1993 …2020

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Personal profile


Associate Professor Warren Batchelor works in the BioProcessing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. He is an expert on paper as a nonwoven cellulose fibre material, including the relationships between sheet properties and internal structure and is the past Chairman of the Tappi Paper Physics Committee, the peak committee for the field. Dr Batchelor’s qualifications include a BSc (Physics), BSc (Hons) (Physics), PhD (Physics).  Following completion of his PhD he undertook postdoctoral work at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada working at the Pulp and Paper Centre, University of British Columbia. He joined Monash University in 1996.


Research interests

Dr. Batchelor’s research group is heavily focussed on the production and application of cellulose nanofibres.  These are a new, fully recyclable and biodegradable nanofibre made by breaking down cellulose fibres from wood or agricultural residue.  Reducing the fibre diameter by over three orders of magnitude reduces the size of the pores between the fibres, once formed into sheets, greatly improving the performance of the sheet as a barrier to water vapour and oxygen, or as an ultrafiltration membrane in liquid filtration.  The pore size can be further reduced by making composites of cellulose nanofibres and nanoparticles.  Other applications of this versatile material include as an additive in paper manufacture, as a substrate for flexible printed electronics and as reinforcement in modern light-weight composites.


His research group is currently developing

  • new barrier materials from cellulose nanofibres
  • new methods to rapidly make sheets from cellulose nanofibres for filter applications,
  • new sources of cellulose for nanofibre production, to reduce energy consumption  
  • methods to quantify cellulose nanofibre quality development


Monash teaching commitment

CHE4164 Integrated Industrial Placement

Masters of Bioresource Engineering (development, coordination and teaching)

Research area keywords

  • Cellulose Fibres
  • Paper Strength
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nonwoven Structure
  • Sustainability
  • Adsorbent Development
  • Cellulose nanofibres
  • Membrane separation

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Research Output

Bismuth phosphinate incorporated nanocellulose sheets with antimicrobial and barrier properties for packaging applications

Maliha, M., Herdman, M., Brammananth, R., McDonald, M., Coppel, R., Werrett, M., Andrews, P. & Batchelor, W., 10 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 246, 12 p., 119016.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cellulose nanofiber diameter distributions from microscopy image analysis: effect of measurement statistics and operator

Ang, S., Narayanan, J. R., Kargupta, W., Haritos, V. & Batchelor, W., 28 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Cellulose. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cellulose nanofibers from recycled and virgin wood pulp: a comparative study of fiber development

Ang, S., Haritos, V. & Batchelor, W., 15 Apr 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 234, 9 p., 115900.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Characterizing highly fibrillated nanocellulose by modifying the gel point methodology

Sanchez-Salvador, J. L., Monte, M. C., Batchelor, W., Garnier, G., Negro, C. & Blanco, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 227, 9 p., 115340.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Correction to: Evaluation of properties and specific energy consumption of spinifex-derived lignocellulose fibers produced using different mechanical processes (Cellulose, (2019), 26, 11, (6555-6569), 10.1007/s10570-019-02567-x)

Kępa, K., Chaléat, C. M., Amiralian, N., Batchelor, W., Grøndahl, L. & Martin, D. J., Apr 2020, In : Cellulose. 27, 6, p. 3551-3552 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOther

Open Access


Ken Maddern Award: Best paper published in the Appita Journal in 2013

Batchelor, Warren (Recipient), 1 Aug 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Outstanding research paper published in Tappi Journal in 2008

Batchelor, Warren (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


  • 1 Editorial responsibility

PLoS ONE (Journal)

Warren Batchelor (Editorial board member)

1 Jun 2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility