This research will examine the behaviour of nano cellulose membranes from palm oil pulp, which hold promise for the treatment of heavy metals, desalination of seawater and the removal of pathogens.
Dr Sarani Zakaria
1 December - 31 March 2017
Creating nano cellulose membrane from palm oil pulp
This research will be focused on the gelation behaviour of cellulose solutions dissolved at low temperature, with a dispersion of graphene. The chemical, mechanical and physical properties of the resulting cellulose-graphene-membranes will then be characterised and evaluated for water flux. These membranes hold promise for the treatment of heavy metals, desalination of seawater and removal of pathogens.
Why Sarani decided to enter the fellowship:
“It is a good opportunity to have the chance to collaborate with an Australian University and enhance research findings, utilize new equipment and learn about new technologies that are available at Flinders and nearby Universities. Being a Professor in a University with many projects and students, one needs to work in different environments and exchange ideas in order to establish good finding and have novel ideas for upcoming projects”.
Sarani’s impressive past achievements:
With expertise in pulp and paper technology, wood/lignocellulose composites, wood chemistry, bio fuel and bio plastics, Dr Zakaria has had an extensive career, winning many awards and publishing in high impact journals such as Quartile 1 and on topics including Cellulose, Bioresource, Bioresources Technology, Industrial Crop and Product, RSC Advances, Bioenergy Research, Carbohydrate Polymer, Ceramic International etc. To date, she has published 120 articles in refereed journals and has also supervised 46 Masters and 40 PhD studies. She is an Editor-in-Chief for Sains Malaysiana, an International journal index by ISI and Scopus. She also serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Applied Research on Textile (IJARTex) and the Journal of Composites and Biodegradable Polymers and Green Sustainable Chemistry.
Sarani has undertaken visiting professor positions in Australia, Indonesia, Austria, Japan, UK, Canada and Finland and spoken in conferences in Indonesia, Malaysia, Belgium, UK, Korea, Austria, China, Morocco, France, German, Chile and New Zealand. She has also won 25 awards during product competitions at the national and international level.
Sarani has assumed the role of project leader in over 20 high level projects with mostly commercial sponsorship, and been a key researcher in nearly 100 projects and research grants. As an inventor, she has filed three patents and has 9 others currently pending. She also serves as a producer, script writing for many TV documentary programs aired on Malaysian TV.