Professor Anton Middelberg

Professor Anton Middelberg
 Position Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
 Org Unit Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5665
 Location Floor/Room 1 ,  Mitchell ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Anton Middelberg is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research) of The University of Adelaide. He is responsible for leading and oversighting the University's extensive research and innovation activities. Prior, he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

    Professor Middelberg earned his Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and medals for Chemical Engineering and Engineering in 1989 from The University of Adelaide. He joined the staff as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer earning a PhD in 1993. After a period as a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, he joined the University of Cambridge as a tenured academic (becoming the inaugural Reader in Biological Engineering) and as Fellow and Director of Studies of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was also appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In 2003 he returned to Australia as a Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council, and then as the 2010 Queensland Premier's Fellow. From 2014-2017 Professor Middelberg was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland.

    Professor Middelberg is an internationally-recognised research and thought leader in chemical and biomolecular engineering. His research is fundamental but directed toward significant problems including in the health and advanced biomanufacturing sectors. Professor Middelberg has researched, patented and licensed new technologies in the fields of rapid vaccine scale-up, soft condensed matter and bio-nanotechnology. These inventions have been recognised through election to US National Academy of Inventors.

    The impact of Professor Middelberg's research has also been recognised by election as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of Engineers Australia, and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of Engineers Australia. Professor Middelberg is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles in science, engineering and health. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Chemical Engineering Science.


  • Qualifications

    BE(Hons), University of Adelaide

    MA, University of Cambridge

    PhD, University of Adelaide

  • Publications

    Representative Publications

    The Mechanical Properties of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. PNAS 97(18) 9871 (2000).

    Peptide Interfacial Adsorption is Kinetically Limited by the Thermodynamic Stability of Self Association. PNAS 97(10) 5054 (2000).

    Preparative Protein Refolding. TibTech 20(10) 437 (2002).

    Reversible Active Switching of the Mechanical Properties of a Peptide Film at a Fluid-fluid Interface. Nature Materials 5(6) 502 (2006).

    Nanoparticle Synthesis in Micro-reactors. Chem Eng Sci 66(7) 1463 (2011).

    A Microbial Platform for Rapid and Low-cost Virus-like Particle and Capsomere Vaccines. Vaccine 29(41) 7154 (2011).

    Nanoparticle Vaccines. Vaccine 32(3) 327 (2014).

    Bioengineering Virus-like Particles as Vaccines. Biotechnol Bioeng 111(3) 425-440 (2015).

    Beyond Disease, How Biomedical Engineering can Improve Global Health. Science Translational Medicine 6(266) 266fs48 (2015).

    Interfacial Biomimetic Synthesis of Silica Nanocapsules Using a Recombinant Catalytic Modular Protein. Langmuir 31(6) 1999 (2015).

    Synthetic Biology Design to Display an 18 kDa Rotavirus Large Antigen on a Modular Virus-like Particle. Vaccine 33(44) 5937-5944 (2015). Research Funded by a Gates Grand Challenge Explorations Grant.

    Non-infectious Virus-like Particles for the Validation of Membrane Integrity and Column Performance in Bioprocessing. Food Bioprod Proc 98 327 (2016). Junior Moulton Medal Paper of the IChemE for 2016.

    Controlled Generation of Ultrathin-Shell Double Emulsions and Studies on Their Stability. ChemPhysChem 18(10) 1393-1399 (2017).

    Insights into the Interfacial Structure-Function of Poly(ethylene-glycol)-decorated Peptide-stabilised Nanoscale Emulsions. Soft Matter 13(43) 7953 (2017).

  • Professional Associations

    Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

    Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers

    Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia

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