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Joint Appita and IChemE Technical Meeting

Joint Appita and IChemE Technical Meeting
  • Date From 25th July 2024
  • Date To 25th July 2024
  • Price From $55.00.
  • Location Copthorne Hotel, Fenton Street, Rotorua.


The IChemE Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional group would like to invite members to the annual Appita and IChemE technical meeting. This includes the opportunity to enjoy a buffet dinner before the technical programme.


Charles Bourdonneau, Senior Associate, Process Safety Engineer, Wood Beca Ltd

Design Verification of Critical Controls in Process Plants.

Safely operating a process does not only rely on the identification of inherent hazards to the process and their, control but also on the assurance we have that those controls are performing the way they should. This is where the design verification is an important step for demonstrating the safety of your plant.

Jack Chen, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, AUT; Co-Founder of Spherelose

Spherelose – a Journey Towards Sustainable Cellulose-Based Surfactants.

Spherelose® is a cellulose-based surfactant platform currently being developed at Auckland University of Technology. Inspired by New Zealand’s sustainable forestry industry, Spherelose® can be made from the off-cuts of sustainably harvested timber. By combining the cellulose in wood pulp with plant-based oils, the surface-active properties of the resulting particles can be tuned to serve a range of surfactant applications. This technology is currently in the process of translating from lab scale to pilot scale, and this talk will detail the journey from academic research to a spin-out company and eventual commercialisation.

Rob Whitton, Leader, Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing, Scion

Seaweed-derived Nanocellulose: Unlocking Value from a Sustainable Resource.

Scion has developed a green process to produce nanocellulose hydrogel from seaweed. Partnering with Agrisea, Scion is currently designing a process plant that will produce hydrogel at scale at Agrisea’s facility, utilising seaweed that is a byproduct from Agrisea’s other production processes. Scion’s research aims to identify high-value applications for this sustainable material.

The material presented has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter’s own and do not necessarily represent those of
IChemE or the insert group name in full. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


18:00—21:00 NZST.


  • IChemeE member rate (including GST): $55.00
  • Non-member rate (including GST): $90.00

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