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Imperial College ChemEng Newsletter

Winter 2017
  1.  Highlights
  2. Students
  3. Alumni
  4. Research news
  5. Awards and prizes 
  6. Around the Department
  7. Events 

1. Highlights

 100 DAYS   We interviewed Professor Nilay Shah, the new Head of Department, after his first hundred days in the position. Read the interview
 9 THEMES   We have restructured our research labs/domains into nine themes, making it easier to find information about the research activities in the Department. Check out the 9 new research themes

2. Students

 FRESHERS   We welcomed our new undergraduate students at the annual Freshers' Dinner. Check out the pictures
 GRADUATION  Congratulations to the Imperial Chemical Engineering Class of 2016 as they celebrated their graduation on Commemoration Day, 19th October! Read the story and check out the pictures
 CALIFORNIA  We spoke to Joseph El-Kadi, a third year Chemical Engineering student, about his exchange year experience at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more
 U23  Former undergraduate student (and now PhD student) Liem Bui-Le recently won the British U23 title in weightlifting - again! Watch the video of his lifting here

3. Alumni

 MEMORIES   We recently welcomed the ChemEng Class of 1963 back to Imperial for a two-day visit which included some talks, lab tours and a trip to White City. Read the story
 FLYING  Our alumnus Chris Woodroofe has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Gatwick Airport. Read more
 RECEPTION  For the second year in a row we are hosting a family alumni reception during Imperial Festival/Alumni Weekend on 6 May 2017. Further information coming soon on the website or register your interest at
Network with alumni and colleagues on the Department's LinkedIn group.

4. Research News

 FRONT COVERS   Recent publications from researchers in the Department have been featured on the front covers of a number of leading journals, including Macromolecular Bioscience, Energy & Environmental Science, Faraday Discussions and Soft Matter. 
 DATA   Researchers have developed a new, high-density technique for storing digital information with the potential to overhaul optical storage media. Read more
 IMPACT  The gPROMS modelling technology and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd., a spin-out company from the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, were featured as a high-impact case study at a recent IChemE Research Committee event held in the Houses of Parliament. gPROMS was one of the 10 selected case studies shown at the event, for its huge impact on industry and academia. Read more
 JIGGLING  Edward Smith, in collaboration with other researchers from the Department, has produced an excellent video on the molecular origins of well-known fluid phenomena, including the formation of droplets, the impact of introducing chemicals like soap and bubbles in boiling. Watch the video
 MANUFACTURING  Researchers from Imperial have partnered up with industrial and academic institutions from around the UK to launch a number of new research hubs which aim to improve the UK's manufacturing processes, funded by EPSRC. Read more
 WEBINAR  Watch the BP-ICAM webinar by Professor Andrew Livingston on the topic of membranes for separating molecules here

5. Awards & Appointments

 AQUABATTERY  Congratulations to PhD researcher Jiajun Cen and his team of entrepreneurs who have won the renowned Herman Wijffels innovation award for their Blue Battery invention. Read more
 FLOW  Congratulations to Professor Omar Matar who has received a prestigious appointment to the PETRONAS/RAEng Research Chair in Multiphase Fluid Dynamics. Read more
 LIGNIN   Congratulations to Dr Roberto Rinaldi who has been awarded a €2million European Research Council Consolidator Grant to support his research in lignin valorisation. Read more
 SUSTAINABILITY  Congratulations to Dr Miao Guo who has been awarded an EPSRC fellowship to work on engineering for sustainability and resilience. Read more
 SIMULATIONS  Congratulations to the team led by Professor Erich Muller which won the 9th Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge. Read more
 ANGLO-THAI  Congratulations to PhD student Panatpong Hutacharoen on being awarded the 2016 Anglo-Thai Education Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology. Read more
 30UNDER30   Congratulations to PhD student Florence Gschwend  on being featured in the 2017 Forbes List of 30 Under 30 in Europe for Science & Healthcare. Read more
 FRSC  Congratulations to Dr Roberto Rinaldi on being appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
 THESIS  Congratulations to PhD student Diana Iruretagoyena Ferrer whose PhD thesis was published in the prestigious Springer Theses. Read her thesis

6. Around the Department

 IN MEMORIAM  It is with regret that we announce the death of Shane Cadogan, a former PhD student in the Department. A fundraising page, in memory of Shane, has been set up to raise money for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. Following Shane's death in Germany the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust provided assistance bringing his body home to his family. Read more
 POLYMERS  Professor Dame Julia Higgins was recently interviewed by the BBC Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific. Hear about her life researching polymeric materials and improving the representation of women in top posts in science and medicine. Read more
 BEST  Congratulations to Dr Clemens Brechtelsbauer and the Discovery Labs team for being featured on the Imperial Educational Development Unit as a best practice case study. Read more
 AWARDS  The Awards Committee has now been running for a year and has been successfully helping to recognise the various achievements of our students and staff. Contact the Committee ( to alert us of any upcoming award deadlines, potential nominees or successes. Read more
 CHRISTMAS   Our annual Staff Christmas Party took place on 20 December. See the pictures on Facebook

7. Events

 LIFE CYCLE  The next lecture in our Distinguished Seminar Series: Rapid assessment of life cycle environmental and human health impacts of chemicals by Professor Sangwon Suh (University of California, Santa Barbara). 01 Feb 2017, 4pm. Find out more or view the full series programme
 ENERGY  Starting Tuesday 24 January Energy Futures Lab is hosting weekly seminars from energy researchers at Imperial and invited guests. Held at the Royal School of Mines at 13:00 every Tuesday during term time. Free to attend and open to all. Find out more
 IMPFEST  Save the date. Imperial Festival: 6-7 May 2017. A weekend dedicated to sharing the best science and arts on offer from Imperial. Find out more

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