Associate Professor Rowan Truss

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
r.truss@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53729

Overview

Assoc Prof Rowan Truss's research interests are in: Natural polymers from sustainable sources, natural fibre composites, polymer nano-composites, Service performance of polymers, deformation and failure mechanisms in polymers, processing/structure/property relationships in polymers.

After obtaining a BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Queensland, Assoc. Prof Rowan Truss undertook postdoctoral research in the Department of Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US and in the Department of Physics at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. He then spent a period in industry working for ICI Australia on performance and product development of bulk commodity polymers and advanced ceramics. He joined the academic staff of the University of Queensland in 1990 where he teaches engineering materials and polymers.

His early research was on deformation mechanisms, yield and fracture of polymers and he has a continuing interest in service performance and failure analysis of polymer products. Over the last 10 years, Dr Truss has been involved with processing and properties of bio-sourced polymers such as starch and poly hydroxybutyrate and more recently on the use of natural fibres for composites. His emphasis is on understanding processing/structure/property relationships in polymers and composites to be able to control and predict performance of polymer articles in service.

Assoc Prof Truss undertakes his research both independently and through the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers and the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures.

Research Interests

  • service performance of polymers
    lifetime prediction in pipelines fatigue of polymers environmental degradation of polymers
  • structure and properties of polymers
    deformation mechanism in polymers yield and fracture of polymers fatigue and fracture mechanics of polymers
  • natural fibre composites
    characterisation of natural fibres used in composites processing and properties of natural fibre composites
  • natural polymers
    processing and characterisation of starch based polymers processing of starch with ionic liquids

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • 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

  • Chaleat, C. M., Nikolic, M., Truss, R. W., Tan, I., McGlashan, S. A. and Halley, P. J. (2012). Thermoplastic starch polymer blends and nanocomposites. In Biobased monomers, polymers and materials (pp. 323-334) Washington, DC, United States: American Chemical Society. doi:10.1021/bk-2012-1105.ch019

  • Halley, Peter J., Truss, Rowan W., Markotsis, Martin G., Chaleat, Celine, Russo, Melissa, Sargent, Anna Lisa, Tan, Ihwa and Sopade, Peter A. (2007). A review of biodegradable thermoplastic starch polymers. In M. C. Celina and R. A. Assink (Ed.), Polymer Durability and Radiation Effects (pp. 287-300) United States: American Chemical Society. doi:10.1021/bk-2007-0978.ch024

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Legras, A., Truss, R., Rao, S., Bhattacharyya, D., Soatthiyanon, N., Crosky, A. and Heitzmann, M. (2014). Optimisation of the twin-screw compounding process for short fibre biocomposites. In: Rikard Benton Heslehurst, Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Conference 2014: Materials for a Lighter and Smarter World. Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Conference, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, (283-292). 7-9 April 2014.

  • Xie, Fengwei, Li, Ming, Mateyawa, Sainimili, Truss, Rowan W., Halley, Peter J., Nicholson, Timothy, Rogers, Robin D. and McNally, Tony (2013). Ionic liquid plasticised starch-based materials. In: 4th International Conference on Biodegradable and Biobased Polymers (BIOPOL 2013), Rome, Italy, (). 1-3 October 2013.

  • Xie, Fengwei, Mateyawa, Sainimili, Truss, Rowan W., Halley, Peter J., Nicholson, Timothy, Rogers, Robin R. and McNally, Tony (2013). Starch-based bioplastics: using ionic liquid as a novel plasticiser for improving the processibility of starch polymers. In: EP’2013: The Sixth International Symposium on Engineering Plastics, Xiamen, China, (121-122). 25-28 August, 2013.

  • Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Hou, Meng, Veidt, Martin, Truss, Rowan W., Heitzmann, M. and Paton, R. (2012). Interface diffusion and morphology of aerospace grade epoxy co-cured with thermoplastic polymers. In: ICAS 2012 CD-ROM Proceedings. 28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2012), Brisbane, Australia, (1984-1992). 23-28 September 2012.

  • Mateyawa, Sainimili, Halley, Peter, Truss, Rowan, Xie, Fengwei, Nicholson, Timothy, McNally, Tony and Rogers, Robin (2012). Starch polymer nanocomposite systems: use of ionic liquids and nanofillers. In: The 13th International Symposium on Biopolymers (ISBP 2012), Cairns, Australia, (). 7-10 October 2012.

