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“Going into chemical engineering in academia as a career was something I made a decision about at the end of year 12, because I loved chemistry and maths. My dad’s an engineer and a researcher, so I had a bit of an insight into what that kind of life would be like.” - Emma Lovell, PhD candidate, Particles and Catalysis Research Group (PartCat). Her PhD focused on designing catalysts to convert carbon dioxide to synthesis gas, and from there, to synthetic fuels. The process uses a technique called flame spray pyrolysis, which synthesises nanoparticles using temperatures of up to 3000 degrees. UNSW’s flame spray pyrolysis unit is one of only a handful in the world.
An interest in battery control systems led Yifeng Li to the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW. As a PhD student in the Process Control Research Group, Yifeng is developing a control system for Vanadium Redox-cell batteries, a technology that was created by UNSW Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos in the 1980s.
For student Fumi Ishikuza, undertaking a PhD in the UNSW School of Chemical Engineering’s Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) has given her a glimpse of a future research career. Her project, which is focused on the development of new encapsulation techniques for use in nanoscale cancer drug delivery systems, is part of a growing field of study into the use of nanotechnology for biomedical applications.
With his PhD now complete, Amos Branch says his research has potential application in drought-stricken areas around the world, where water recycling is critically important in supplementing dwindling water supplies.
When Susan Oliver graduated from UNSW Chemical Engineering after completing a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry she thought she had left for good, but many years later she has returned to complete her PhD. Her work involves developing new methods of using natural polymers to stabilise and deliver therapeutic molecules.
From a PhD in Chemical Engineering to Country Technical Head for Indonesia of 3M. When Dr Audist Subekti enrolled in a PhD program at UNSW in Chemical Engineering in 1999, she never realised that in her four years away from Indonesia she would attain two major accomplishments that would change her life forever. She would achieve a doctorate but also become a mother for the first time.
Professor Cordelia Selomulya completed her PhD at UNSW's School of Chemical Engineering in 2002 under the supervision of Scientia Professor Rose Amal. Since that time she has forged an impressive career, including an ARC Future Fellowship, a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, and the recently announced Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Future Dairy Manufacturing. She has also received numerous awards and accolades.
"With job offers already on the table, the decision to do a PhD was not an easy one. However, looking back, it was the best decision in my life. Doing a PhD provides me the freedom to tailor, test and direct my own research ideas, hence developing my problem solving, organisational and critical thinking skills. I also had the chance to attend local and international (Spain) conferences and workshops. I am currently on a five month exchange program in Germany and so far it has been exceptionally amazing (the people, the Bier (beer in German) and the Brätwurst!). These experiences have not only prepared me for the real world but also quite literally changed me as I am now even considering jobs overseas." - Robert Utama, PhD candidate, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD)
"The skills I learnt during my PhD have been crucial for success in my current job as a business and strategy consultant. My ability to take my clients' seemingly unsolvable problems, break them into smaller issues and develop workable solutions stem from the training I received from my supervisors during my PhD. The presentation skills I developed giving talks at scientific conferences has also allowed me to be comfortable when speaking in public, particularly when convincing a CEO to accept my recommendations." - Ian Goon, Senior Consultant at Boston Consulting