Professor Peter Halley

Head of School

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Affiliate Professor

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
p.halley@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51291

Overview

Peter is the current Head of School and a Professor in Chemical Engineering, an Adjunct Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), and a chief investigator in both the Centre for High Performance Polymers (CHPP) and Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) centre.

Peter works at the translational research interface between universities and industry. Specifically his research involves rheology, processing and product design of bio-based materials, polymers and nanocomposite materials. He has worked in industry (SRI international, Sola Optical, Moldflow), has worked in three cooperative research centres (CRCs), has acquired and managed continuous government and industry research projects since 1994, was heavily involved in the spinoff of Plantic Technologies from the CRC food packaging in 2002 (and ongoing research support with them until 2016), and was involved in the research that led to the TenasiTech (TPU nanocomposite) spinoff from UQ in 2007. Peter has led translational research projects in biopolymers and biofluid platforms for agrifood, biomedical and high-value manufacturing sectors which have attracted more than $14 million in government and industry funding; and produced patents, licences and new industrial know-how.

Peter is a fellow of the institute of chemical engineers (IChemE) and a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Peter is on the editorial board of the Plastics, Rubbers and Composites, Starch, the Journal of Renewable Materials and Green Polymers. He is on the boards of the UQ Dow Centre, the RTA Centre, and the HBIS Sustainable Steel Innovation Centre. He won IChemE Shedden Uhde Award and Prize for excellence in Chemical Engineering (2004), the CRC Sugar innovation award (2008), the CRCPolymers Chairman’s award for research and commercialisation (2011), and has received the CRC Association Technology Transfer Award, twice, in 2002 and 2015.

Research:

Current projects are focused on developing new sustainable and bio-based polymers and biochemicals from formulation through to degradation/disposal, understanding processing of nanostructured polymers, developing smarter biopolymers and materials for biomedical, drug delivery, food and high value applications and understanding rheology and processing of a range of polymer, foods and liquids.

Teaching and Learning:

He is head of school now, but his previous teaching was in Introduction to Engineering Design, Engineering Thermodynamics, Polymer Engineering, Process Economics, Research Thesis and Engineering Management. My overall teaching goal is to be a relevant, well organised, enthusiastic and empathetic enabler of learning using multiple teaching and learning modes.

International links

Professor Halley has been visiting or invited professor at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Strasbourg and Institut national des sciences appliquées (INSA) de Lyon in France. He also has strong international collaborations with the US Department of Agriculture, Albany, USA; Colorado School of Mines, USA; AnoxKaldnes, Sweden; University of Bradford, UK; the University of Warwick, SCION, NZ; and Michigan State University, USA.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable materials and polymers
    Current projects are focused on developing new sustainable and bio-based polymers and biochemicals from formulation through to degradation/disposal, understanding processing of nanostructured polymers, developing smarter biopolymers and materials for biomedical, drug delivery, food and high value applications and understanding rheology and processing of a range of polymer, foods and liquids

Research Impacts

Professor Peter Halley is a leading international expert in bio-based polymers and translational polymer research. His initial work on Australia's first biodegradable thermoplastic starch polymers led to the establishment of spin-off company Plantic Technologies, more than $75 million in venture financing, sales of commercially-viable products and a continued research provider relationship with Plantic. Professor Halley has led translational research projects in biopolymers and biofluid platforms for agrifood, biomedical and high-value manufacturing sectors which have attracted more than $14 million in government and industry funding; and produced patents, licences and new industrial know-how.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Cert of Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • part of ARCDP 2012-2015 project with UQ, QUB and UAlabama

  • Part of CRC polymers 2012-2017

  • Part of ARCLP 2012-2015

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Xie, F., Avérous, L., Halley, P. J. and Liu, P. (2015). Mechanical performance of starch-based biocomposites. In Misra, Manjusri, Pandey, Jitendra K and Mohanty, Amar K (Ed.), Biocomposites: Design and Mechanical Performance (pp. 53-92) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1016/B978-1-78242-373-7.00011-1

  • Tan, I. and Halley, Peter J. (2014). "Structure-Property" relationships of genetically modified starch. In Peter J. Halley and Luc Avérous (Ed.), Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications (pp. 31-73) Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00020-8

