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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Chemmat Techs nominated for Health & Safety award

Earlier this year Chemmat lent a hand to the Civil & Environmental Department to help clean up a significant chemical spill incident in their laboratory. Although this was a team response, it met the threshold to be nominated for an award in the Health, Safety & Wellbeing category at the May 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards….

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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 Bioprocess Plants   Dr. Seyed Soheil Mansouri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of…

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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 occurred on 21st March 2019. However, given the unfortunate events of…

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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 Domain’s Winter Garden Pavilion and was designed to keep staff members focused on…

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International Symposium of Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Devices

The 2nd International Symposium of Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Devices (MMPD2019) was held in the Science Building at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from 15–17 February. The conference was organized by the University of Auckland, and co-organized by several universities including Tsinghua University, Southwest Jiao Tong University, Changzhou Institute of Technology, and Jiangsu University…

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