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Assoc Prof Polly Burey

Assoc Prof Polly Burey
Name Polly Burey
Position Associate Professor (Food Science)
Section School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1937
Extension 1937
Qualifications BEng Auckland , GCertEd Qld , PhD Qld

Dr Polly Burey is a chemical and materials engineer/food scientist with expertise in developing fundamental understanding of the relationships between formulation, microstructure, processing and rheological behaviour of food materials, developed over a 19-year industry-linked academic research career. Polly leads the BSc Food Science major introduced in 2017, and the Food Waste Valorisation Research Program Team . The Food Science major spans 8 specialist units relevant to food science as well as 4 core general units focusing on mathematical analysis and communication. The rest of the major can encompass related electives that could be in wine science, plant agricultural science, health, engineering and business - Polly is happy to talk to you about your food science interests and what a food scientist actually does! For a bit of an idea of what Food Science is see Polly's current research interests lie in the development of useful products and energy offsets from food excess and processing by-products, specifically ingredients, nutritional products, and composite materials, including bioplastics. Through this research the Food Waste Valorisation team works with industries to analyse food supply systems, and determine economically and environmentally viable food byproduct transformation strategies and processes. The ethos of the team is that food 'loss' and 'waste' are untapped resources with many potential applications beyond landfill. As part of this research, Polly also belongs to the Functional Foods Group and the Centre for Future Materials within the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Chemical Engineering ( 090400 )
  • Food Sciences ( 090800 )
  • Rheology ( 090408 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 091200 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Non-Newtonian Fluid Flows (incl. Rheology) ( 401212 )
  • Food Sciences ( 300600 )
  • Fluid Mechanics And Thermal Engineering ( 401200 )

Research interests
Food Materials Science
Transformation of food waste into new materials and ingredients
Food microstructure
Food rheology

Professional memberships
QLD co-Chair and Member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology
Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering
Member of the Society of Rheology
Member of ISEKI

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science (Examiner)
BIO1810 Introduction to Food Science (Examiner)
CHE2810 Food Chemistry (Moderator)
CHE2820 Principles of Food Analysis (Moderator)
BIO2810 Nutrition and Health (Examiner)
BIO3810 Food Processing (Examiner - new in 2019)
BIO3820 Food Microbiology (Examiner - new in 2019)
BIO3811 Food Product Development (Examiner - new in 2019)
BIO3821 Food Quality Assurance (Examiner - new in 2019)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
13 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Food Science major
Associate Head (Outreach, Engagement and International)

Publications in ePrints

Burey, Paulomi ORCID: (2022) We Can HASS STEM. Campus Morning Mail.

Burey, Paulomi (Polly) ORCID: and Panchal, Sunil K. and Helwig, Andreas (2021) Sustainable food systems. In: Food Engineering Innovations Across the Food Supply Chain. Elsevier (Academic Press), Amsterdam, pp. 15-4. ISBN 9780128212929

Burey, Polly ORCID: and Panchal, Sunil and Helwig, Andreas (2021) Sustainable food systems: how to SEE sustainability into the future. Food Australia, 73 (2). pp. 30-31. ISSN 1032-5298

Burey, Polly ORCID: (2019) Educating Future Generations of Food Scientists. In: Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Annual Convention (AIFST 2019), 1-2 July, 2019, Sydney, Australia.

Burey, P. ORCID: and Woodhead, A. and Kille, T.ORCID: and Zhang, S.ORCID: and Miller, K. and Babagolzadeh, M. and Pfingst, Jason and Dunrobin, Kelvin and Gorringe, Max and Malone, Johnathon and Perkins, Ian (2019) Feasibility study for developing an Indigenous branded range of beef products and services (Producer Innovation Fast-track). Project Report. Meat and Livestock Australia , North Sydney, Australia. [Report]

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Rheology ( 090408 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 401600 )
  • Non-Newtonian Fluid Flows (incl. Rheology) ( 401212 )
  • Food Sciences ( 300600 )
  • Fluid Mechanics And Thermal Engineering ( 401200 )