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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
Teaching
  • CL3021: Mass Transfer Operations (Level 3; TSV)
  • EG2010: Materials Science and Engineering (Level 2; TSV)
  • EG3000: Engineering Project Management (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME3515: Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Level 3; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • 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
Experience
  • 2018 to present - Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2018 - PhD, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2018 - JCU Research Support Grant
  • 2018 - Reperio Innovation Award
Publications

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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.

Current
  • Development of Organic Solar Cell and Encapsulation Layers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Graphene based supercapacitors from renewable sources (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Synthesis of Mesocrystal Cu2O catalyst for the production of Biofuel from Non-edible Biomass (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 15.125, Engineering & Physical Sciences 1 (Townsville campus)
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