UC commended in quality audit

24 March 2015 A four-year academic audit report has commended the UC on wide-ranging and effective contributions made by students to the university's planning, reviews and services. (read article)

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Influenza War

Influenza War

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

‘Engineering at UC is very well recognised in South East Asia and CAPE at UC has a very good reputation...’

Katethip (Kate) Varanyuwatana BE(Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering
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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.

Chemical and Process Engineering Postgraduate Scholarship - Application Deadline 3rd April 2015

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Posgraduate Scholarship Opportunities - December 2014

PhD Scholarship opportunity - Development of monolithic catalytic and adsorbent substrates
PhD scholarship to investigate monolithic catalytic supports for steam methane reforming. The project will supervised by Associate Professor Matthew Watson, in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
Research will involve a variety of techniques including:

  • Monolithic catalyst support fabrication through additive manufacturing (3D-printing)
  • Characterization of catalytic supports (pressure drop, surface area, physical properties)
  • Computational fluid dynamics modelling with experimental validation
  • Characterization steam methane reforming reaction kinetics

The ideal candidate will have a BE(Hons) in chemical engineering or a BSc(Hons) / MSc in materials science. Previous research experience in catalysis, fluid dynamics and reaction kinetics is desirable but not essential.

An annual stipend and tuition fees for 3 years is available

Contact person: Associate Professor Matthew Watson or Dr Aaron Marshall (Matthew Watson / Aaron Marshall)

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Two scholarships are available for PhD students, contact Daniel Holland


Scholarship for a Master Degree- October 2014

Investigation of Factors Affecting Tri-board Warping and Process Improvement


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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