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: Engineering 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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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)
  • Bio-Oil Production from Biomass Wastes by Microwave assisted Pyrolysis and Conventional Pyrolysis (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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