Overview: Guests at chemical engineering's Annual Research Day included (from left) Peta Williams, Thabiso Mokoena, Foluke Daramola, Prof Sue Harrison and Billy Oborien.
Over 100 students and staff made their way to chemical engineering's Annual Research Day in April, for an overview of the department's activities. The event provides a valuable opportunity for students to hear about the value of postgraduate research and to see some of the many activities and projects on the go in the department.
"We are a research-lead university and we have some world-class research on the go," said the department's Dr Dee Bradshaw.
Guest speakers included Sandy Lambert from Anglo Platinum, a major sponsor of research at UCT, and Dr Peter Breitenbach from ACORN (a company involved in commercialising research) spoke on an industry perspective of research.
Their messages were augmented by UCT perspectives, mainly from EBE Dean Professor Cyril O' Connor, senior postgraduate student Giles Searby and HOD Professor Eric van Steen, who described some of the department's current research activities. Many of the laboratories were open for demonstrations of some of that talked of world-class research.