Exploring the physical and chemical properties of saline dairy waste for future end-use markets (2018-19)

Exploring the physical and chemical properties of saline dairy waste for future end-use markets (2018-19)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd


Project title:
Exploring the physical and chemical properties of saline dairy waste for future end-use markets
Description of the project:

The manufacture of dairy products results in the generation of a variety of waste streams that feature different levels of beneficial reuse value across a range of non-dairy markets.

This project will focus on exploring opportunities associated with saline dairy waste generated from whey processing activities at Stanhope.

The project scope is likely to include the following:
* Desktop review of existing industry studies on saline waste streams, including from dairy manufacturing;
* Review site analytical data of the Fonterra saline dairy waste to understand chemical and physical properties.
* Research and assess chemical and physical properties of the saline dairy waste and how these properties affect the functionality of the material.
* Connect with government and industry networks to understand existing market and practises for use of supplements to traditional materials based on quality, price and availability;
* Identify opportunities for use of saline waste material as a supplement to other raw materials and work with industry networks if the opportunity arises to conduct a trial

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Location:
Richmond, VIC
Description of the project:

The manufacture of dairy products results in the generation of a variety of waste streams that feature different levels of beneficial reuse value across a range of non-dairy markets.

This project will focus on exploring opportunities associated with saline dairy waste generated from whey processing activities at Stanhope.

The project scope is likely to include the following:
* Desktop review of existing industry studies on saline waste streams, including from dairy manufacturing;
* Review site analytical data of the Fonterra saline dairy waste to understand chemical and physical properties.
* Research and assess chemical and physical properties of the saline dairy waste and how these properties affect the functionality of the material.
* Connect with government and industry networks to understand existing market and practises for use of supplements to traditional materials based on quality, price and availability;
* Identify opportunities for use of saline waste material as a supplement to other raw materials and work with industry networks if the opportunity arises to conduct a trial

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims:

Students will be required to present a business case/research report that provides advice to Fonterra on:
* Chemical and physical properties of the saline dairy waste,
* Technical solutions that may enable adjustment of chemical/physical properties to better support ongoing management or end-use markets for the material,
* Potential end-market opportunities where the material can be used as a supplement to other products.

Faculty or Department:
Engineering
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science
Sector:
Manufacturing
Employment Type:
Scholarship

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2018 to end of February 2019.

Selection Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2018 through to February 2019 - you must be enrolled as a full time student during this period.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period.
Duration:
12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
2
Application process:

A cover letter and current CV are mandatory requirements of the application process.

Your cover letter should state the following information in a clear and concise manner:

  • why this project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of your experience either through work, study or other interests to support your application
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company. Our Australian business is one of our largest and operates 6 manufacturing sites with 1,800 employees providing Australians the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
Fonterra Australia will collect approximately 2 billion litres of milk from more than 1300 dairy farms in 2018/19. This milk is processed across 6 manufacturing plants in Victoria and Tasmania to produce world class dairy products for Australian and international markets.

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