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Jenni Case
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 09:00

Jenni Case is a professor, with a particular focus on academic development, in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She was recently announced as a winner of the CHE-HELTASA award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and has just launched a book entitled Researching student learning in higher education: A social realist approach.

New machine a boon to minerals research
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 17:15

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.

UCT Chemical Engineering hosted Western Cape Minquiz 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 17:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering was the proud host of the Western Cape provincial round of Minquiz 2014, South Africa’s premier annual national science competition for Grade 12 learners.

Professor Jenni Case launches book
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 16:30

Kevin Williams from the UCT Centre for Higher Education Development (left) and Delia Marshall from the Physics Department at UWC(right) supported Jenni and played a big role in the writing of her book.

'Unfathered' book launch
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 13:30

Dr Disa Mogashana, a PhD graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering has written a book titled 'Unfathered' which will be launched at UCT on 22 June. It is a gripping account of her life story, which she tells from a perspective of growing up without her father.

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Cyril O’Connor
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:45

“Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Cyril O’Connor’s who has been elected as a Foreign member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He is the first South African to be elected since the Academy was founded in 1964.


The recognition was “for his contributions to the sustainable recovery of minerals from complex ores and for the global advancement of mineral processing technology.” 

Congratulations Mpumelelo Mhlongo, who came 6th in the Paralympics Men’s Long Jump in a Season’s Best
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:30

Congratulations Mpumelelo Mhlongo, who came 6th in the Paralympics Men’s Long Jump in a Season’s Best.

Brewing UCT Claims Top Honours Again
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 10:45

The Brewing UCT team managed an unprecedented achievement at this year’s intervarsity competition, by winning 3 categories and retaining the overall crown of intervarsity champions!

They took the Winter Warmer category with our American stout; the cider category with an apple cider; and the Lager category with their Dunkel, which eventually went on to win the best beer of the tournament and overall prize.

This is the best the team has ever done, and possibly the best any team has done at the competition.

The team is looking forward to sharing the achievement and the beers with the department!

Professor Alison Lewis and Sibongiseni Gqebe
Distinguished Woman Scientist award for EBE Dean
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 09:45

Congratulations to the Dean, Professor Alison Lewis who was awarded the DST’s Distinguished Woman Scientist – Research and Innovation award at the 2016 WISA awards ceremony held in Johannesburg. The awards recognise and reward excellence by woman scientists and researchers. The theme for the 2016 WISA was Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development,which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.


New SARChI Chair
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 07:30

The Department announces the return of Dee Bradshaw to its staff. Dee Bradshaw has been appointed as the SARChI-chair in Minerals Beneficiation following the retirement of Em. Prof. J-P. Franzidis. Dee re-joins the department after a 7-year stint at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre of the University of Queensland (Australia). Dee is well-known to the department for her research interest in minerals processing with expertize in flotation chemistry and process mineralogy, and a strong interest in sustainable mineral beneficiation.  

Green Talents 2014 awarded in Berlin
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:00

Melissa Sikosana, an MSc student with Professor Harro Von Blottnitz in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was selected by a high-ranking jury of experts out of more than 800 applications from over 100 countries as one of the top 25 up-and-coming scientists. 


Best student paper at international conference
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 15:30

Rissa Niyobuhungiro, a PhD student in the Environment and Process Systems Unit in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received a Best Student Poster award at the 5th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation, which was held in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference theme was in line with Rissa’s research, which aims to find alternative clean and cheap fuels for poor vendors in information settlements.