Congratulations to Professor Sue Harrison and Professor Eric Van Steen, both from the Department of Chemical Engineering, who have been named as new UCT Fellows. The Council of the University established Fellowships for members of permanent academic staff in recognition of original distinguished academic work such as to merit special recognition. This brings the total to ten UCT Fellows in the Faculty.
"It is indeed an honour for the Faculty to have staff members recognised by the University for their high-quality research work.," said Professor Francis Petersen, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment.
Edward Peters, a Master's student in the Crystallization and Precipitation Unit in the Chemical Engineering Department, received a Research Associateship award presented by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Max Price, on 12 August 2014.
Extracting valuable minerals from ore becomes increasingly difficult as the quality of ore steadily declines. Enter QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy), a new acquisition by UCT's Centre for Minerals Research, that is able to identify valuable minerals in ore of such low quality that it was previously thought of as sub-economic.
South Africa is sitting on an environmental time bomb in the guise of acid mine water, contaminating precious ground and surface water in a country facing increasing aridification, says Professor Alison Lewis.