Revolutionising the food and dairy industry – IChemE Food and Drink Award Winner 2018

Monash University in Australia walked away with the award in the Food and Drink category at IChemE Global Awards 2018 for their project, Collaborative Food and Dairy Research.

Its process engineers have been working on a large-scale project at an international level, trying to find ways to revolutionise the dairy industry by looking into the process optimisation of spray-drying, especially for dairy powder. This research project has already enabled their commerical partners to process greater than 70% of Australia’s milk.

Cordelia Selomulya who has been leading on the collaborative research project shares how chemical engineering plays a key role in the optimisation of spray-drying and improving sustainability. Find out more in this video:

If you have an innovative project that is worthy of an IChemE Global Award 2019, then submit your work here:

Entries are open until 12 July 2019.

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Recognising student talent (Day 277)

MacNab Lacey Medal
MacNab Lacey Medal

I always like to hear about the achievements of chemical engineering students around the world.  IChemE has a long history of recognising such achievements and its a great way of  encouraging and nurturing future talent.

The Macnab Lacey Prize was created when the McNab Medal for the best student design project and the Lacey Prize for environmental thinking were merged in 2011. It is open to final-year students from all IChemE-accredited universities, rewarding the project that best contributes to a sustainable world.

I am pleased to report that a student team from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has won this year’s MacNab Lacey Prize. And they must be doing something right at Monash, because their undergraduates have grabbed the Prize two years running.

Monash University’s winning entry was a conceptual design that determines the feasibility of using black liquor (a lignin rich co-product of wood pulp produced in paper production) as a renewable feed-stock for ammonia production.

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Fruit flies, canaries, wine and chemical hazards (Day 165)

CanaryIt is less than 30 years since the canary was made ‘redundant’ in UK coal mines. For over 80 years, two canaries were employed by each coal pit to help detect carbon monoxide.

The science of smell and odours is of great importance to the chemical and process industries.

We have duties to ensure outdoor odours are measured, detected and abated and methods are becoming more sophisticated.

There has also been work to create artificial noses and mimic the human sense of smell.

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A golden age for sensors (Day 49)

Monash's new sensor has great potential for monitoring people's health anytime and anywhere.
Monash’s new sensor has great potential for monitoring people’s health anytime and anywhere.

Healthcare policy ebbs and flows on a regular basis, especially in countries where the state provides tax-payer funded services like here in the UK.

However, although medicines, equipment, communication and facilities have all generally improved over time, the basic management of healthcare services and the business models for delivering them often seem in a state of constant flux.

A good example is where healthcare is best provided – in homes, communities or large centralised hospitals. Generally, I think it is a combination of all of these, but there has been a trend over the past few decades to more community- and home-based services, especially for the elderly.

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