Dairy Manufacturing (2016 – 2019), a joint strategic initiative funded by the Australian and Chinese governments, and industry partners in both countries, including Bega, Devondale Murray Goulburn, Fonterra, Gardiner Foundation, Food Innovation Centre, COFCO, and Mengniu Dairy (http://acjrc.eng.monash.edu/). She is also the director of Graduate Industry Research Partnership (GRIP) for the Food and Dairy industry, to be launched in 2017 (https://www.monash.edu/fdgrip). 

 

She is also leading the Monash Advanced Particle Engineering Laboratory (MAPEL) in interdisciplinary research on the design of nanoparticle vaccines and mesoporous materials (including a recent 2016 article in Nature Chemistry). Other examples include designing a more efficient DNA vaccine delivery system for malaria using magnetic nanoparticles, understanding the role of nanoparticle adjuvants for ovarian cancer vaccines, and developing multi-stage vaccines for malaria. She collaborates with researchers from Materials Engineering in designing magnetic nanocomposites for electromagnetic interference shielding and developing new 1st order magnetic nanomaterials for magnetic heating (Prov. Patent AU2013905012), and with The Trustee for Cell Medicine Australia Unit Trust via an ARC Linkage to develop nanoparticle/hydrogel composites for cartilage repair. She is an ARC Future Fellow (2014 – 2018) and an adjunct professor at Soochow University.

Keywords

  • Bioactive Composites
  • Food
  • National Security
  • The Environment
  • Functional (Nano) Materials
  • Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics

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Projects 2016 2021

ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology

Yu, A., Chu, K., Dong, K., Guo, B., Hapgood, K., Jiang, X., Kuang, S., Rudman, M., Selomulya, C., Shen, Y., Strezov, V., Wang, G., Yan, W., Yang, R., Zeng, Q., Zhao, D., Zhao, B., Zhou, Z., Zhu, H., Zou, R., Curtis, J., Evans, T., Fan, L., Hu, D., Li, J., Luding, S., Mao, X., Pan, R., Song, S., Williams, R., Zhu, J., Huang, H., Zhang, L. & Jiang, Y.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), Fujian Longking Co Ltd, Baosteel Group Corporation, Hamersley Iron Pty Limited, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland , Western Sydney University, Macquarie University

31/12/1630/12/21

Project: Research

Research Output 1999 2019

An investigation on the dissolution qualities of foam granulated products

Mutch, G. A., Hapgood, K. P., Shen, R. & Selomulya, C., 1 Feb 2019, In : Powder Technology. 343, p. 693-704 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Amino acid functionalised inorganic nanoparticles as cutting-edge therapeutic and diagnostic agents

Chakraborty, A., Boer, J., Selomulya, C. & Plebanski, M., 2018, In : Bioconjugate Chemistry. 29, 3, p. 657-671 15 p., 28876902.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

An accurate account of mass loss during cheese ripening described using the reaction engineering approach (REA)-based model

Putranto, A., Woo, M., Selomulya, C. & Chen, X. D., 1 Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 53, 6, p. 1397-1404 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A review on technological parameters and recent advances in the fortification of processed cheese

Talbot-Walsh, G., Kannar, D. & Selomulya, C., 1 Nov 2018, In : Trends in Food Science and Technology. 81, p. 193-202 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Improvement of rheological and functional properties of milk protein concentrate by hydrodynamic cavitation

Li, K., Woo, M. W., Patel, H., Metzger, L. & Selomulya, C., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Food Engineering. 221, p. 106-113 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review