Professor Anton Middelberg

Professor Anton Middelberg
 Position Executive Dean
 Org Unit Faculty of Engineering Computer & Math Sciences
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4700
 Location Floor/Room 1 35 ,  Ingkarni Wardli ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Anton Middelberg is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide. Prior to this he was 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 bio-manufacturing sectors.

    Professor Middelberg’s focus on research and its translation is clear from his earliest academic days. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and medals for Chemical Engineering and Engineering in 1989 from the University of Adelaide, conducting an honours project with a University spin-out company (Bresatec). On graduation, after working for Bresatec, he joined the University as a Lecturer and, in collaboration with Brian O’Neill and the CRC for Tissue Growth and Repair, established the first health-focused research group within Engineering at Adelaide. After a period as a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, he joined the University of Cambridge and taught as a tenured academic and Fellow of Selwyn College. He was also appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, focused on research and its commercialisation.

    In 2003 he returned to Australia as an ARC Federation Fellow and then as the Queensland Premier’s Fellow. During these Fellowships he researched, patented and ultimately licensed new technologies in the vaccine and bio-nanotechnology sectors.  

    The impact of Professor Middelberg’s research has been recognised by Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of IEAust. In 2006, he won the TechConnect Prize in Boston for new technology having the highest potential, in the category of Physical Sciences, for market impact.

  • 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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