  • Halley, Peter, Chaleat, Celine, Truss, Rowan, Gidley, M, Shrestha, A. K., Gilbert, R. B., Liu, W.-C., Roberts, A. and McCaffrey, N. (2010). Developing water resistant starch polymers. In: 26th Polymer Processing Society Meeting, Banff, Canada, (). July 2010.

  • Hou, Meng, Tang, Xue-Gang, Zou, Jin, Truss, Rowan W. and Yang, Ming-Bo (2010). PVDF Nano-composites prepared by phase inversion technique and interface fine tune. In: Proceedings of the 7th Asian-Australian Conference on Composite Materials. The 7th Asian-Australian Conference on Composite Materials, Taipei, Taiwan, (1-4). 15-18 November 2010.

  • Halley, Peter J., Truss, R. W., Chaleat, C. and Russo, M. (2009). Next generation starch-based polymers. In: Proceedings of: 11th Pacific Polymer Conference. PPC11: Progress in Polymers for the New Millennium. 11th Pacific Polymer Conference 2009 incorporating the 31st Australasian Polymer Symposium, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (1-2). 6-10 December 2009.

  • Halley, Peter, Chaleat, Celine, Russo, M. and Truss, R. (2009). Next generation thermoplastic starch-based polymer development. In: 8th World Congress on Chemical Engineering, Montreal, Canada, (). August 2009.

  • Halley, P. J., Truss, R. W., Markotsis, M. G., Chaleat, C., Russo, M., Sargent, A. L., Tan, I. and Sopade, P. A. (2008). A Review of Biodegradable Thermoplastic Starch Polymers. In: ACS symposium series: Polymer Durability and Radiation Effects. Symposium on Polymer Performance and Degradation held at Pacifichem 2005 Conference, Honolulu HI, (287-300). 15 - 20 December 2005. doi:10.1021/bk-2007-0978.ch024

  • West, D. B., Truss, R. W., Crocker, L. and Chapman, P. G. (2008). Fatigue-limits, fatigue thresholds and other random quantities in PVC pipes. In: Proceedings of the Plastic Piles XIV. Plastics Pipes XIV, Budapest, Hungary, (). 22-24 September 2008.

  • Truss, R. W., Russo, M., Chaleat, C., Halley, P. J. and Martin, D. J. (2008). Tailored Polymers for Biomedical Applications - Polyurethane Nanocomposite Elastomers and Thermoplastic Starch. In: G. McNally and L. Czuba, Polymer Processing and Medical Polymer Research Centres. SPE European Medical Polymers Conference, Belfast, Ireland, (15-20). 2-4 September 2008.

  • Chaleat, C., Halley, P. and Truss, R. (2008). Toughening mechanisms in thermoplastic starch/polyvinyl alcohol blends. In: Proceedings of 5th ESIS TC4 Conference. 5th International Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, (). 7-11 September, 2008.

  • Chaleat, C., Russo, M., Truss, R. W. and Halley, Peter J. (2008). Understanding thermoplastic starch polymer blend structure-property degradation relationships. In: 30th Australasian Polymer Symposium (30APS): Abstract book. 30th Australasian Polymer Symposium (30APS), Melbourne, Australia & Petersburg, Russia, (380-381). 30 November - 4 December 2008.

  • Halley, P. J., Khemani, K., Krummel, E., Nicholson, T., Russo, M. A. L., Strounina, E. and Truss, R. (2007). A study of the water diffusion into thermoplastic starch polymers. In: 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Hobart, Australia, (). 11-15 February, 2007.

  • Ghafor, Wael A., Halley, Peter J., Hill, David J. T., Martin, Darren, Rasoul, Firas, Truss, Rowan R. and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2007). CloisiteNa+/LLDPE – Composite: Effect of layered silicate on the thermal, mechanical and photo-oxidation properties. In: 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Hobart, Australia, (1-2). 11-15 February 2007.

  • Chaleat, C. M., Marquis, A-C, Halley, P. J. and Truss, R. W. (2007). Fracture toughness in plasticised starch/poly(vinyl alcohol) blends. In: Proceedings of: 1st International Conference on Biodegradable Polymers and Sustainable Composites (BIOPOL-2007). 1st International Conference on Biodegradable Polymers and Sustainable Composites (BIOPOL-2007), Alicante, Spain, (). 3 - 5 October 2007.