  • Xie, Fengwei, Pollet, Eric, Halley, Peter J. and Avérous, Luc (2014). Advanced nano-biocomposites based on starch. In Kishan Gopal Ramawat and Jean-Michel Mérillon (Ed.), Polysaccharides: bioactivity and biotechnology (pp. 1-75) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-03751-6_50-1

  • 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

  • Maliger, R. B. and Halley, Peter J. (2014). Reactive extrusion for thermoplastic starch-polymer blends. In Peter J. Halley and Luc R. Avérous (Ed.), Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications (pp. 291-315) Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00030-0

  • Laycock, Bronwyn G. and Halley, Peter J. (2014). Starch applications: state of market and new trends. In Peter J. Halley and Luc R. Avérous (Ed.), Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications (pp. 381-414) Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00026-9

  • Shrestha, Ashok K. and Halley, Peter J. (2014). Starch modification to develop novel starch-biopolymer blends: state of art and perspectives. In Peter J. Halley and Luc R. Avérous (Ed.), Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications (pp. 105-137) Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00022-1

  • Avérous, Luc R. and Halley, Peter J. (2014). Starch polymers: from the field to industrial products. In Peter J. Halley and Luc R. Avérous (Ed.), Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications (pp. 3-10) Burlington, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53730-0.00018-X

  • Nikolić, Melissa A. L., Dean, Katherine and Halley, Peter J. (2012). Biodegradation and applications of nanobiocomposites. In Luc Avérous and Eric Pollet (Ed.), Environmental silicate nano-biocomposites (pp. 409-422) London, United Kingdom: Springer.

  • Halley, Peter J. (2012). Rheology of thermosets: the use of chemorheology to characterise and model thermoset flow behaviour. In Qipeng Guo (Ed.), Thermosets: structure, properties and applications (pp. 92-117) New Delhi, India: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1533/9780857097637.1.92

  • 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

  • Xie, Fengwei, Halley, Peter J. and Averous, Luc (2011). Bio-nanocomposites based on starch. In Vikas Mittal (Ed.), Nanocomposites with biodegradable polymers: Synthesis, properties and future perspectives (pp. 234-260) New York, United States: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581924.001.0001

  • McCrossan, K., McClory, C., Mayoral, B., Thompson, D., McConnell, D., McNally, T., Murphy, M., Nicholson, T., Martin, D. and Halley, P. (2011). Composites of poly(ethylene terephthalate) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. In Tony McNally and Petra Pötschke (Ed.), Polymer–carbon nanotube composites: preparation, properties and applications (pp. 545-586) Oxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1533/9780857091390.2.545

  • McCrossan, K., McClory, C., Mayoral, B., Thompson, D., McNally, T., Murphy, M., Nicholson, T., Martin, D. and Halley, P. (2011). Composites of poly(ethylene terephthlate) and carbon nanotubes. In Tony McNally and Petra Pötschke (Ed.), Polymer-carbon nanotube composites : Preparation, properties and applications (pp. 545-585) Cambridge United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing.

  • Halley, Peter J. (2010). Morphology development in thermoset nanocomposites. In Vikas Mittal (Ed.), Optimization of polymer nanocomposite properties (pp. 21-40) Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. doi:10.1002/9783527629275.ch2

  • 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

  • Cichero, Julie and Halley, Peter (2006). Variations to the normal swallow. In Julie Cichero and Bruce Murdoch (Ed.), Dysphagia: Foundation, theory and practice (pp. 47-91) Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Halley, P. J. (2005). Thermoplastic starch biodegradable polymers. In Ray Smith (Ed.), Biodegradable polymers for industrial applications (pp. 140-162) Boca Raton, Fla. ; Cambridge, England: CRC Press; Woodhead.

  • Sopade, P. A., Bhandari, B. R., D'Arcy, B. R., Halley, P. J. and Caffin, N. A. (2002). A study of vitrification of Australian honeys at different moisture contents. In Harry Levine (Ed.), Amorphous Food and Pharmacentical Systems 1st ed. (pp. 168-183) UK: Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • part of ARCDP 2012-2015 project with UQ, QUB and UAlabama

  • Part of CRC polymers 2012-2017

  • Part of ARCLP 2012-2015