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Chemicals and Polymers GRIP

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EOI submission deadline has closed. Thank you to all that have submitted their EOI, we will be in touch soon.


Since 2014, the Chemicals & Polymers Manufacturing Innovation Network has partnered with industry to undertake industry relevant research through the PhD Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIP) Program. There is a great opportunity to be part of this cutting-edge PhD Program with strong industry links, and exceptional opportunities for students to build networks across industry sectors, develop business acumen and move directly into a job at the end of their PhD.  The projects within the Chemicals & Polymers GRIP are aimed at producing outcomes for the industry partner, as well as producing graduates that have been trained in business and research relevant skills. PhD researchers in the C&P GRIP will also undertake advanced professional training, developed in partnership with our industry partners and also taken by employees from industry partners.

As the first cohort of students finish their projects, we are seeking a new round of students to undertake a fresh batch projects with our range of industry partners. We are seeking highly-motivated individuals that are interested in undertaking world-class research while collaborating with industry to achieve real impact.


  • Supervision by leading researchers from the School of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Materials Engineering, coupled with industry based mentors and opportunities for internships with the host industries
  • Participation in a network of industry events and exclusive professional training
  • Supported by key industry bodies including Chemistry Australia, South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA), ACCORD, Warner-Babcock Institute (USA) and EPA Victoria
  • Monash Postgraduate Scholarship with top-up of $5000 per annum: $32,872 per annum tax-free


    • Albright & Wilson

      “Novel Surfactant derived from biomass”

      Albright & Wilson are looking to innovate in the stock chemicals space by investigating new surfactants from biomass.

    • ANT Energy Solutions

      “Novel Ion Exchange Membranes”

      Part of ANT Energy Solutions’ CRC-P, this project is investigating membrane components for hydrogen production technology. *Position has been filled*

    • ANT Energy Solutions

      “Carbon-Based Electrodes for Water Electrolysis”

      Part of ANT Energy Solutions’ CRC-P, this project is investigating electrodes composed from carbon feedstocks for hydrogen production technology

      • ANT Energy Solutions

        “High Performance Electrodes”

        Part of ANT Energy Solutions’ CRC-P, this project is investigating novel electrodes for hydrogen production technology

      • BASF

        “RAFT Emulsion Polymerization and Its Industrial Applications”

        Using the RAFT polymerization technique, this project will investigate novel polymers with specific properties for industrial application. *Position has been filled*

      • Dulux

        “Antimicrobial core-shell particles from heterophase polymerization”

        Developing new additives in paints and adhesives for antimicrobial purposes *Position has been filled*

        • Axieo

          “Surfactants for supercritical CO2 applications”

          Utilising the special properties of supercritical CO2, this project will investigate novel polymers to work as surfactants in applications using supercritical CO2. *Position has been filled*

        • PPG

          "Developing Stimulus Responsive Paints"

          PPG, one of Australia’s largest paint companies, is looking to develop paints and additives that are able to respond to various stimuli. *Position has been filled*

        • Warner-Babcock Institute

          Supervision will include Professor John Warner – one of the “founders” of Green Chemistry. “Nano-capsule technology and Green Chemical Processes” The investigation of the potential of suitably-designed nano-capsules for green chemical processes, including in the elimination/breakdown of (ocean) plastic wastes.

          • Warner-Babcock Institute

            "Stimuli Responsive Polymeric Materials"

            Supervision will include Professor John Warner – one of the “founders” of Green Chemistry. Polymer syntheses, characterizations and property measurements, with a focus on Green and Sustainable Chemistry *Position has been filled*

          How to apply

          Please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and include the following documents:

          • A full statement of academic record, supported by copies of relevant transcripts
          • A curriculum vitae
          • Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)
          • Applications close on 27th March 2019 at 11.55pm. *Applications are now closed*

          Important note:
          EOIs will be considered and a shortlist of potential applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the prospective supervision team and industry partner. Following the interviews, the preferred applicant for each project will be invited to submit a formal online application.

          Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

          Contact us

          For all enquiries, please contact Dr Gary Annat (Manager, C&P GRIP) or Prof Tony Patti (C&P GRIP Co-director)
          Gary Annat ph: +61 3 9905 4642, Mobile: 0425 736 895
          Tony Patti +61 3 99051620

          Participating Faculties and Departments

          Faculty of Science

          School of Chemistry

          Faculty of Engineering

          Department of Chemical Engineering

          Department of Materials Science and Engineering