Elsa Antunes is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Science & Engineering, James Cook University. She obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from James Cook University in 2018. Elsa’s PhD was focused on understanding the impact of microwave pyrolysis conditions on biochar properties produced from diverse biomass. Before joining James Cook University, Elsa was Head of Advanced Ceramics Department capitalising more than 10 years employment within industry undertaking research projects.

Elsa’s research is focused in the field of materials engineering, developing new materials and fabrication techniques for biomedical implants, investigating smart materials fabrication, understanding production of value-added products from biomass pyrolysis, and using biochar for water purification and resource recovery.

Current Research Projects:

  • 4D Printing of new Smart Materials
  • Exploring new Materials and fabrication Techniques for Biomedical Implants
  • 3D Printing Hybrid Rocket Fuel Grains
  • Production of value-added products from Biomass Pyrolysis
  • Investigating new Catalyst for biodiesel production from Biomass Pyrolysis
  • PFAS removal using Biochar produced from Biomass Pyrolysis
  • CL3021: Mass Transfer Operations (Level 3; TSV)
  • EG2010: Materials Science and Engineering (Level 2; TSV)
  • EG3000: Introduction to Systems Engineering and Project Management (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ME3515: Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Level 3; TSV)
  • Biomedical implants: new materials and fabrication methods
  • Nanomaterials: design new materials for new applications
  • Pyrolysis: production of value-added products while mitigating the environmental impact of biomass
  • Biochar applications: water purification and other value-added applications
  • 2018 to present - Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2018 - PhD, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
  • 2018 - JCU Research Support Grant
  • 2018 - Reperio Innovation Award

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 16+ research outputs authored by Dr Elsa Dos Santos Antunes from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Environment and Science - Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship

Identifying and eliminating future risk from regional Queensland wastewater treatment operations through biosolids technology innovation

Indicative Funding
$180,000 over 3 years
This fellowship will investigate emergent contaminant content in biosolids, technological solutions to mitigate its impact and how these new technologies can prevent future emergent contaminant related disasters. Six North Queensland city councils are investing in this research project to implement sustainable biosolids management technologies in wastewater plants to mitigate environmental pathogenesis and impact of new emergent pollutants in the region. This research project is aligned with two of the research priorities of JCU: Tropical Ecosystems and Environment and Industries, and Economies in the Tropics. This project will leverage new funding applications in the field of pollutants mitigation and agricultural industry.
Elsa Dos Santos Antunes, Madoc Sheehan, Anna Whelan, Shaun Johnston, Patrick Cannon, Lynne Powell, Gary Murphy, Troy Pettiford and Rob Fearon (College of Science & Engineering, Townsville City Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Mackay Regional Council, Cairns City Council, Isaac Regional Council, Whitsunday Regional Council and QLD Water)
biosolids management; emergent contaminants; Wastewater; Biosolids; Circular Economy

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Graphene based supercapacitors from renewable sources (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development of Organic Solar Cell and Encapsulation Layers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Optimizing bio-oil production from biomass using catalytic pyrolysis (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Investigation of Cerium Stabilized Zirconia for Biomedical Applications and Feasibility of Binder Jet Processing of these Bio-ceramics (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Bio-Oil Production from Biomass Wastes by Microwave assisted Pyrolysis and Conventional Pyrolysis (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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