UC researchers nominated for business innovation

16 May 2016 Two University of Canterbury academics are shortlist finalists in the 2016 KiwiNet Awards that showcase the clever science driving business innovation in New Zealand. (read article)

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Balaji Somasundaram with a presentation on his PhD Thesis - Influenza War - which won third place in the 'Your Thesis in 3 Minutes' competition.

‘The summer project is a major opportunity for an undergraduate student...’

David Zhang BE(Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering
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Latest News - April 2016

The new academic year is underway, and with it a cohort of 75 eager 1st Professional year students are entering the Department, and another approximately 840+ Intermediate students are joining the School of Engineering.

The Department is looking forward to a year of change with the our new building giving us back lost space. The new CAPE lab will give us the facilities to be at the forefront of process engineering education. We are lucky to have great relationships with alumni and industry that are improving the educational experience.

The Department has also celebrated the recent success of some of our academics who continue to innovate: Dr. Simone Dimartino, Prof. Conan Fee and Dr. Daniel Holland have received research funding in the 2015 Government funding rounds. Information about these interesting projects can be found in our newsletter. 
Read a copy of our March newsletter here

Chemical and Process Engineering PhD Scholarship

A PhD Scholarships is available to support a student towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CAPE), University of Canterbury. This scholarship is available for any research project, although it is expected that the research project will be developed in collaboration with an academic supervisor from CAPE. For the PhD projects on offer, please visit http://www.cape.canterbury.ac.nz/pg_projects.shtml.

Conditions of Eligibility

  1. Applicants wishing to apply for this scholarship would normally have one of the following:
  • A Bachelor’s degree (in Engineering, Technology or Science) with 1st or 2nd class honours
  • A Master’s degree (in Engineering, Technology or Science)
  1. For international students, applicants must also have met the UC English language requirements prior to applying for this scholarship.


The value of the scholarship shall be $25,000 per annum plus tuition fees for the thesis enrolment for a maximum period of 3 years.

Application process

Applications for this scholarship run in parallel to the UC doctoral scholarship,

Step 1. You must first submit a scholarship application for the UC doctoral scholarship: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?ScholarshipID=6935.127

Step 2. Complete the CAPE PhD application information spreadsheet and send this and your CV to: pgstudy@cape.canterbury.ac.nz by 15th of May 2016.

Selection and Criteria

The Department shall take into account:

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Quality of the institution and programme pertaining to the candidate’s qualifying degree
  3. Prior research experience (e.g. research publications)
  4. Support from the Department or University, including supervision and resources
  5. Additional strategic criteria as determined by the Department

The Department may invite some candidates for a short interview (either in person or via video conference). The selection process will be completed by 1st July 2016. The Department’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.


The Department may at any time suspend or terminate any scholarship payments if the Department is satisfied that the scholar is not diligently pursuing the agreed research programme or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the scholarship was awarded; the scholarship shall be terminated and no further payments shall be made if the scholar ceases to pursue the agreed programme.

Additional conditions

  • The PhD student will normally be required to work full time during the tenure of the award on their research programme but may undertake a limited amount of teaching or laboratory demonstration within the College of Engineering as determined on a case-by-case basis. Scholars may be absent for up to four weeks per year for activities not related to their study.
  • The scholar must comply with the regulations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury.
  • Award holders may hold other scholarships, awards or prizes as determined by the Department on a case-by-case basis.

CAPE Laboratory Development


The Chemical and Process Engineering Laboratory development is a major initiative aimed at revitalising the department's undergraduate laboratory facilities. These new facilities will help us enhance what is already a strong education programme.  Learn more about the project and how you can be involved here.



Award for Associate Professor Ken Morison

Congratulations to Prof. Ken Morison for being awarded an IChemE Council Medal for his dedicated work as editor-in-chief of the Food and Bioproducts Processing journal and his significant input into the journals' contract review. The Council Medal is awarded to an individual who has given exceptional service on an IChemE special project.

Postgraduate opportunity

Interactions of Carbohydrate Fermenting Microorganisms in the Gut of Abalone - postgraduate scholarship opportunity

A scholarship is available for a PhD student to be involved in a research project with a main objective of isolating, identifying, and characterizing carbohydrate fermenting microorganisms from New Zealand abalone. By isolating and learning more about these microbes we will possibly be able to understand the complex interactions they have with their host. Enquiries to Dr Gabriel Visnovsky

Seaweed experiment

A seaweed experiment in Dunedin may reach a sticky end. University of Canterbury chemical engineering lecturer Dr Simone Dimartino (31) said the idea for a commercial water-resistant glue came to him on an Otago Peninsula walk. Read the article in the Otago Daily Times >>

Producing Fuel from Air and Electricity

Marsden grant recipient, Dr Aaron Marshall is researching the possibility of producing fuel from air and electricity Read more >>

Award for Professor Roger Key

An award for Professor Roger Key at recent IDS 2012 and an excellent paper award for Lim (co-authors: Lim, Saw and Pang) at the recent bioenergy conference, both in China.

Caltex Teaching Award 

Proudly Supported by Caltex, the Caltex Teaching Award recognises outstanding achievements in the teaching of chemical engineers.

Associate Professor Ken Morison won the award at Chemeca 2012. Chemeca is the annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand community of chemical engineers and industrial chemists

New staff and visitors have recently joined the Department.

Recent ME & PhD Awards

New Equipment

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