August message – Head of Department

The Chemmat Knit – Newsletter August 2019   Dear Colleagues This August issue reports on several items but importantly features a brief write up on the retirement event for Professor John Chen. John has been as much Chemmat as Chemmat has been John Chen. I am always amazed at how well known he is among…

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NZ scientists support the ‘call for climate crisis action’

  “The ‘call for climate crisis action’ is supported by me and many other NZ scientists,” says Chemmat’s Dr Jenny Malmstrom.   Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government is not opposed to declaring a national climate emergency. Read more here   Claxon Climate Crisis Action is hoping to publish a video featuring Sir David… Read More

Workshop on resource recovery from bio-based production processes

May 2019 – Dr Saeid Baroutian and Professor Brent Young together with the Technical University of Denmark Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Prof Krist Gernaey, Dr Seyed Soheil Mansouri and Dr Isuru Udugama) successfully held the 1st intercontinental workshop on Resource Recovery from Bio-based Production Processes in Copenhagen, Denmark. The workshop focused on process engineering tools;…

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Chemmat PhD Candidate wins award

Photo From Left: Chemmat’s Dr Saeid Baroutian, PhD Candidate Subhasree Bhasker, Des Mataga and Alan Routley from AUEA, Head of Chemmat, Associate Professor Ashvin Thambyah   About the Awardee: Subhasree Bhaskar is a Doctoral Candidate at Chemmat. Subhasree obtained her BTech in Pharmaceutical Engineering (West Bengal University of Technology, India, 2013) and MEng in Advanced…

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Velocity Innovation Challenge winner

Photo: Chemmat PhD Candidate, Misagh Ebrahimpour   Each year, the Velocity Innovation Challenge is held to encourage the University’s staff and students to share venture ideas to solve problems. The Faculty of Engineering is well represented in 2019’s list of 40 $1,000 prizewinners, with over 15 groups ranging from undergraduate students to academic staff across our…

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3D food printer at Chemmat

Food comes in all shapes, sizes and textures. And now you can print your own food. Chemmat has recently obtained a Foodini 3D Food Printer. The Foodini works on the principle of food paste extrusion and has the capability to print five different food materials within a single print. This allows composite food structures to…

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‘Food’ of action in Christchurch

  It was an exciting and delicious week in Christchurch. The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC) Annual Symposium and the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) Conference was held back-to-back in Christchurch between 1-4th July.  Chemmat’s Associate Professor Meng Wai Woo attended both conferences which had a very…

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Beer brewing at Chemmat

  From left: Hugh Barlow, Leeju Kim, Stephanie Laycock, Kayla Fairbairn, and Hank Lloyd Beer brewing has started up again at Chemmat! The photo above was taken at the first brew group meeting while Chemmat’s Senior Technicians, Ray Hoffman and Peter Martin were training the students on how to prepare their beer kit. There will…

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NZPA celebrates successful win

Photo From left: Brian McMath, Anthony Meyer, Shanghai Wei, Sudip Ray, Micheal Pervan, Jinjing Liu, Mark Jones, Mark Taylor, André van Haaren, Monique Bateman, Karnika De Silva, Harshpreet Singh   On 18 June NZ Product Accelerator celebrated the continuation of their funding and recognition by the government of its importance for technology development and application…

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Chemmat student attends the Student Energy Summit in London

  The following is a report from Claire West, who won a bursary to attend the Student Energy Summit (SES) at the Imperial College in London. The Student Energy Summit (SES) is a unique bi-annual conference that brings together students from all over the world to engage with a wide range of professionals connected to…

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