Prof Gil Garnier visits CSCT to discuss research collaborations with Australian university
During Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 May 2019, Professor Gil Garnier from Monash University, Australia, visited the University of Bath to meet with CSCT academics and discuss the current research collaborations established between the two universities.
Professor Gil Garnier is the Director of the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, where he leads a multidisciplinary team which uses nanotechnology for surface engineering, bioprinting and the development of novel specialty papers. Gil is also Director of the Industry Research Hub Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI).
In October 2018, Bath and Monash University signed an agreement to establish a joint international PhD, first of its kind at the University of Bath and fruit of existing strong links between the CSCT and Monash. During his latest visit, Professor Garnier met with CSCT staff and academics in order to discuss current and potential research collaborations between the two universities.
The visiting academic also took part in a CSCT seminar, where he joined another four researchers from the Chemistry Department in a session focused on cellulose as a sustainable, biodegradable material for use in a range of industries.
Amy Wilson, Research Assistant at the University of Bath and seminar speaker, said: “The event was a great meeting of minds. We discussed cellulose uses such as cellulose-based scaffolds for tissue engineering, interfacial gelation of cellulose nanofibrils, and cellulose microbeads as an alternative to plastic.”
“Professor Garnier shared his work on the application of cellulose in a range of biomedical applications, including tissue engineering, the novel use of nanocellulose hydrogels in blood typing tests, and bioprinting for diabetes testing kits. The use of cellulose in such applications would reduce the environmental impact and costs associated.”
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