1993 …2020
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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)

Research area keywords

  • 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 2020

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

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., 24 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 12 p., 119016.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

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 fibre- perlite depth filters with cellulose nanofibre top coating for improved filtration performance

Onur, A., Shanmugam, K., Ng, A., Garnier, G. & Batchelor, W., 20 Dec 2019, In : Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 583, 8 p., 123997.

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


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