The 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE8) took place in Montréal, Canada from August 23 to 27, 2009.
The conference was the largest of its kind in the world. The session topics covered classical subjects such as 'Process Design', 'Separation Science', 'Particle Technology' or 'Chemical Engineering Education' as well as newer fields for chemical engineers especially in the biotechnology sector.
In general there was a strong emphasis on bio- and energy-related topics, which was reflected in numerous sessions such as 'Bioenergy and Green Engineering', 'Biomaterials', 'Bioproducts, Bioreactors and Bioprocesses', 'Biorefinery/Biomass Transformation', 'Biotechnology', 'Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Production' or 'Sustainability in Chemical Engineering'. Many plenary sessions also dealt with these subjects, and the conference offered a huge number of oral presentations with sometimes more than 30 parallel sessions.
Alasdair Campbell spoke in the 'Environment - Air Pollution' session and his paper was entitled Turbulent plumes with internal generation of buoyancy by chemical reaction. He is Hertha Ayrton Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering, Girton College and a member of the Fluids and Environment Group.
Christian Hornung gave a talk in the 'Micro Process Technology' session and it was entitled Residence time distributions of laminar flow in plastic multi-capillary microreactors. Christian is a member of the Polymer Fluids Group. Both talks were well attended and received. Former members of the department also attended, including Richard West, now at MIT.