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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)


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

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 1993 2019

Carboxylated nanocellulose foams as superabsorbents

Mendoza, L., Hossain, L., Downey, E., Scales, C., Batchelor, W. & Garnier, G., 7 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 538, p. 433-439 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cellulose nanofibres from bagasse using a high speed blender and acetylation as a pretreatment

Rahimi Kord Sofla, M., Batchelor, W., Kosinkova, J., Pepper, R., Brown, R. & Rainey, T., 1 May 2019, In : Cellulose. 26, 8, p. 4799–4814 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effect of refining and homogenization on nanocellulose fiber development, sheet strength and energy consumption

Ang, S., Haritos, V. & Batchelor, W., 1 May 2019, In : Cellulose. 26, 8, p. 4767-4786 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluation of properties and specific energy consumption of spinifex-derived lignocellulose fibers produced using different mechanical processes

Kępa, K., Chaléat, C. M., Amiralian, N., Batchelor, W., Grøndahl, L. & Martin, D. J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Cellulose. 26, 11, p. 6555-6569 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nanocellulose films as air and water vapour barriers: a recyclable and biodegradable alternative to polyolefin packaging

Shanmugam, K., Doosthosseini, H., Varanasi, S., Garnier, G. & Batchelor, W., 1 Dec 2019, In : Sustainable Materials and Technologies. 22, 8 p., e00115.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


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

Warren Batchelor (Recipient), 1 Aug 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Outstanding research paper published in Tappi Journal in 2008

Warren Batchelor (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

PLoS ONE (Journal)

Warren Batchelor (Editorial board member)
1 Jun 2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility