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MSc Bursaries

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Five students from under-represented groups will receive a full fee waiver, a living allowance of £10,000 per year and childcare support to study MSc Chemical Process Engineering at UCL.

MSc Summer School, 10-11 June 2014

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This exciting free course for prospective Msc students offers the chance to learn from leading authorities in Energy and Process Engineering at the research powerhouse of UCL, in the heart of London.

The Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Lettieri

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Dr Lettieri has been awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship to work on “A life cycle approach for nuclear waste management and plant decommissioning”. The Fellowship starts on 22 September 2014 and it is for one year.

Congratulations to Professor Haroun Mahgerefteh awarded an Eminent Scholar Program grant.

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Funded by Texas A&M University in Qatar the objective of this program is to promote and facilitate collaboration between faculty from Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) and eminent, distinguished scholars from Texas A&M University (TAMU) and other institutions. These eminent scholars will come in short visits to TAMUQ to perform significant scholarly activities. Examples of the activities include but are not limited to:

Electrochemical Innovation Lab website goes live

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The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is a cross-faculty mechanism for accelerating impact, innovation, enterprise and research in electrochemical science and engineering. The scope of research in the EIL encompasses electrochemical science and engineering in the areas of:

Harry Michalakakis wins award at the National Student Challenge 2013

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Harry Michalakakis wins award at the National Student Challenge 2013

UCL chemical engineering undergraduate, Harry Michalakis, has scooped a major prize at the annual TARGETjobs National Student Challenge. There were over 4,000 entries from over a hundred universities and Harry did exceptionally well to make the Finals and win a prize from the partner company eBay.

Chemical Engineers climb pay table

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Chemical Engineers have overtaken medics as the second-best paid graduates in the UK.

According to a survey by The Times, the average salary for a professionally-employed graduate six months after finishing their course is £28,992. This is more than 30% higher than the average starting salary for graduate positions across the UK.

Professor Bruce Hanson joins Chemical Engineering as Honorary Professor to strengthen nuclear fuel cycle research and teaching

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Bruce Hanson (University of Leeds) has joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL as an Honorary Professor.

Catalysis Kinetic Monte Carlo Package "Zacros" Released by Dr Stamatakis's Group

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Predicting the performance of catalytic materials is a major challenge in the design of catalysts for bespoke applications. The kinetic Monte Carlo package "Zacros" just released by the Dr Michail Stamatakis's research group enables the accurate simulation of complex molecular mechanisms on catalytic surfaces. It can incorporate reaction rate and energetics data from ab initio calculations, making it a powerful first-principles framework for understanding catalytic phenomena. The software is available free-of-charge to academics from: http://www.e-lucid.com/i/software/material_modelling/Zacros.html

Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens at Bloomsbury Festival

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On Sunday 20 October, 12-12:45, Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens will talk about "Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering: A NICE Approach to Sustainability" on the South Eastern corner of Russell Square, as part of the Bloomsbury Festival, and discuss with our neighbours in Bloomsbury around UCL!

Chemical Engineering Cocktail Party 2013

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Chemical Engineering Cocktail Party 2013

This year’s chemical engineering cocktail party held for the second time by UCL’s Chemical Engineering Ramsay Society turned out to be quite literally an ice-breaking event. With a turnout of almost 350 people the night was the biggest one held so far by Ramsay Society and a huge success! With the majority of attendees from the chemical engineering department itself, this year’s cocktail party extended also to including the Biochemical Crooks Society, the Green Economy Society and even some people from different universities.

Dr Stamatakis recognized as a Top Reviewer of CACE

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Dr Michail Stamatakis was recently named as a Top Reviewer for Computers & Chemical Engineering (CACE) in 2012-2013. CACE, published by Elsevier on a monthly basis, is a major Chemical Engineering journal covering, among others, the areas of Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Simulation and Process Systems Engineering. Dr Stamatakis has been an author and reviewer for the journal since 2011; his most recent paper on CACE presents hybrid models of cell population heterogeneity and appeared earlier this year. The journal Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Rafiqul Gani, and Publisher, Dr Angela Welch, appreciated Dr Stamatakis’s role as a reviewer with the following citation: “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the quality of the journal”.

Engineers Without Borders’ successful trip to Kenya

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The EWB Kenya team worked with Haki Water Kenya to install a chlorination system in an under privileged school in Kayole-Soweto slum in Nairobi Kenya. The chlorination system is to treat ground water pumped from a borehole on the school compound with was hitherto high in total bacteria and faecal coliform levels (well above WHO and Kenya government standards). Students who drank the water therefore fell ill frequently and absenteeism due to water borne illnesses was a big problem in the school, with a poor effect on student performance. By project commissioning, the treated borehole water had nearly 100% less bacteria and conformed to international standards. The team also ensured that the chlorination system allowed for residual chlorine levels for treatment of any further contamination in the piping system before final extraction and use at the various water points in the school.

"Facet engineered Ag3PO4 for efficient water photooxidation” by J. Tang Group published in Energy & Environmental Science

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Facet engineered Ag3PO4 for efficient water photooxidation

David Martin, Naoto Umezawa, Xiaowei Chen, Jinhua Ye and Junwang Tang

£2.95M funding for UCL in Grid Scale Energy Storage

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The EPSRC has awarded £2.95million to UCL for the establishment of a new experimental and computational facility to study and develop new materials and devices for electrochemical energy storage.

Dr Paola Lettieri attends award ceremony for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace

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On 25th June 2013 Dr Paola Lettieri attended the awards ceremony for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, held at Buckingham Palace.  She was invited by the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of a selected panel of scientists, as a former Royal Academy Research Fellow.  Dr Lettieri was the first woman engineer to be awarded a RAEng Research Fellowship in 2000.

Dr Simon Kuhn awarded the EPSRC First Grant (£99k) on "Process Intensification Using an Advanced Flow Reactor"

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Together with the project partner Corning, this proposal aims to characterize interfacial transport processes and their physical driving mechanisms on the milli-scale in multiphase flow reactors (e.g. Corning AFR). This is accomplished by the experimental characterization of heat and mass transfer using non-invasive, laser-optical measurement techniques.

IChemE 2013 medal winners announced

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The IChemE 2013 medal winners for excellence in research, service and achievements were announced at the IChemE Annual General meeting held on 30 April 2013. We have received two medals in the department, details as follows:

“Controlling a Spillover Pathway with the Molecular Cork Effect” co-authored by Dr Stamatakis published by Nature Materials

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Hydrogenation processes are of paramount importance in the chemical industry with a vast range of applications in the food, petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Grant award success for Dr. Paola Lettieri (PI) for a project on "Carbon capture and storage for small scale gas fired combined heat and power schemes"

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Dr. Paola Lettieri (UCL PI), Dr. Dan Brett and Dr. Lazaros Papageorgiou have won a $240k grant from QNRF for a project on "Carbon capture and storage for small scale gas fired combined heat and power schemes" which is a joint collaboration with GORD (Gulf Organization for Research & Development) and Hoare Lea, a consultancy company from Bristol.

EPSRC grant success for Chemical Engineering Professor Asterios Gavriilidis and Dr. Simon Kuhn

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Congratulations to Professor Asterios Gavriilidis (PI) and Dr. Simon Kuhn, who have won a collaborative consortium £991k grant, resulting from an EPSRC Sandpit, titled “Sustainable Manufacturing in Multiphase Continuous Reactors: Aerobic Oxidations”.

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