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News from the School of Chemical Engineering

Alumni Dinner - Saturday 20 September 2014

Many thanks to all who attended our inaugural Chemical Engineering Alumni Dinner - we were thrilled with the evening and trust that you enjoyed the festivities also.



Collaboration with ECUST

A high level delegation from the East China University of Science and Technology visited the School of Chemical Engineering on 9th April. The visit included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between our two institutions with the primary purpose of extending our ongoing collaboration with ECUST in both research and teaching. The MOU was signed by Professor Kent Anderson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Adelaide and Professor Xianjin Yang, Chairman of University Council, ECUST.


CPCIA Award

Dr Jingxiu Bi, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering, is part of a small team who won this year's China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association Award for their work on developing an innovative vaccine purification process. We offer congratulations to Jingxiu and her partners in this outstanding achievement and demonstration of transfer of knowledge from the university setting into industry.

China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association (CPCIA) is a government organization administrating and to service to Chinese petroleum and chemical industry. CPCIA Technology Invention Award are granted to the Petro. and Chemical companies or research institutions who have the significant contribution in innovative technology development which can apply or potential apply in petroleum and chemical industry. In 2013, CPCIA awarded the project titled "Innovation Technology in Biomacromolecules Bioseparation and Stability" as the First Prize. The award presentation ceremony was held in The Great Hall of the People on 25th, Oct., 2013, Beijing. China
Prize Winner: Profs. Zhiguo Su, Guanghui Ma (from IPE), Dr Jingxiu Bi (from UofA), Ms Bei Fan, Mr Xiaowei Ma (from Hualan Biological Engineering Inc.,).


2013 Level IV Research Poster Event

Our Level IV Research Poster Event was held in the Ingkarni Wardli Atrium on 16 October 2013.  Research posters were presented by over 50 final-year chemical engineering and pharmaceutical engineering students. Posters were assessed on various criteria including Effectiveness, Layout, References & Citations, and Technical correctness.  Each poster was assessed by three assessors including academic staff, HDR students and industry representatives.

 

We thank our generous industry sponsors and congratulate the following students:

Student Award Industry Sponsor
Luke Wauchope Best Presentation with an Energy Theme Australian Insitute of Energy - SA Branch
Samuel Kleinig Best Presentation with a Minerals Processing Theme Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources (IMER)
Philip Curran Best Presentation with an Environmental Theme Arrium Mining / OneSteel Whyalla
Monica Kato Best Presentation with an Innovation or Materials Theme Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources & Energy (DMITRE)
Luke Wauchope Best Overall Presentation Santos Ltd


Best Student Paper

Mr Peijun Guo, PhD Candidate in the School of Chemical Engineering and the Centre for Energy Technology, has been awarded the 2013 Chris Fell Prize for the Best Student Paper presented at the annual Australasian Chemical Engineering conference (aka Chemeca 2013) in Brisbane.

The winning paper was titled: "Hybrid Solar Gasification of Biomass in a Dual Fluidized Bed Reactor for the Polygeneration of Liquid Fuels and Electricity" by Peijun Guo, Peter J Ashman, Philip J van Eyk and Graham J Nathan.

Peijun's scholarship is funded by the China Scholarship Council.


Joint venture in algae biofuels

(article by Alexandra Economou in Adelaide Advertiser - 18 January 2011)

Production of clean and "green" fuels from algae is the focus of a new joint venture between the University of Adelaide, SA-based company SQC and Murdoch University.  SQC, a technology development firm, has partnered with the universities to enable them to produce commercial quantities of biofuels from algae.  University of Adelaide senior lecturer at the school of chemical  engineering David Lewis and Murdoch University professor of marine phycology Michael Borowitzka are world leaders in the development of biofuels from micro-algae.   The work of Dr Lewis and Professor Borowitzka led to the establishment of a $3 3 million algae pilot plant in Karratha, Western Australia. "Our research team has proven that it is possible to grow large quantities of algae for commercial biofuel purposes," said Professor Borowitzka. "The establishment of Muradel is the next major step in Australia becoming a world leader in biofuel production."  Dr Lewis said SQC had contributed $1 million to the algal biofuels venture,despite the fact it was a "high-risk  investment"."They were willing to invest because we developed credible data that could be substantiated and supported," he said. "They studied the business (and) felt confident to link with us." Murdoch University specialised in commercial production of algae and algal products, while the UoA contributed engineering expertise in algal processing. SQC's mission was to develop commercial processing of micro-algae biomass into renewable hydrocarbon products.

 


 

First Student Chapter of ISPE in Australasia!

Congratulations to the newest ISPE Student Chapter, the Adelaide Student Chapter. The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers Inc., ISPE, is the world's largest not-for-profit association dedicated to educating and advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals and their industry. It provides an inviting and neutral environment for experts, technologists, regulators, consultants and students to exchange ideas and practical experience.

21 students attended the formation meeting where elected officers approved bylaws and began planning for an active semester of programs and events. The students are off to a great start, led by their elected officers as follows: President: Melissa El Khouri, Vice President: Charlene du Toit, Treasurer: Jessica Parletta, Secretary: Christina Kumar.

The students are ably guided by their ISPE industry advisor Leigh Willis, Quality Manager at Hospira Adelaide Pty. Ltd., and their faculty advisor, Dr Hu Zhang, a lecturer at Adelaide University.