Chemmat Mixer 2019 – Shadows

Each year the department ‘facilitates’ a mixer, organised by the Year Three students, that brings both staff and students of the department for an evening of casual mixing. The aim of this annual event is to foster a sense of collegiality and camaraderie amongst all members of the department, and that means both staff and…

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Urbanaut Brewery Tour

By Thomas Chong, CHEMMAT student On the 10/5/2019, the groovy crew of CMESA visited the Urbanauts Brewery for a day of “educational” sampling and exposure to what a chemical and materials engineering degree can offer. After the overwhelmingly positive response from the same tour conducted last year, the CMESA committee brought back the Urbanauts Brewery…

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Ramadhan – Breaking Fast together with our Muslim Colleagues

The Chemmat PG students organised a potluck on 24th May 2019 to enjoy a meal in observation of the day’s breaking of fasting during the Ramadhan period. Both Muslim and non-Muslim staff and students brought a variety of dishes and shared the food amongst much merriment. From the pictures you will see the delightful array…

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Goals of Chemmat’s Teaching & Learning Committee

Chemmat’s Teaching and Learning Committee, chaired by A/P Peng Cao,  is working to achieve Chemmat’s strategic goals relating to teaching and learning. In order to reduce the number of red-flagged courses, the Committee is working closely with Chemmat’s Staff/Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) to ensure all issues in relation to teaching are addressed timely. The Committee…

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Autumn Graduation – 6 May 2019

The department enjoyed celebrating the success of our graduates, both undergrad and postgrad, as they marched onto stage at the Aotea Center to collect their hard-won certificates. All the best to all graduates!

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May 2019 – MPI publishes review on High Pressure Processes (HPP) applied as an alternative to thermal pasteurisation

In May this year, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) published a commissioned review of the scientific literature on high pressure processing (HPP) to address validation expectations for HPP as a control measure for the inactivation of food borne bacterial pathogens, and in particular the application of HPP to raw milk as an alternative to pasteurization….

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Students visit Methanex

On Thursday, 21 and Friday, 22 March a group of 56 students and three staff from the University of Auckland visited Methanex NZ Ltd to provide practical experience on a live plant.  This visit is organised every year by Robert Kirkpatrick and Harvey Weake who are both previous employees of Methanex and now lecture at…

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Chemmat Careers Evening

Every year, the department invites industry, to send some representatives over to speak to our department undergraduates. On 16th May we had our Careers Evening where we had the following set of speakers: “Driving sustainability through Food & Innovation at Fonterra” – Olaf Van Daalen – Fonterra “The revolutionary potential of Natural Refrigerants” – Adrian…

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