  • Chalat, C. M., Halley, P. J., Marquis, A-C. and Truss, R. W. (2007). Fracture toughness in plasticized starch/poly (vinyl alcohol) blends. In: BIOPOL 2007: 1st International Conference on Biodegradable Polymers and Sustainable Composites,, Alicante, Spain, (). 3-5 October, 2007.

  • Halley, P. J., Truss, R . W., Chaleat, C., Russo, M., Whittaker, A., Gidley, M., Sopade, P., Torley P., Markotsis, M. G., Russo, M., Tan, I., McGlashan, S., Jayasekara, R. and Khemani, K. (2007). Review of biodegradable thermoplastic starch-based polymer development. In: Proceedings of the 17th Polymer Processing Society Asia/Australia Meeting. 17th Polymer Processing Society Asia/Australia Meeting, Shanghai, China, (). 12-14 July, 2007.

  • Zalucki, M P, Stewart, A D, Truss, R W, Rajendran, S and Noller, B N (2006). A study of termite foraging responses with protective barrier systems containing bifenthrin. In: Interact 2006 air, water & earth. Interact 2006 air, water & earth, Burswood Entertainment Complex WA, (233-233). 24-28 September 2006.

  • Chaleat, C. M. S., Halley, P. J., Russo, M. and Truss, R. W. (2006). Biodegradable plastics for injection-moulded applications. In: Proceedings 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th annual conference. 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th annual conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, (). 5-9 February, 2006.

  • Finnigan, Bradley, Casey, Phil, Cookson, David, Halley, Peter, Jack, Kevin, Truss, Rowan and Martin, Darren (2006). Impact of Controlled Particle Size Nanofillers on the Mechanical Properties of Segmented Polyurethane Nanocomposites. In: Proceedings of 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Rotorua, New Zealand, (). 5-9 February 2006.

  • Chaleat, C. M., Michel-Amadry, G., Truss, R. W. and Halley, P. J. (2006). Influence of Strain Rate, Temperature and Humidity on the Tensile Yield Behaviour of a Commercial Thermoplastic Starch Blend. In: Proceedings 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th Annual Conference. 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th Annual Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, (). 5-9 February, 2006.

  • Rajendran, S., Stewart, A., Noller, B. N., Zalucki, M.P. and Truss, R. W. (2006). Polymeric materials as barrier for wood against termite damage: Understanding termite micromechanics. In: Proceedings 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th Annual Conference. 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th Annual Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, (1-2). 5 - 9 February, 2006.

  • Chaleat, Celine, Michel-Amadry, Geraldine, Truss, Rowan and Halley, Peter (2006). Systematic study of the effects of equilibrium relative humidity on the mechanical properties of thermoplastic starch-based blends. In: Proceedings of the International Degradable Plastics Symposium: Status of Biobased and Synthetic Polymer Technology. International Degradable Plastics Symposium: Status of Biobased and Synthetic Polymer Technology BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS); The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), Chicago, U.S.A., (). 14-17 June 2006.

  • Noller, Barry, Gilbert, Dale, Sadler, Ross, Truss, Rowan, Zalucki, Myron, Connell, Des, Chiswell, Barry, Stewart, Aaron, Rajendran, Sharad and Hasthorpe, Amanda (2006). Urban Australian cities under termite attack. In: 2nd State of Australian Cities National Conference >05. 2nd State of Australian Cities National Conference 2005, Queensland Conservatiorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, (1-18). 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2005.

  • Markotsis, M., Truss, R., Chaleat, C., Russo, M., Gentil, K., Sargent, A. L. and Halley, P. (2006). Water Effects in Thermoplastic Starch Materials. In: Technical Program: BioPlastics 2006: International Symposium on Bioplastics and Natural Fiber Composites. BioPlastics 2006: International Symposium on Bioplastics and Natural Fiber Composites, Montreal Canada, (2-2). 27-29 September 2006.

  • Russo, Melissa A. L., Strounina, Ekaterina, Waret, Muriel, Nicholson, Timothy, Truss, Rowan and Halley, Peter J. (2006). Water diffusion and degradation of starch-based plastics. In: Proceedings of the International Degradable Plastics Symposium: Status of Biobased and Synthetic Polymer Technology. International Degradable Plastics Symposium: Status of Biobased and Synthetic Polymer Technology, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., (). 14-17 June 2006.

