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Develop new biodegradable polymers. Use nanomaterials to build next-gen semiconductors and LEDs. Refine lithium-sulphur batteries to make them more energy efficient. Or design sustainable packaging to reduce plastic and food waste.
Explore industrial-scale processes that convert raw materials into commercial products to solve the energy, environmental and healthcare challenges of our times.
Scale up biochemical breakthroughs for industrial production as you collaborate with physicists, chemists and biologists to solve complex problems. Equip yourself with advanced knowledge of thermodynamics, reaction engineering, fluid dynamics, separation processes, enzymes and advanced biotechnology.
With chemical engineering, you might purify contaminated water using state-of-the-art nanomembranes. Support the circular economy to build a zero-waste future. Or engineer full-flavour foods and beverages from plant-based ingredients.
Want to delve even deeper into bioprocesses with biological engineering? You might refine the next gen of mRNA vaccines, develop new biologic drugs to treat rare diseases or produce sustainable fibres from renewable sources.
You could join innovative biotech businesses or multinational pharmaceutical firms. Want to pursue a breakthrough of your own? Monash will provide you with the support and guidance to turn your spark into a start-up.
The masters course has helped me realise the potential for industry to produce sustainable, highvalue bio-products and I’ve developed valuable connections with other students from across the industry.”
Masters graduate Scientist, Norske Skog Australasia
Chemical and biological engineers are highly sought after in areas like nanotechnology, renewable energy, food production and biotechnology. While local demand remains strong, Australia seeks to strengthen its sovereign capabilities to produce biochemicals. You might enter industry to:
You’ll gain advanced technical knowledge across a range of topics like advanced reaction engineering, advanced thermodynamics, advanced fluid dynamics, advanced separations processes, sustainability and innovation, process modelling and optimisation, and research practice. Then sharpen your skills as you choose from one of two streams:
Want to expand your knowledge of engineering processing in industries like mining, plastics and petrochemicals? Upskill in advanced techniques to convert raw materials into final products and investigate shifts in sustainability needs.
Bioprocessing and food engineering
Get up to speed with the latest breakthroughs and trends in bioprocessing for pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food production. Extend your knowledge as you engineer products to improve healthcare for all – and develop delicious food and beverages.
This specialisation is only available in the Master of Engineering, where you can explore the following units:
Advanced bioprocess technology
Learn about producing mRNA vaccines. Work with nanoparticles and explore the wider biotech industry – including manufacturing practices, genetically modified products and international regulations.
Biomass and biorefineries
Explore what’s possible with bioreactors, reaction classes, enzymatics, fermentation and separation processes, carbon cycle, water sustainability and how to minimise by-products.
Advanced biochemical engineering
Get up to speed working with cells, nutrients and bioreactors. Boost production from suspended, genetically engineered and immobilised cultures. Then select the right processes to scale up production for industry commercialisation.
Cover the latest in lignocellulose fibres, alternative fibre sources and biopolymers like chitosan. Explore biodegradable alternatives to petroleumderived products, new packaging materials and producing fibres from renewable sources.
Water purity & lithium batteries – What do they have in common? Award winning Professor Benny Freeman