Dr Cordelia Selomulya joined University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW) in late 2019 as a Professor – Food & Health within the School of Chemical Engineering and as Research & Commercialisation Director for the Future Food Systems CRC. In 2022, she was appointed the Head of Research for UNSW’s Faculty of Engineering.
Prior to her relocation to UNSW, Prof. Selomulya was an ARC Future Fellow (2014 – 2018) at Monash University, where she also led the Biotechnology and Food Engineering group, which had an internationally recognised reputation in particle engineering and drying technology research, particularly for food and dairy applications. At the time this was the only facility in Australia for functional particle assembly via microfluidic spray drying.
The unique spray dryer, which Prof. Selomulya brought with her to UNSW, can also be used to synthesise particles, including thermal-sensitive and bioactive particles, microparticles for controlled release and microencapsulation, magnetic and fluorescent composites, and mesoporous microspheres with hierarchal structures and properties superior to those observed on nanomaterials (Prov. Patent AU2013904021). The method is scaleable and is potentially a cost-effective, energy- and material-efficient route to producing high-quality powders with improved functionality and ease of handling.
She also conducts interdisciplinary research on the design of nanoparticle vaccines and mesoporous materials, and includes developing multi-stage vaccines for, and designing a more efficient DNA vaccine delivery system for malaria; and understanding the role of nanoparticle adjuvants for ovarian cancer vaccines.
Prof. Selomulya is the director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Future Dairy Manufacturing, a joint strategic initiative funded by the Australian and Chinese governments and industry partners in both countries, including Bega, Saputo Dairy Australia, Fonterra, Gardiner Foundation, COFCO and Mengniu Dairy. She was also the director of the Food and Dairy Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIP) at Monash University. She has been an adjunct professor at Soochow University since 2013.
In 2020, Prof. Selomulya was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).