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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)
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)
Honours
Awards
  • 2018 - JCU Research Support Grant
  • 2018 - Reperio Innovation Award
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 23+ research outputs authored by Dr Elsa Dos Santos Antunes from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

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Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Reef Restoration and Adaptation Science (RRAP)

RRAP CAD-01: Coral propagation and deployment

Indicative Funding
$283,000 over 4 years (administered by AIMS)
Summary
Deployment device shape and material can considerably affect the growth rates and survival of recruits, but the optimal physical properties of deployment devices to maximise the survival and growth of a diversity of corals are not yet clear. For example, crevice size is an important physical factor that influences the survivorship of coral recruits and juveniles. Spatial structure of settlement surfaces can provide refugia from algae and release from grazing. The first part of the project consists of selecting potential device materials, porosities and textures that will be assessed for fouling and recruit survival. These will be first tested in the SeaSim and the most promising candidates in the field in across a range of environments and environmental gradients. The second part of the project consists of optimization and scaling up of the fabrication technology to produce millions of devices.
Investigators
Elsa Dos Santos Antunes and Breiana Whitehead (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Coral; Reef Restoration; coral substrates; coral propogation; coral development

Queensland 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, in partnership with the Townsville City Council ($272,976)
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
biosolids management; emergent contaminants; Wastewater; Biosolids; Circular Economy

Australian Dental Research Foundation Inc - Research Grant

Development and characterization of a Novel Zirconia Implant material with enhanced mechanical properties and bio-compatibility

Indicative Funding
$5,450 over 1 year
Summary
Zirconia dental implants have been recently developed as a viable, aesthetic, non-metallic alternative for dental implant fabrication compared to the titanium implants. However, significant challenges have been encountered in acceptance of zirconia implants in clinical practice due to the low fracture resistance inherent within the zirconia material that can lead to structural failure of implant. This has created a need for further research into its crystalline composition and forms to further enhance the mechanical properties of zirconia making it more suitable for dental implants. This study will assess the mechanical and chemical properties of the novel zirconia material developed in our lab and evaluates the effect of various surface modifications on its mechanical properties. Furthermore, cellular interactions that play a vital role in wound healing after placement of implant will be ascertained to promote successful implant osseointegration of novel zirconia dental implants.
Investigators
Dileep Sharma, Catherine Miller and Elsa Dos Santos Antunes (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Implants; Prosthodontics; Biomechanics; Mechanical Properties; Zirconia; Surface Modification
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Current
  • 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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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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