About CAPE - Chemical and Process Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

About Chemical and Process Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering is part of the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. It is situated on the Ilam campus which is about 5 km west of the centre of Christchurch.

The department has 10 academic staff and 11.5 support staff. There are about 50 undergraduate students in each of the three professional years and about 30 postgraduates students.


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technician with equipmentsFacilities in the Department

The Departmental facilities include very well equipped and fully staffed mechanical and electronics workshops. A full range of computing facilities are available. The Department has easy access in the Engineering Library to one of the best technical libraries in the Southern hemisphere.

In addition to extensively instrumented chemical engineering process equipment for distillation, evaporation, liquid-liquid and gas-liquid contacting, there are a number of special units in the Department. Special equipment includes a number of fully instrumented drying tunnels, a pilot scale spray dryer, supercritical extraction apparatus, a range of equipment for vapour-liquid equilibria, high precision PVT measurements on gases, and high precision microcalorimetry for heats of mixing of liquids. Potentiometric and potentiostatic apparatus is available for electrochemical and corrosion studies. Normal analytical facilities are available including G.L.C. and H.P.L.C., while X-ray, mass spectrophotometry and scanning electron microscope facilities are accessible in other laboratories on campus. Access a detailed list of research equipment and facilities.

A Special Purposes Laboratory is designed to enable dangerous, dusty and flammable experiments to be carried out safely.

Research in the Department

There is a wide range of research carried out within the Department. Access a list of general areas of staff and postgraduate students research. Information on individual staff research and publications is best viewed under the appropriate member of academic staff.

Departmental Safety Information

Contact the departmental safety officer:

Tim Moore
Phone: + 64 3 364 2422

  • Department of Chemical
    and Process Engineering

    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800 
    New Zealand
  • Phone: + 64 3 364 2543
    Fax: + 64 3 364 2063
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