Chemical, bioprocess and environmental engineering

Processing industries are the backbone of New Zealand, and Massey provides research and training to ensure ongoing success.

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Bioprocess engineering and biotechnology

Massey University scientists have expertise in the use of microorganisms, cells and enzymes to produce products and services. We are actively researching genetic testing, display technologies and vaccine development. We use scientific fundamentals to design, engineer and scale-up the operation of bioprocesses. Examples are the production of biopharmaceuticals, biofuels, biopolymers and nanomaterials and the bioengineering of sustainable environmentally-friendly processes.

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Chemical engineering

The core of chemical engineering is the unit operation. A process is made of many unit operations, which together transform the feed material into bulk product. Our researchers have particular expertise in the unit operations of chemical reaction, phase change, separation technologies, thermal processing and particle technology. The applications are broad, stretching across all of the other processing sub-disciplines.

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Energy

Current research involves climate change mitigation opportunities in the transport, building, industry and agriculture sectors of New Zealand and other global regions, with particular emphasis on renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency measures in cities, towns and small communities, and for the agri-food supply chain including on-farm systems. Contact

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Environmental engineering

All engineers in New Zealand have an ethical duty to avoid, mitigate or remedy environmental impacts of human activities. We have expertise in environmental microbiology, biotechnology, process engineering design, modelling and scale-up.

We have extensive experience in wastewater systems, in removing pollutants from wastewater with a focus on algal-based wastewater treatment in ponds (e.g. wastewater stabilization ponds, and high rate algal ponds). We are investigating new methods for pathogen treatment and phosphate removal including algal phosphate uptake from effluent (RC3). This includes pathogen treatment as well as solutions for community wastewater upgrades.

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Food engineering

The value-chain of food engineering involves many sequential processes. At Massey University, we have expertise in all aspects, from refrigeration, sterilisation, liquid, semi-solid and solid processing, to formulation and packaging.

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Nanotechnology

Increasingly, chemical engineering research is looking to the micro- and nanoscales to provide insights. We are using tools such as atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy and synchrotron are being used to collect nanoscale information on a wide range of materials of interest in New Zealand.

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Wastewater management

We have expertise in removing pollutants from wastewater with a focus on algal-based wastewater treatment in ponds (e.g. wastewater stabilization ponds, and high rate algal ponds). We are investigating new methods for pathogen treatment and phosphate removal including algal phosphate uptake from effluent (RC3). This includes pathogen treatment as well as solutions for community wastewater upgrades.

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Centre for Energy Research

Members of the Centre work to enhance knowledge in the field of sustainable energy supply, utilisation, efficient management and policy advice. They do this through research and development of particular relevance to New Zealand and facilitate technology transfer by establishing an interface with industry. The Centre has excellent international links.

Centre for Energy Research

Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research

The Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research does research and consultancy to provide cost-effective solutions to industry problems. We work on a wide range of fruit, vegetable, cut flower, seafood and aquaculture products.

Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research

New Zealand Biochar Research Centre

The Centre is internationally-recognised, working to advance the understanding of biochar for mitigating global climate change. We also work to enable its use in New Zealand, particularly by the agricultural and forestry sectors.

New Zealand Biochar Research Centre

New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre

The Centre is a collaboration between Massey University, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research and SCION. It works to build capability in life cycle management (LCM) by providing education, training and research to LCM professionals to meet increasing consumer demand for green metrics on products.

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