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Rheology award for Professor Mackley

Professor Malcolm Mackley, of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University, has been awarded the 2002 British Society of Rheology Annual award. The citation of the award was for his work on the rheology and processing of polymer molecules.

The photograph show Professor Mackley receiving the award from the President of the British Society of Rheology, Professor Geoff Maitland during a one day meeting of the BSR at Aberystwyth University in December 2002. At the meeting, Professor Maitland, of Schlumberger Cambridge Research, UK, gave an address entitled, From mud to worms ... the rheology of hydrocarbon recovery and Professor Mackley gave a presentation on Gas assisted micro capillary polymer extrusion.

The photo was taken by Professor Chris Petrie.

Professor Mackley is head of the Polymer Fluids Group and works on subjects connected with fluid mechanics, rheology, polymers and processing. 

Junior Moulton Medal 2002

Dr Adam Harvey Dr Adam Harvey has been awarded the Junior Moulton Medal for 2002 for his paper with Dr Paul Stonestreet, "A mixing based design methodology for continuous oscillatory flow reactors", published in Chemical Engineering Research and Design, January 2002. The Medal is awarded by the IChemE for the best paper published in the journal that is written by a member of the Institution who is 30 years or under at the time of submission of the paper.

The medal will be presented at the Institution's Annual General Meeting on Friday 9 May 2003 at UMIST, Manchester.

The medal is named after Lord Moulton who is associated with the development of chemical engineering during the 1914-18 war when he took charge of explosives supply.

Design project prizes 2002

On Thursday, 28 November 2002, representatives from Eli Lilly came to present the prizes for the 2002 Design Project. The project was undertaken by groups from Part IIA of the Chemical Engineering undergraduate course and the task for 2002 was to design a plant for Tylosin Tartrate bulk product manufacture.

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The prize for the Best Project was presented to the Avant group. From left to right, William Ind, Gillian Macey, Katy Gorman (Eli Lilly), Sam Sanders-Hewitt, Angela Tam, Iain Matthews and Dr Paul Johnson, Executive Director Manufacturing, from Eli Lilly. The sixth team member (not photographed) was Dyfrig Davies.

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The prize for Best Presentation was presented to the TYBEX group. From left to right, Katy Gorman (Eli Lilly), Nitin Nowjee, Jennifer Costigan, Karishma Mujaver, Alexandra Taylor, Mark Isherwood and Dr Paul Johnson (Eli Lilly).

A pass in the Design Project is an essential requirement for corporate membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and for obtaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, so the Design Project each year is a major part of the course. The students put a lot of hard work into it and this year we are grateful to Eli Lilly for their assistance throughout the project.

After the presentations, Dr Paul Johnson and his colleagues from Eli Lilly gave a presentation entitled "Making Medicines". There was then an opportunity for the students to discuss topics raised and career opportunities with Lilly personnel over refreshments.

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Cambridge student named Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year

Graham Brook has won the BOC Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student and he has also been named as the overall winner at the Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year Awards. He is the SET Student of the Year.

The 2002 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards Gala Dinner and Presentation Ceremony took place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall London, on the evening of Thursday, 19 September, 2002.

For the BOC Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student, two out of the three finalists were from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University. Graham Brook, the eventual winner, was shortlisted for his work on the "Monte Carlo Simulation of Ethane Hydrogenation". Vikram Rao was also shortlisted for his project on "Pollution Monitoring Flow Through Fibre-Optic Sensors".

Congratulations to both students, but especially to Graham for the marvellous achievement of being able to go home from the Awards ceremony with two prestigious trophies.

Earlier this year, Graham was also awarded the Salters' prize, given by The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry to the candidate they expect to hold a leading position in the UK chemical industry.

IChemE Particle Technology Subject Group awards

Two students from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University have received MEng Research Project Awards from the IChemE Particle Technology Subject Group. They are Basil Lam and T L Chai for their project entitled, "Flow of granular material in a rotating cylinder". This is a fourth year research project and they were supervised by Dr D. M. Scott and Prof J. F. Davidson.

