The Chemmat Knit – Newsletter

April 2019

 

Dear Colleagues

It is not possible to begin this April 2019 edition without first acknowledging the tragic events that unfolded in Christchurch on 15th March 2019.

As we come to terms on our own, as a department I’d like to say how lucky we are that we enjoy the richness and diversity of cultures that represent our staff and student profile. The talent that comes together, from being an open community, allows us the means to excel in science and engineering for the good of humanity.

The department reaffirms its commitment to zero tolerance –  of bigotry, discrimination and prejudice.

 

Ashvin Thambyah

Associate Professor & Head of Department

Chemical & Materials Engineering

 

 

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Seminar on Virtual Bioprocess Plants

Seminar on Virtual Bioprocess Plants

Dr Mansouri being introduced by Prof Brent Young at the seminar.   On 7th March 2019, the department held a seminar where invited academic Dr Seyed Soheil Mansouri, from the Technical University of Denmark, gave a talk on his work Towards Development of Virtual...

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Postgraduate News

Postgraduate News

Post Graduate Lunch The department hosted our post-graduate students to a modest lunch. This was an opportunity for the diverse groups of PG students to mix and mingle, together with staff, and build collegiality.     Persian New Year Nowruz or Persian New Year...

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Chemmat’s ‘Research Impact Day’

Chemmat’s ‘Research Impact Day’

On the 26th of February 2019, the department held a workshop among academic staff members to generate and capture group discussions on (1) Traditional forms of research impact, and (2) Non-traditional forms of research impact. This whole-day workshop was held at the...

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TMS Conference

TMS Conference

Peng Cao attended the 148th TMS Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, USA, from March 10 – 14, 2019. He presented an invited talk in the “Solidification Processing of Light Metals and Alloys: An MPMD Symposium in Honor of David St John”. During the four-day conference,...

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Chemmat alumni sworn in as National MP

Chemmat alumni sworn in as National MP

Congratulations to 1990’s Chemmat alumni Agnes Loheni for having been sworn in as a National list MP. Click here to read Agnes’s Wikipedia page and here to read her parliamentary...

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Meet the researchers: A self-healing solution for battery tech

Meet the researchers: A self-healing solution for battery tech

Battery technology is a science hot-spot around the world. Multimillion-dollar research companies in the United States, China, Japan and Europe are racing to find the next big capacity boost to overtake the current front-runner – lithium-ion batteries. In New Zealand,...

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PacSurf – Waikoloa, Hawaii

PacSurf – Waikoloa, Hawaii

Chemmat’s Senior Lecturer, Dr Jenny Malmström was invited to speak in the biomaterial surfaces and interfaces session at the Pacific Rim Symposium of Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces. The conference was held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa,...

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Conference on Micro & Nanotechnology in Medicine

Conference on Micro & Nanotechnology in Medicine

The IEEE EMBS fourth biennial Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine was held in Kauai, Hawaii from 10-14 December 2018. Chemmat’s Head of Department, Assoc Prof Ashvin Thambyah attended the meeting at which the “biomedical grand challenges facing our...

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End-of-year Part IV presentations (2018)

End-of-year Part IV presentations (2018)

Chemmat students and staffEach year the department offers approximately 70 research projects to our Part IV students. Each student conducts his/her independent research under the supervision of a staff member. Some of the projects are part of large research...

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Dr Jenny Malmström features in top journal

Dr Jenny Malmström features in top journal

International journal Biointerphases has released a special issue highlighting women in Biointerface Science. Chemmat’s Senior Lecturer, Dr Jenny Malström features on the cover with other international researchers. The editorial showcases the careers of these women...

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Chemmat’s funding successes

Chemmat’s funding successes

Engineering research at the University of Auckland attracted more than $2M in funding from 2018’s Marsden Fund, a significant increase over 2017. Congratulations Assoc Prof Peng Cao, Dr Shanghai Wei and Prof Mark Taylor for their research grant wins: –         ...

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PhD student Andy Zhang wins best poster

PhD student Andy Zhang wins best poster

Congratulations Chemmat PhD student, Hongzhou (Andy) Zhang (supervised by Assoc Prof Peng Cao) for winning best poster prize at the 2018 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy. The conference was held in Beijing, China from 16-20 September, 2018. When asked about the...

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Prof Brent Young chairs discussion at the business school

Prof Brent Young chairs discussion at the business school

The Food and Health Programme and University of Auckland Business School’s Graduate School of Management co-hosted a visiting group of 25 MBA students from Stanford University, USA in December 2018. The visiting students were in New Zealand to understand how...

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FOMA

FOMA

The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) held its 31st annual conference in Gisborne, from 2-3 November, 2018. FOMA is an organisation that was established in 1987 and provides the voice of Māori businesses to government and other authorities. Each year FOMA gathers...

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The Part IV leavers’ dinner (2018)

The Part IV leavers’ dinner (2018)

On 25 October 2018, Part IV students and staff gathered at Old Government House to celebrate the culmination of four years of hard work and the end of their undergraduate degree. It was an extremely happy evening, kicked off with a hilariously true-to-form speech by...

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Alumni news & weblinks

Alumni news & weblinks

The above photo was taken in the Chemmat Year 1 Microscope Laboratory in 2009 of some of the participants during a tour of the School of Engineering for their 20-Year Reunion. The Class of 1989 (Final year 1988, about 30 of them) are planning a 30-Year Reunion in...

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Prof Naz Karim visits from Texas A&M University

Prof Naz Karim visits from Texas A&M University

On 7 January 2019, the department welcomed a visit by Dr Nazmul Karim, Professor and Head of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering Texas A&M University, and Holder of the Michael O’Connor Chair II. We were delighted that Prof Karim (Naz) found some...

Something’s been brewing at Chemmat!

Something’s been brewing at Chemmat!

During Semester II 2018, a group of Part IV students, spearheaded by Adam Cameron and Ellie McBurney, began brewing beers in the Park Ave food lab. The project was designed as a hands-on learning experience, to support theoretical process knowledge learnt during Part...

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