03 April 2018

Western Cape Members Group and UCT Chemical Engineering Department Event

WC Presenter Feb 2018

Presentation by Dr Mike Hancock of the University of Chester

Venue: UCT Chemical Engineering Department

Dr Mike Hancock CEng., FIChemE is a visiting lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and thereafter joined Shell Petrochemicals and then the Fertilizers division. After many years he joined ICI Corporate Services before embarking on consultancy which now focusses on Industrial Energy Efficiency. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a member of the Register of Professional Energy Consultants and an IRCA registered auditor for ISO 50 001, Energy Management Standard.

He was on holiday, having sailed into Cape Town aboard the QE 2 . He had kindly agreed to visit UCT Chemical Engineering Department on the 1 February 2018 and also to hold a seminar to inform us of the new Department of Chemical Engineering established at the University of Chester (UK). Dr Mike Hancock opened his presentation with very interesting and vivid historical, geographical and economic description of Chester and its surrounds that lent good perspective and context to the ensuing topics. Chester being an ancient city founded in medieval time (1500) as a port city suited for trade and transportation: this importance it retained even during the industrial revolution.

The Chester University Department of Chemical Engineering, Thornton Campus is on the Shell (Petroleum and Lubricants) Research laboratories site, which was donated to the university. The faculty enjoys state-of-the-art laboratories facilities and lecture theatres. Last year the first group of students graduated from the uniquely structured curriculum which provides a practical industrial experience component throughout the course and hence preparing students for the real world of work. This is orchestrated through the good liaison and co-operation of the department and the numerous surrounding industries which accommodate the students. The programme and qualifications have been approved by IChemE and the department seeks to further enhance the programme through visits and exchange programmes with like institutions internationally to build strategic partnerships. Dr Hancock encouraged UCT and other chemical engineering departments to participate in this outreach programme.

The next part of his presentation was on his own invention and patented “OxyGen” process which uses electrolysis as an integral step. This process is an Integrated Generation Carbon Capture one which sequestrates carbon emissions from generating power plants. He also gave a comparative account of other such technologies, and gave predictions of consumption from other energy resources, like: renewables, different fossil fuels and nuclear and their various impacts including climate change implications.


WC UCT Dr Mike

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).