Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
About this community
Includes research areas relevant to food, pharmaceuticals, water, energy and polymers (i.e. most aspects of our everyday life) and is centrally concerned with sustainable development and the related issues of safety, health and the environment
On 1 August 2008, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology merged to become the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
The Department of Chemical Engineering was founded in 1948. With the enormous advances in theory and practice since then, chemical engineering has developed from its initial base around the reaction and processing of liquids and gases to include the processing of biological materials and solid or solid-like materials of all kinds. Chemical engineering is thus relevant to food, pharmaceuticals, water, energy and polymers (i.e. most aspects of our everyday life) and is centrally concerned with sustainable development and the related issues of safety, health and the environment.
Key research areas:
- Processes: gasification and combustion, multi-scale reaction engineering, catalysis, bio-separations, gene therapy, carbon sequestration, adsorption-separations, granular flows, microreactor technology
- Microstructure Engineering: paste processing, rheology of complex fluids, pharmaceutical delivery, adsorbents, food engineering
- Measurement Techniques: sensors, X-ray diffraction, THz imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, laser analytics, reactive flow imaging, light scattering, fluid dynamic gauging
- Modelling: process optimisation: CFD, stochastic modelling, molecular modelling, analytical methods, lattice Boltzmann methods.
Sub-communities within this community
Conducts research on the flow behaviour of materials; collection includes a wide range of scientific images and video sequences
Collections in this community
Presentations and photographs from the the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Departmental Images for the Department of Chemical Engineering
(2018-05-04)The last 15 years have seen tremendous advances in using different metal catalysts to functionalize traditionally unreactive C–H bonds. Given the high potential of these seemingly ideal strategic bond forming reactions, ...
Energy of Liposome Patch Adhesion to the Pipet Glass Determined by Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy. (2016-11)The formation of the gigaseal in the patch clamp technique is dependent on the adhesion between the cell or liposome membrane and the glass pipet. The adhesion results in a capillary force causing creep of the patch membrane ...
(2018-07-20)Abnormal activation of brain microglial cells is widely implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. The disrupted balance of microglia phenotypes has been hypothesized to influence the clinical course of the disease ...
The extrusion processing of instant coffee for the purposes of creating a pressurised microstructure (2018-07-20)This thesis is concerned with the derivation, development, and validation of a model for the dynamic behaviour of gas bubbles in molten instant coffee, in response to changes in pressure and temperature. Initially, the ...