Teaching and Development

  • Food Process Engineering
  • Advanced Food Science and Engineering
  • Food Science and Technology program adviser, course curriculum development and external examiner

Researcher biography

Prof. Bhandari is associated with the University of Queensland since 1993. He obtained his PhD from ENSIA (France) in Food Process Engineering in 1992. Professor Bhandari is Academy Fellow of The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST), Academy Fellow of Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (QAAS), Fellow of Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and Honorary Fellow of Nepal Food Scientists and Technologists Association (NEFOSTA).

Prof Bhandari has a major research focus on food materials science/engineering including microencapsulation of food ingredients, glass transition-related issues in food processing and product systems and 3D printing of food materials. Professor Bhandari's current research area also includes relating the nanostructure of the food system to its bulk properties. Presently he is also exploring the application of nanobubbles in food processing. His past and current researches involve dairy, meat, rice, honey, probiotics, oils, fat etc. Professor Bhandari's research is not commodity-focused only. His primary approach to research is applying fundamental science and engineering principles to developing a relationship between process, structure, property and performance of food materials systems. Professor Bhandari has extensively investigated various micro and nano-encapsulation processes such as spray drying, molecular encapsulation, co-crystallisation, precipitation and gel entrapment. Prof. Bhandari has developed a patented continuous method to produce microgel particles that can be used to encapsulate various functional ingredients and pharmaceutical drugs. The process has been commercialised to encapsulate probiotics. The probiotic enriched drinks (named Perkii) are available in the Australian market. The process has also been used by a major dairy company in Australia to encapsulate lactoferrin. Prof Bhandari has done a number of pioneering works on stickiness issues of food powders encountered during drying and handling. Recently Professor Bhandari has developed a patented technique to produce ethylene powder which can be used for fruit ripening and other plants physiological control. Professor Bhandari has also developed a stickiness testing device that enables the measurement of the stickiness and glass transition temperature of food material by just using texture measuring instruments.

International collaborations:

Professor Bhandari has developed strong national and international research collaborations. Professor Bhandari successfully completed a collaborative research project with Nong Lam University, in Vietnam on control of rice cracking in Mekong Delta. Professor Bhandari also completed a joint research project with the National University of Singapore on glass transition mechanisms in starch. In addition, Professor Bhandari has also been collaborating his research activities in USA, Ireland, Vietnam, India, China and France. Prof Bhandari was awarded the Australia-India Council Research grant by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia) to develop research collaboration with National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India. Professor Bhandari was also a Visiting Professor of UCSI University, Malaysia and UPM, Malaysia.


Professor Bhandari has been awarded several ARC-Discovery, ARC-Linkage over the years and ARC-Industrial Transformation Research Hub grant recently. He also won grants from Horticulture Australia, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, Cooperation for Agriculture and Research Development (CARD funded by AusAID) Program, National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council Limited (MINTRAC), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Commercialization Australia and UNIQUEST. He has received more than $10M grant over the years.


2023 Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association for Engineering and Food (IAEF)

2023 Minxin Award for Outstanding Contribution in Industrial Application and International Collaboration, International Conference on Food Processing and Preservation, Luoyang, China

2022 Envoy of People's Friendship of Wuxi, Wuxi Municipal People's Association, China

2022, 2021, 2020 Lead Researcher in Australia in Engineering category-Food Science and Technology discipline (listed by The Australian)

2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2015 Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% globally) in the field of Agricultural Science by Web of Science

2021 Jiangsu Province Award for International Cooperation in Food Science and Technology with Jiangnan University

2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Anand Agricultural University, India

2017 Outstanding Drying Research Award (Asia Pacific Drying Conference, 2017)

2015 Ho Chi Minh City Award for contributing to the promotion of friendship, collaborative relations with Nong Lam University, Vietnam

2015 Bruce Chandler Book Prize for 2015, for "Food Materials Science and Engineering". Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)

2013 Vice Chancellor's Commendation Award for internationalisation, The University of Queensland

2012 Excellence in Drying Award (AFSIA award for transfer fundamentals into practice) (International Drying Symposium 2012)

2011 Q-index Award- Top 25. The University of Queensland

2005-2010 Excellence in Research – School of Land, Crop, and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland

Academy Fellow – The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST)

Academy Fellow- Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (QAAS)

Fellow – Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)

Honorary Fellow – Nepal Food Scientists and Technologists Association (NEFOSTA)


Prof Bhandari has authored more than 500 papers including 9 co-edited books and 40 book chapters. His co-edited book "Food Materials Science and Engineering" was published in 2012 and another co-edited book on "Handbook of Food Powders: Processes and Properties" was published in 2013. Another co-edited book "Non-Equilibrium States and Glass Transitions in Foods: Processing Effects and Product-Specific Implications" was published in Nov 2016. The new co-edited book "Handbook of Drying of Vegetables and Vegetable Products" has been published in 2017. In 2018 "Fundamentals of 3D Food Printing and Application" was published.

His publications are cited more than 39,000 times (Google Scholar H-index 101).

Editorial responsibility:

Prof. Bhandari is an Editor-in-Chief of Future Foods and Editor of Journal of Food Engineering, reputed international journals in the food science and engineering field. Professor Bhandari has also been in the editorial board of the International Journal of Food Engineering, International Journal of Food Properties, Food Biophysics, Nature-Scientific Reports, Food Science and Human Wellness, Drying Technology and Sustainable Food Technology.