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Saturday, 28 February 2015

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IMPC 2014

IMPC Young Author Award winners

Several of our researchers made presentations at the 27th International Mineral Processing Congress, held from 20-24 October in Santiago, Chile.

Brian Linder, Neil Snyders and Edson Charikinya all presented papers on their work at this conference, which is held every 2 years. Edson Charikinya was one of 10 recipients of the International Mineral Processing Council’s Young Author Awards. His wife, Margreth Tadie, a PhD student at UCT also received the award. Congratulations to them both.


Find out more about our exciting research in Chemical Engineering

Beneficiation of essential oils in South Africa, using supercritical technology
Mr Tafi Madzimbamuto

Mr Tafi Madzimbamuto

The Cape region of southern Africa is endowed with a variety of plant diversity, unmatched on the planet, representing a unique resource of potentially useful compounds rarely found elsewhere. Many of these compounds are valuable in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutraceutical industries. The sub-continent is also rich in indigenous plants known to contain bioactive compounds and essential oils that have been used for thousands of years as herbal remedies. Some, like buchu, aloe, hoodia, and rooibos, have been domesticated and industries have flourished for their exploitation.

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Student life at the Department of Process Engineering

ChemEng Cup 2014

Sokker Foto

2014 saw the start of our postgrad soccer. Apart from good exercise, the Tuesday soccer sessions formed new friendships and strengthened old ones. The soccer cultured a team spirit amongst us which carried through to the inter-faculty activities.

We started off with a borrowed ball from Tope and borrowed cones from Vincent, Niel and the workshop. Prof Clarke then organised funding for our very own brand-new equipment. This transformed the soccer from an amateur afternoon ball-kick to a near professional event. 

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