University of Canterbury student wins New Zealand chemical engineering competition

University of Canterbury student wins New Zealand chemical engineering competition

12th June 2019

Leatham Landon-Lane, a postgraduate student in chemical engineering at the University of Canterbury, has won the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2019 New Zealand Postgraduate Researcher of the Year prize.

The competition showcases outstanding chemical engineering research at universities in New Zealand.

Landon-Lane won the prize for his presentation, Improving Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries for Long Duration Energy Storage.

Presentations were also given by the other two finalists:

  • Nathan Lal, University of Waikato – Using Monte Carlo Techniques to Analyse Heat Exchanger Network Retrofits
  • Sebastian Linnenkuge, Massey University – Drying of Fruit Juices

Peter Slane, IChemE Director, Regions, said:

“Leatham Landon-Lane’s research showed ingenuity, creativity and a lateral way of thinking. He clearly knew his subject. 

“It was a close competition and a tough decision for the judges. This competition demonstrates just how advanced chemical engineering research has come. Every day, researchers across New Zealand and the world are continuing to push the boundaries to find positive, impactful solutions to challenges we face as a society.”

This was the third year of the competition, in which students from four New Zealand universities compete for a chance to win NZ$500. It was held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, prior to the IChemE AGM in New Zealand on 29 May.


New Zealand post graduate Researcher of the Year winner Leatham Landon-Lane from the University of Canterbury (right) presented with his award by Peter Slane, IChemE Director, Regions


For more information please contact:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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