Gil Garnier, Director, Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University

Gil Garnier is Director of the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia. He is also the founding Director of the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI) ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub, inaugurated in 2014.

He joined Monash University in 2005 as Director of the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (APPI), which was transformed into BioPRIA in 2013. Previously, Dr Garnier was a Senior Research Scientist and team leader at Kimberly-Clark for 5 years. For eight years he held the dual position of Research Engineer at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican) and Adjunct Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of McGill University. His expertise includes the application of polymers and colloids to surface engineering and industrial applications.

His current research is on paper biodiagnostics, nanocomposites, nanocellulose and the biorefinery. Dr Garnier holds fourteen US/international patents and his publications include over ninety research articles and one hundred and fifty presentations in industry, conferences and universities. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from Sherbrooke University, Canada (B. Eng, M. Eng) and Virginia Tech, USA (Ph.D.).

Dr. Garnier is emeritus chairman of the TAPPI International Research Management Committee, member of the Australian Pulp and Paper Advisory Group, executive member of the Australian pulp and paper technical association (Appita), Founding Editor in Chief for Frontiers in Chemical Engineering (since 2013), associate editor of Cellulose, member of the editorial board of Bioresources, Appita Journal, and the Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Appita and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).