Welcome Message from the Head of Department - Chemical and Process Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand


Peter Gostomski
Head of Department

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Canterbury. I hope that you find the information you require and gain a good impression of our activities. We are very proud of our track record of excellence in both teaching and research and we regard ourselves as one of the premier Departments of Chemical and Process Engineering for our size in the entire region. In the last government research review (PBRF), our department received the highest research grade for academic departments at the University of Canterbury. This is a reflection of the strength of the staff, the size of their research programs and the quality of postgraduate thesis projects.

Our website highlights some of the most recent developments in our leading edge areas of research in bioprocessing, nanotechnology, environmental technology, dairy industry processes, wood technology, and thermophysical property measurement. Twenty years ago many of these activities and interests would have been seen as areas almost somewhat unconnected to the discipline of Chemical Engineering. Now biotechnology, bioprocessing and clean technologies are seen as centre-stage areas for the immediate future.

All our activities are underpinned by The Department's teaching and research facilities which are arguably the best in New Zealand. They comprise our state-of-the-art special purposes suites for flammable liquids processing, environmental research, powders, wood processing, and bioprocessing, and a wide range of modern analytical measurement equipment, computer suites and purpose built teaching experiments.

The department has an active ME and PhD program and we offer a wide variety of research projects, and postgraduate courses. A typical Masters project will take 1.5 years to complete and a PhD project will take 3.5 years to complete on average. Our postgraduate student population is very international, coming from a variety of countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The Department is privileged to host such a friendly and established community of international students.

If you would like information about admission, potential funding and general questions about postgraduate life, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Shusheng Pang. If you are interested in a particular research area, please feel to contact the academic working in that area.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Gostomski
Head of Department

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