The Chemmat Knit – Newsletter

June 2021

 

Welcome to the second quarterly newsletter of the year. Just this week we had our graduation ceremony at the Spark Arena in Auckland central. As we celebrate our fresh graduates, we also feature our current students’ successes in this newsletter and our alumni updates. The ‘student-graduate-alumni continuum’ in Chemmat has been strengthened over the more than 50 years of the department’s history, as it has more than merely survived the tumultuous years. Like every department in good universities everywhere, we do have challenges ahead, given the current pandemic and economic fallout, but we are up for it! The University is embarking on a new Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan 2025 (Taumata Teitei), and the department will be aligning its strategy for the future with the University vision. Our department is already aligned in many ways, as we focus on applying our teaching and research work to serve in the solving of large-scale global issues in food, water, energy, and health and well-being. Demonstrating these values are our truly excellent staff and students in the department. We feature our recent successes in achieving both national and international recognition for our excellence in this issue.

Ashvin Thambyah

Professor & Head of Department

Chemical & Materials Engineering

 

 

Class visits Fuji Film

Class visits Fuji Film

On 10 May 2021, CHEMMAT 758 (Waste Reduction and Recycling) class visited Fuji Film Innovation Centre. This site visit was organised as part of our new partnership with Fuji Film on our new Master of Engineering Studies – Sustainable Resource Recovery. The visit...

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In memory of Associate Professor Kevin Free

In memory of Associate Professor Kevin Free

Photo: A/P Kevin Free, 31/1/1932 – 23/5/2021   Kevin Free was an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering from 1986 until 2000 when he retired at the age of 68. After completing his undergraduate studies in Chemical...

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CHEMMAT alumni catch-ups

CHEMMAT alumni catch-ups

Photo: CHEMMAT alumni Dr Farzam Shahni   Dr Farzam Shahni completed comprehensive research in control and automation with a specialization in process monitoring. His research was an industrial project in the Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2) at the...

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AUEA Ardmore Fund undergraduate scholarship

AUEA Ardmore Fund undergraduate scholarship

The Ardmore Fund was established by students from the Auckland University School of Engineering at Ardmore, class of 1957-59   The awards are made to students who have excelled academically and who exemplify the camaraderie, school spirit and values...

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Winter graduation

Winter graduation

The 2021 Winter Graduation Ceremony was held at Spark Arena on Tuesday, 1 June. University administration, lecturers, students and their families attended the event. The department would like to congratulate all new graduates on their significant and well-deserved...

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CHEMMAT PhD Student Update: Completed Theses

CHEMMAT PhD Student Update: Completed Theses

PhD student: Yixuan (Jenifer) Wang, Supervisors: Wei Gao & Filicia Wicaksana Electrospun Silicon Oxycarbide (SiOC) Fibre Mats and Its Composites Abstract: This work presents the preparation of ultrafine SiOC fibre mats through the electrospinning/sol-gel method,...

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