Two UC professors Women of Influence finalists

29 September 2015 Two University of Canterbury professors are among the finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2015. (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.

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Napameth (Meth) Phantawesak Studying towards a BE(Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering
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Chemical and Process Engineering PhD Scholarship

PhD Scholarships are 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 .

Conditions of Eligibility

  • 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)
  • For international students, applicants must also have met the UC English language requirements prior to applying for this scholarship.
  • The contact details of two referees who can be contacted directly by the Department.
  • The PhD students are expected to start by 1st of July 2016.

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 should be sent to by 30th of November 2015.

Each application shall include:

  • A copy of the candidate’s academic record.
  • A statement of the proposed research project (max 1 page).

Note that the proposed research project will often be still in development and so details included in the initial application may be tentative. Proposals should be developed in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

  • The support from the proposed supervisor (e.g. a copy of an email from the supervisor).

Selection and Criteria
The Department shall take into account:

  • Academic achievement.
  • Quality of the institution and programme pertaining to the candidate’s qualifying degree.
  • Prior research experience (e.g. research publications).
  • Support from the Department or University, including supervision and resources.
  • 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 21st of December 2015, and 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 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. In this case, the scholarship shall be terminated and no further payments shall be made.

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.

New PhD Funded Scholarship Opportunity - Bayesian analysis in NMR - September 2015

For more information on this project read more >>>>

New PhD Funded Scholarship Opportunity- August 2015

Human beings know and have been using fungi metabolites for centuries. In this exciting PhD thesis project you will have the opportunity to explore novel biotechnology methods combining fungal molecular microbiology and bioprocess engineering that will lead to a new way of developing and optimizing secondary metabolite production systems.

Read more about this opportunity 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

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