Professor David Dunstan

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.05
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Advanced Ceramics
  • Amyloid Inhibitors
  • Biophysics
  • Biophysics of Protein Conformation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Novel Cancer Therapies
  • Polymer Dynamics in Flow
  • Polymer Rheology / Rheofluorescence

Personal webpage



  • Nano and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Nanostructured Materials - Light emitting polymers - Polymer dynamics
  • Microfluidics - Rheofluorescence
  • Biophysics - Drug delivery
  • Protein aggregation - Disease - Processing
  • Ceramic Materials

Member of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre


  • Assistant Dean of Transition & Diversity for the Melbourne School of Engineering


  • St Vincents Hospital
  • Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash Medical Centre
  • Victorian Pharmacy College, (Monash) Dr Ian Larson 
  • Bio21 and Department of Biochemistry 
  • Gelcast:  Portland Ceramics
  • CSL Bioplasma  
  • CSL Vaccines     
  • CSIRO Molecular Sciences 
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Chemistry School, The University of Melbourne  


  • CSL limited, Research and Development, Parkville
  • CSL limited, Bioplasma, Broadmeadows
  • Microns to Measure
  • Betz Dearborn
  • Goodman Fielder, Ingredients, Australia and US
  • Bonlac
  • Murray Goulburn
  • SC Johnson Wax
  • Carlton and United Breweries
  • Mobil
  • Clover Corporation
  • Unilever UK
  • Rhodia International, Australia and US
  • Uncle Ben’s Australia
  • Uncle Toby’s
  • Kraft
  • Kodak
  • Cerebos
  • Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations


  • 2 Patents
  • 3 Provisional Patents

Recent publications

  1. Homer S, Lundin L, Dunstan D. A detailed investigation of whey protein isolate solutions and gels reveals a number of novel characteristics. FOOD HYDROCOLLOIDS. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 77. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2017.10.035
  2. Di H, Martin G, Sun Q, Xie D, Dunstan D. Detailed, real-time characterization of particle deposition during crossflow filtration as influenced by solution properties. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 555. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.03.021
  3. Ow S-Y, Bekard I, Dunstan D. Effect of natural biopolymers on amyloid fibril formation and morphology. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 106. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.07.171
  4. Ng KSY, Dunstan D, Martin G. Influence of processing temperature on flux decline during skim milk ultrafiltration. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 195. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.12.029
  5. Yu MN, Soleimaninejad H, Lin JY, Zuo ZY, Liu B, Bo YF, Bai LB, Han YM, Smith T, Xu M, Wu XP, Dunstan D, Xia RD, Xie LH, Bradley DDC, Huang W. Photophysical and Fluorescence Anisotropic Behavior of Polyfluorene β-Conformation Films. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03148
  6. Di H, Martin G, Dunstan D. A microfluidic system for studying particle deposition during ultrafiltration. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 532. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.03.017
  7. Ng KSY, Haribabu M, Harvie D, Dunstan D, Martins GJO. Mechanisms of flux decline in skim milk ultrafiltration: A review. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 523. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2016.09.036
  8. Ranji-Burachaloo H, Karimi F, Xie K, Fu Q, Gurr P, Dunstan D, Qiao G. MOF-Mediated Destruction of Cancer Using the Cell's Own Hydrogen Peroxide. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07981
  9. Hsu W-L, Harvie D, Davidson M, Dunstan D, Hwang J, Daiguji H. Viscoelectric Effects in Nanochannel Electrokinetics. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 121, Issue 37. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b06798
  10. Xie D, Wei Y, Qiao G, Dunstan D. Alignment of Red Polydodecadyin-1,12-diol-bis(4-butoxycarbonylmethyl-urethane) in Couette Flow. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 120, Issue 34. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b05566
  11. Hsu W, Daiguji H, Dunstan D, Davidson M, Harvie D. Electrokinetics of the silica and aqueous electrolyte solution interface: Viscoelectric effects. ADVANCES IN COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 234. DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2016.05.001
  12. Xie D, Qiao G, Dunstan D. Flow-induced aggregation of colloidal particles in viscoelastic fluids. PHYSICAL REVIEW E. American Physical Society. 2016, Vol. 94, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.022610
  13. Bidram E, Sulistio A, Amini A, Fu Q, Qiao G, Stewart A, Dunstan D. Fractionation of graphene oxide single nano-sheets in water-glycerol solutions using gradient centrifugation. CARBON. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 103. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.02.095
  14. Bidram E, Dunstan D, Stewart A. Graphene Oxide as a photoluminated carrier. 1st International Conference on Advances in Functional Materials (AFM). Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1016/j.matpr.2016.01.064
  15. McKenzie T, Costa LPDM, Fu Q, Dunstan D, Qiao G. Investigation into the photolytic stability of RAFT agents and the implications for photopolymerization reactions. POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 7, Issue 25. DOI: 10.1039/c6py00808a

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