Chemical Engineering and Mineral Processing

Chemical engineers design, develop and manage the processes that convert raw materials to useful products on a large scale. From oil to fuel and chemicals, from rock ore to metals, from biomass to fuels, from effluent to clean water – chemical engineers are working to enhance our quality of life in a sustainable way.

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What’s the latest news in the Department of Process Engineering

Researchers at Conference in China

Prof Cara Schwarz, Sonja Smith, and Jamie Cripwell

A team of the Separations Technology Research Group from the Process Engineering Department recently attended the 24th IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics in Guilin, China. The conference provided a gathering place for like-minded researchers to share their respective applications of thermodynamics.

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Find out more about our exciting research in Chemical Engineering

Process Engineering at IMPC 2016


The XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) was held in Québec City, Canada from 11 – 15 September 2016. Two papers from the Department of Process Engineering were presented at the congress by Prof Steven Bradshaw, Professor Christie Dorfling, Dr Edson Charikinya, and Dr Margreth Tadie presented a poster.

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Student life at the Department of Process Engineering

Jamie Cripwell unconfused by Confucious
Jamie Cripwell

Jamie Cripwell

Jamie Cripwell, a PhD student at Process Engineering, was named joint winner with Liesl Kotze, an Honours Mandarin student, of the South African Preliminary Competition to the 14th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students.

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