Processing and structure-property performance of natural polymers from sustainable sources, renewable nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites

Her work has a strong focus on industrially relevant research, translating science and engineering towards commercial applications. Over years of collaboration with industry, Céline has developed strong knowledge and skills in the following key areas: product development, technology transfer and commercialisation; pilot-plant development, scale-up and process demonstration, and; operations management, process design and engineering.

Céline is an accomplished materials engineer at the AIBN with 10-years experience in R&D developing new polymer compounds for different applications (thermoplastic and biodegradable) in collaboration with industry. She is currently working on the development of unique cellulose nanofibers from Australian spinifex arid grasses. She is developing the process scale up of this platform technology as well as managing operations of the Long Pocket Spinifex Nanocellulose Downstream Pilot Facility.

Before joining UQ, Céline completed a Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering at The National Institute of Applied Science (INSA) in Lyon, France. She then received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Queensland on starch-based biodegradable thermoplastics in collaboration with Plantic Technologies Ltd (Melbourne, Australia). She then worked closely with industry as a postdoctoral researcher within the CRC for Polymers in collaboration with Plantic Technologies Ltd on the development of novel starch-based formulations for biodegradable packaging applications; and also as a Senior R&D engineer and operations manager of spin-out company TenasiTech Pty Ltd on the development and commercialisation of organosilicate nanoadditives for polyurethane, acrylic and other thermoplastic nanocomposites and applications.

Industry Engagement and Collaborations

  • Duglalunji Aboriginal Corporation (2016 -)
  • TenasiTech Pty Ltd (2008-2009, 2012-2015)
  • CRC for Polymers (2009-2012)
  • Plantic Technologies Ltd (2004-2012)

Celine is strongly engaged in commercialisation activities associated with the spinifex nanocellulose platform. She is currently working closely with DAC and several local and international organisations and companies to co-develop, trial, tailor and translate this very promising renewable nanotechnology.

Key Publications

  1. Amin, Khairatun Najwa MohdAmiralian, NasimAnnamalai, Pratheep K.Edwards, GrantChaleat, Celine and Martin, Darren J. (2016)Scalable processing of thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites toughened with nanocelluloseChemical Engineering Journal302 406-416. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.05.067
  2. Septevani, Athanasia A.Evans, David A. C., Chaleat, Celine, Martin, Darren J. and Annamalai, Pratheep K. (2015)A systematic study substituting polyether polyol with palm kernel oil based polyester polyol in rigid polyurethane foamIndustrial Crops and Products66 16-26. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.11.053
  3. Chaléat, C.Halley, Peter J. and Truss, R. W. (2014).Mechanical properties of starch-based plastics. In Peter J. Halley and Luc R. Avérous (Ed.), Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications (pp. 187-205) Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00023-3
  4. Granted Patent - D.J. Martin, G.A. Edwards and C. Chaleat, The University of Queensland, “Scratch resistant polymers” – Priority Jun 6, 2013, PCT Jun 5, 2014 (WO/2014/194380) (AU, BRA, CHN, IND, USA, EU)
  5. Chaleat, C. M.Halley, P. J. and Truss, R. W. (2012) Study on the phase separation of plasticised starch/poly(vinyl alcohol) blendsPolymer Degradation and Stability97 10: 1930-1939. doi:10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2012.03.001