Researcher biography

Professor Peter Halley is a leading international expert in bio-based polymers and translational polymer research. His initial work on Australia's first biodegradable thermoplastic starch polymers led to the establishment of spin-off company Plantic Technologies, more than $75 million in venture financing, sales of commercially-viable products and a continued research provider relationship with Plantic. Professor Halley has led translational research projects in biopolymers and biofluid platforms for agrifood, biomedical and high-value manufacturing sectors which have attracted more than $14 million in government and industry funding; and produced patents, licences and new industrial know-how. Professor Halley is a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is on the editorial board of three journals.

Professor Peter Halley is director of the centre for high performance polymers (CHPP; ) whose research focuses on development of biopolymers, nanostructured polymers and high value polymers. Professor Peter Halley's subgroup (CHPP-Processing) research focuses on rheology, processing and product development of these polymers. This research includes multiphase polymers, biopolymers for high value manufacturing and biomedical applications, and novel polymer processing methods for nanostructured and biopolymers. Please visit: or

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Professor Halley has been visiting or invited professor at Queen's University Belfast, the University of Strasbourg and Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon in France. He also has strong international collaborations with Los Alamos National Labs, US; the Cadbury Research Centre, UK; the US Department of Agriculture; Colorado School of Mines, US, AnoxKaldnes, Sweden; University of Bradford, UK; the University of Warwick, UK; and TNO, the Netherlands.