Chemical and process engineering

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UC's chemical and process engineering researchers are involved in cutting-edge industries including pharmaceuticals, environmental management, energy production and management, waste processing, alternative fuel production, and nanotechnology. Current research includes novel emission control processes and control of dairy processes.

The Biomolecular Interactions Centre (BIC), founded at UC, is dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological functioning. BIC includes researchers from the Colleges of Science and Engineering and has a growing network of collaborators in New Zealand and internationally.

Research strengths

Areas of current research in biochemical processes include:

  • Biofiltration
  • Biomolecular interactions
  • Microbial dynamics and control

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Peter Gostomski

Head of Department
Link Rm 406
Internal Phone: 93805

Conan Fee

Head of School
Professor
Len Lye 204
Internal Phone: 94078

Gabriel Visnovsky

Civil Mechanical E544
Internal Phone: 94084

Areas of current research in energy and fuel production include:

  • Methanol production
  • Energy and water minimisation
  • Hydrogen production
  • Gasification and Pyrolysis
  • Fuel cells and water electrolysis

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Peter Gostomski

Head of Department
Link Rm 406
Internal Phone: 93805

Ken Morison

Associate Professor
Director of Intermediate and First Professional Year Studies
Link Rm 408
Internal Phone: 93818

Aaron Marshall

Associate Professor
Link Rm 411
Internal Phone: 94093

Shusheng Pang

Professor
LINK 313
Internal Phone: 94094

Areas of current research in catalysis include:

  • Electrocatalysis
  • Heterogenous catalysis

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Aaron Marshall

Associate Professor
Link Rm 411
Internal Phone: 94093

Alex Yip

Senior Lecturer
Director of Third Professional Year Studies
Link Rm 403
Internal Phone: 94086

Areas of current research in food process engineering include:

  • Membrane ultrafiltration
  • Dairy process and Evaporator design
  • Physical properties measurement

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Ken Morison

Associate Professor
Director of Intermediate and First Professional Year Studies
Link Rm 408
Internal Phone: 93818

Areas of current research in resources and environmental processes include:

  • Novel emission control processes
  • Sustainability 
  • Water treatment
  • Odour control

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Peter Gostomski

Head of Department
Link Rm 406
Internal Phone: 93805

Aaron Marshall

Associate Professor
Link Rm 411
Internal Phone: 94093

Alex Yip

Senior Lecturer
Director of Third Professional Year Studies
Link Rm 403
Internal Phone: 94086

Areas of current research in separation processes include:

  • Membrane ultrafiltration
  • Reactive distillation

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Ken Morison

Associate Professor
Director of Intermediate and First Professional Year Studies
Link Rm 408
Internal Phone: 93818

Areas of current research in simulation, control and computer modelling include:

  • Computer aided process design
  • Expert systems and neural networks
  • Optimisation of methanol synthesis
  • Control of dairy processes
  • Process simulation of engineered wood products

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Ken Morison

Associate Professor
Director of Intermediate and First Professional Year Studies
Link Rm 408
Internal Phone: 93818