  • Russo, Melissa A. L., Strounina, Katia, Waret, Muriel, Nicholson, Timothy, Truss, Rowan and Halley, Peter J. (2006). Water diffusion and degradation of starch-based polymers. In: Proceedings 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th Annual Conference. 28th Australasian Polymer Symposium & Australasian Society for Biomaterials 16th Annual Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, (). 5-9 February, 2006.

  • Halley, P. J., Truss, R. W., Russo, M. A. and Lonergan, G. (2005). Tailored-lifetime biodegradable polymers. In: International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2005. International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Honolulu, HI, U.S.A., (). 15-20 December 2005.

  • Stewart, A. D., Zalucki, M. P., Noller, B. N. and Truss, R. W. (2005). Termite Foraging Interactions with Synthetic Barrier Systems. In: 5th Annual Health and Medical Research Conference of Queensland. 5th Annual Health and Medical Research Conference of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, (1-1). 3-4 November 2005.

  • Finnigan, B. P., Campbell, K. T., Edwards, G. A. B., Halley, P. J., Truss, R. W. and Martin, D. J. (2005). The influence of organo-layered silicate aspect ratio on polyurethane nanocomposite structure and properties. In: Journal of Polymer Engineering. Special Issue Based on Papers Presented at the International Workshop on Polymer Nanocomposites: Recent Developments and Applications. International Workshop on Polymer Nanocomposites: Recent Developments and Applications, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (105-123). 23-25 May 2005.

  • Chaleat, C. M., Truss, R. W., Halley, P. J. and Markotsis, M. G. (2004). Determination of the fracture toughness of an industrial thermoplastic starch system by the essential work of fracture method. In: 27th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 27th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, (1-2). Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2004.

  • Stewart, A. K., Zalucki, M. P., Truss, R. and Noller, B. (2004). Development of experimental procedure for determining susceptibility of various materials to termite attack. In: 4th Annual Queensland Health and Medical Scientific Meeting. 4th Annual Queensland Health and Medical Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, (224-224). 30th November -1st December, 2004.

  • Stewart, A. K., Zalucki, M. P., Truss, R. and Noller, B. (2004). Development of experimental procedure for determining susceptibility of various materials to termite attack. In: M .Zalucki, XXII International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane, (). 15th - 21st August, 2004.

  • Finnigan, B. P., Martin, D. J., Halley, P. J., Truss, R. W., Campbell, K. T., Edwards, G. A. B. and Casey, P. (2004). Effect of fluoromica platelet size on the properties of segmented polyurethane nanocomposites. In: Proceedings of: 4th World Congress in Nanocomposites. 4th World Congress Nanocomposites 2004: Commercial Applications, Business Opportunities,Technical Breakthroughs, Scientific Discoveries, San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A., (). 1-3 September 2004.

  • Chaleat, C. M., Markotsis, M. G., Frances, F., Pei, H., Truss, R. W. and Halley, P. J. (2004). Influence of equilibrium relative humidity on the mechanical behaviour of an industrial thermoplastic starch system. In: 27th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 27th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Adelaide, Australia, (). 28 November- 2 December 2004.

  • Kennedy, K. E., Mueller, J., Bartkow, M. E., Hawker, D. and Truss, R. (2004). Novel use of thin polyethylene films on aluminium surfaces as an equilibrium sampler for PAHs in air. In: 1st International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium. IPSW 2004, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, (47-47). 14-18 April 2004.

  • Finnigan, B. P., Martin, D. J., Halley, P. J. and Truss, R. W. (2004). Study of morphology and property profiles in segmented biomedical polyurethane nanocomposites. In: J Ramshaw, Transactions of the 7th World Biomaterials Congress. 7th World Biomaterials Congress, Sydney, Australia, (1290-1290). 17-21 May, 2004.

  • Martin, D. J., Finnigan, B. P., Halley, P. J. and Truss, R. W. (2003). Structure and properties of biomedical polyurethane-layered silicate nanocomposites. In: Australian Society for Biomaterials 13th Annual Conference. Australian Society for Biomaterials 13th Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (1-1). 16-18 March 2003.

