Victoria University has consolidated its research activity. From 2018 research of the Institute for Sustainability & Innovation (ISI) is located within the Institute of Sustainable & Liveable Cities.

Our programs are strongly connected to industry partners through the Advisory committee and adjunct appointments, and via partnerships on individual research projects.

We also undertake consultancy projects across our broad portfolio of research areas. Our laboratory facilities are available to our industry partners and a list of equipment available is listed below.

Collaborators & Industry partners

Our collaborators are:

  • Deakin University
  • University of NSW
  • Technion
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Sunchon National University (Korea)
  • University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)
  • Nanjing University of Technology
  • Fudan University (China).

Our industry partners are:

  • Crusader Hose Pty Ltd
  • Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd
  • Western Water
  • Victoria Chemical Company
  • Water Research Australia
  • GWMWater
  • Melbourne Water
  • City West Water
  • Central Highlands Water
  • Western Water
  • Barwon Water.

Advisory Committee

  • Michael Thomas, R&D Manager, Barwon Water
  • Gerard Dooley, Manager, Central Highlands Water
  • Amanda Smith, Manager, City West Water
  • David Sheehan, General Manager, Coliban Water
  • Dr David Halliwell, Director, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Deakin University
  • Ann Allworth, Senior Policy Analyst-Water and Catchments, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
  • Emma Carden, Manager, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Vacant, EPA Victoria
  • Andrew Barton, Manager Water Resources, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
  • Eddy Ostarcevic, Business Development Manager, Integrated Elements
  • Thomas Kuen, Manager, Asset Management Research, Melbourne Water
  • Chris Braddock, Integrated Water Engineer, Metropolitan Planning Authority
  • James Roberts, General Manager, National Measurement Institute
  • Rebecca Koss, Environment Strategy Coordinator, Port Philip & Westernport CMS
  • Dr Graeme Allinson, Associate Professor in Environmental Chemistry, RMIT University
  • Terence Turney, Sonic Essentials
  • Pam Kerry, Product Futures and Research Manager, South East Water
  • Dr Michel Lefebvre, Steripak Pty Ltd
  • Dr Dharma Dharmabalan, General Manager, TasWater
  • Tony Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Water Industry Association
  • Karen Rouse, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Australia
  • Anna May, Manager Renewable Resources, Western Water
  • Peter McKinnon, Manager, Environment and Sustainability, Wyndham City Council


ISI undertakes consultancy projects across its broad portfolio of research areas.

Selected current & past consultancies

  • South East Water via Aqueous Solutions - Boneo membrane autopsy
  • Akvotek - Membrane Autopsy
  • Membrane Futures - Streaming potential measurements of 4 membranes
  • Crusader Hose Pty Ltd - Evaluation of the effect of chloramine and hypochlorite on extruded polyurethane hose materials
  • City West Water - Desalination by Class A Water
  • Veolia Water Australia Ltd - Membrane Chemical Modification for Potential Lifetime Extension
  • Rema Industries & Services - Analysis of anaerobic biodegradability under test method
  • Mineracao Taboca S.A. - Upgrading of zircon by chemical treatment
  • Penrice Soda Pty Ltd - Silica removal for brine processing
  • Lanxess Pty Ltd - assessment of ION exchange technologies for softening
  • Manildra Group - membrane autopsy
  • Arup - recycling of fire fighting water
  • Actiflux - membrane autopsy
  • Tricomm - recycling of fire fighting foam
  • Alia Water - testing E-ecoli removal/deactivation

Contact us about ISI consultancies

Stephen Gray
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 8097

Our laboratory facilities

Our laboratory facilities are available to our industry partners and include:

  • laboratory and pilot plant membrane facilities for flat sheet, hollow fibre and ceramic membranes
  • membrane autopsy facilities.

New analytical instruments that have been installed and commissioned are:

  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Perkin Elmer FTIR with ATR and Gas Cell
  • Griswold water systems WAVE - high frequency electromagnetic field generation system for testing reverse osmosis membrane fouling
  • Dolphin water care series 3000 - high pulsed frequency electromagnetic field generation system for testing reverse osmosis membrane fouling
  • ICP (inductively coupled plasma - atomic emission spectrometer) for trace level metals analysis
  • GCMS (gas chromatography - mass spectrometer) for organics identification and analysis
  • GCFID (gas chromatography - flame ionisation detector) for general analysis
  • Single quad LCMS (liquid chromatography - mass spectrometer) including ESI, APCI, for unstable or high MW organics identification and analysis
  • Gradient HPLC (with PDA, ELSD, Electrochemical & Fluorescence detectors) for general analysis
  • Scanning UV/Vis spectrophotometer
  • TOC/TN (total organic carbon / total nitrogen) analyser
  • Ion chromatograph for dissolved anions analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • High temperature GPC (gel permeation chromatograph)
  • Zetasizer nano for measuring zeta potential and particle size
  • Streaming Potential Analyser (SurPASS)
  • Aqualog Spectroflurometer
  • Contact Angle
  • Biogas analyser
  • Moisture analyser
  • TriStar3000 porosity analyser (Micromerities USA)
  • Mettler Toledo Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Mettler Toledo Thermogravimetric analyser
  • Instron 5 kN Tensile Testing Machine.

Contact us about Laboratory facilities

Noel Dow
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 8025