Dr Chris J Williamson
BE (Hons), PhD, MIChemE, CEng
Affiliate member of staff
After graduation, Chris Williamson spent eight years working in industry initially in process development and then as a chemical engineer in the petrochemical industry in New Zealand and Canada. He returned to university to study for a PhD on the development of a computer package for the synthesis of control systems for whole processes. After completing his doctorate he joined the academic staff in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at Canterbury. During his time on the staff he has lectured on thermodynamics, process control and process engineering design.
His research initially focused on applying advanced process control industrially, especially the application of artificial intelligence techniques such as expert systems and neural networks to improve control performance. In the last 10 years, as a member of the Wood Technology Research Centre at Canterbury, he has been involved in research projects from the wood processing industry as well as continuing his process control work. Since 2004 he has been part of the research team involved in the FRST funded biomass gasification research programme. In the first phase of the programme he supervised postgraduate projects on the feasibility of biomass gasification to supply combined heat and power in the wood processing industry. Since late 2008 the focus of his research has changed to concentrate on producing Fischer-Tropsch fuels from biomass.