IChemE Fluids Mixing Competition 2002

Miranda Chow has won the IChemE Fluid Mixing Competition held at the University of Bradford on the 10th and 11th July 2002. She will be giving her winning presentation, The effect of double diffusion on the dispersion of pollutants discharged into the ocean, at CHISA 2002, the 15th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, which will be held from 25th to 29th August 2002, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Miranda's work shows how small-scale instabilities may arise at the boundaries of a cloud of pollutant discharged into the ocean. She and her colleagues investigate the convection and mixing driven by such small-scale instabilities. The instabilities may take the form of fingers, as shown in the photograph of a laboratory experiment on the left. The red image on the right shows their theoretical prediction for the concentration field. The results show that such mixing processes can lead to unexpectedly large pollutant concentrations, locally. This may have serious implications for local flora and fauna. 

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Miranda is studying for a PhD at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University and her supervisor is Dr Silvana Cardoso. Last year, another of Dr Cardoso's students, Min Hsia Chen, won the IChemE Fluid Mixing Competition.

AspenTech Innovative Business Practice Award

Prof MackleyAt the recent IChemE Gala Dinner, held at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich on 11 June 2002, Professor Malcolm Mackley was awarded second prize in the AspenTech Innovative Business Practice Award. He and his team were joint runners up for the award for business innovation for their work on Oscillatory Flow Reactors. The team included Adam Harvey and Bob Skelton from the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, Dr Paul Stonestreet, who is now with GlaxoSmithKline and Dr Harji from Cambridge Reactor Design (CRD).

The photograph shows Professor Mackley, on the left, after receiving the trophy from Aspentech's Nick Thompson.

Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize

The Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize is awarded by the Department each year for the best PhD dissertation on a subject connected with Chemical Engineering. It is awarded in the Lent Term and the winner is chosen from those students who gained their PhDs in the preceding calendar year.

Karen Lee is the winner of the Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for 2001 for her dissertation "The comparison of experimental data with numerical simulation for the melt processing of polyethylene using a multi-pass rheometer". Her supervisor was Professor Malcolm Mackley. Karen is now conducting postdoctoral research with Professor Mort Denn at the Levich Institute, City College of CUNY, in New York.

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs competition

A group of fourth year students taking the Bioproduct design course have won the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs 1K competition.

They presented a business case for a system called GlucoTorch. This product was designed to allow diabetic sufferers to analyse their blood glucose levels non-invasively. Currently glucose tests require a small blood sample and this involves breaking the skin. The team's system would not require a blood sample and would measure blood glucose using a combination of skin moisture and infra-red.

The prize was awarded because they presented a realistic business case with an entrepreneurial edge. The prize was £1K. The six people in the group were: Andrew Backen, Dave Sivaprasad, Alexis Colombo, Richard Holden, Tim Shire and Richard Jarvis.

Sing-Yong Lim

IChemE Particle Technology Subject Group Young Researchers' Award in Particle Technology 2002

The competition was part of the Particle Technology UK Forum 4 held at the University of Leeds on 11 and 12 of April. The awards were made for presentations in the field of particle technology of relevance to the process industries.

The first prize was won by Sing-Yong Lim for his presentation Avalanching of Granular Material in a Horizontal Slowly Rotating Cylinder: PEPT Studies

Graham Brook has been awarded one of this year's Graduate prizes from The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry. By winning this prestigious award, he follows in the footsteps of many previous students from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University. Stuart Scott (see below) won a Salters' prize in 2001, Rachel Cooke in 2000, Hamish McPherson in 1999, David Steele in 1998, Lucy Carr in 1997 and Steve Wright in 1996. s.


Graham Brook awarded Salters' prize for 2002

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Graham Brook with his Part IIB research project poster. The project title was "Monte Carlo Simulation of Ethene Hydrogenation".

Each year, the Salters' Institute invites every UK department of Chemistry or Chemical Engineering to nominate one final year undergraduate. The selectors are looking for candidates who will ultimately be able to occupy leading positions in the UK Chemical Industry. Candidates are expected to show some knowledge of the industry's present problems and of the need for changing technology in the future.

The Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry aims to support chemistry teaching and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical industrie

This year's research project poster prizes went to Rob Harris and Neal Morgan for their poster entitled Numerical Modelling of Single- and Multi-Component Flows and Tim Inman and Rachel Elder for their poster on Crystallisation in Heat Packs

Congratulations to the winners!
March 2002

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