  • Finnigan, B. P., Martin, D. J., Halley, P. J. and Truss, R. W. (2003). The morphology and properties of biomedical polyurethane nanocomposites. In: 26th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 26th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Noosa, Queensland, Australia, (3-4). 13-17 July 2003.

  • Murphy, J.M., Martin, D. J., Truss, R. W., Halley, P. J., Jackson, O. and O'Shea, M. E. (2002). Improving Polyethylene Performance - Investigation of the addition of Organoclays for the Rotational Moulding Process. In: 25th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 25th Australasian Polymer Symposium, University of New England, (B7/2). 10-13 February.

  • Murphy, J. M., Martin, D. J., Truss, R. W. and Halley, P. J. (2002). Improving polyethylene performance: The use of nanocomposites in Ziegler-Natta polyethylene for rotational moulding. In: Proceedings of the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) of the Society of Plastics Engineers, San Francisco, Ca USA, (1286-1291). 5-9 May, 2002.

  • Jackson, O., Passmann, D., Tann, M., Martin, D. J., Truss, R. W. and Halley, P. J. (2002). Investigation of steady coating flows for Rotational Moulding with curing polyurethane systems. In: 25th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 25th Australasian Polymer Symposium, University of New England, (C7/1). 10-13 February.

  • Martin, D. J., Halley, P. J., Truss, R. W., Murphy, J.M. and Meusburger, S. R. (2002). The Development of Nanocomposites to Enhance Functionality of Materials for Rotational Molding. In: ANTEC 2002. ANTEC Annual Technical Conference, San Francisco, (1292-1294). 5-9 May 2002.

  • Carr, A., Kemp, A. R., Drennan, J. and Truss, R. W. (2002). The microstructure of scarus rivulatus pharyngel teeth (Pisces, Scardae). In: Proceedings of the 17th Australian Conference on Electron Microscopy. 17th Australian Conference on Electron Microscopy, Adelaide, South Australia, (). February 4-8, 2002.

  • Atrens, A. and Truss, R. W. (2001). Curriculum design to tailor an undergraduate site learning program (USLP) in materials engineering. In: Les Dawes and Wageeh Boles and Anthony Maeder, 12th Australian Conference on Engineering. Towards Excellence in Engineering Education, Brisbane, Qld, (127-132). 26-28 Sept 2001.

  • Meusburger, S., Truss, R. W., Martin, D. J. and Halley, P. J. (2001). Particulate composites for rotational moulding. In: 24th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Beechworth, Victoria, (). 4-8 February.

  • Martin, D. J., Truss, R. W., Halley, P. J., Le, T.L., Woo, T. and Edwards, G. (2001). Preparation and Properties of Polyurethane Nanocomposites. In: 24th Australasian Polymer Symposium. 24th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Beechworth, Victoria, (). 4-8 February.

  • Martin, D. J., Halley, P. J., Truss, R. W., Le, T. K. and Woo, T. (2001). Preparation and Properties of Rigid Castable Polyurethane Nanocomposites. In: Europolymer Conference 2001 (EUPOC 2001). Europolymer Conference 2001, Gargnano, Italy, (). 27 May -1 June.

  • Truss, R. W., Halley, P. J., Martin, D. J., Jackson, O. and Murphy, J.M. (2001). Rotational moulding of PE nanocomposites. In: Australasian Rotational Moulders Australasia Conference. Australasian Rotational Molders Australasia Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, (). 1-5 September.

  • Lau, W. S., Kwon, J. A. and Truss, R. W. (2001). The essential work of fracture as a method of characterising, uPVC pipe materials. In: 24th Australasian Polymer Symposium, Beechworth, Vic., Australia, (). 4-8 February 2001.

  • Jackson, O., Truss, R. W. and Halley, P. J. (2000). Rotomoulding research project. In: Rotomould 2000 - Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia. Rotomould Australasia Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, (). 6-10 August 2000.

  • Kwon, J. and Truss, R. W. (1999). The work of fracture in uniaxial and biaxial oriented vinyl pipes. In: Lin Ye and Yiu wing Mai, International Workshop on Fracture Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Materials. International Workshop on Fracture Mechanics and Advanced Engineering Materials, The University of Sydney, (411-418). 8-10 December, 1999.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision