Front row (L to R): Syed Jafri, Pey Ling Ng, Qiang Li (INVISTA); Back row (L to R): Bart Hallmark, Cameron McCormack, Alan Wong, Andrea Premoli, Yangfan Zhou, Bob Neate (INVISTA)
The winners of this year's prize for the best undergraduate design project presentation were group I: Syed Jafri, Pey Ling Ng, Cameron McCormack, Alan Wong, Andrea Premoli and Yangfan Zhou.
The project concerned the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from pure terephthalic acid (PTA) and ethylene glycol (EG). PET is a common thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in fibers for clothing and containers for liquids and foods.
The Design Project is a major part of the coursework for Chemical Engineering students in their third year at Cambridge and this year, the project was supported by Invistane of the world’s leading companies in nylon, spandex, polyester and specialty materials.
In groups of 6, the students have just devoted five weeks to designing this plant. They handed in their reports on Thursday, 2 June 2016 and gave their 10 minute presentations on the process on Friday, 3 June 2016.
The 'Design Team' (lecturers setting the project and guiding the students through it) was made up of Drs Bart Hallmark, Laura Torrente, Carmine D'Agostino, Mark Williamson and Graham Christie.
The judges were the design team plus Drs Bob Neate and Qiang Li from Invista.
The winners received a cash prize of £300.