University of Auckland New Engineering Building

The University of Auckland new Engineering building opened for Semester One 2020.  It houses tailor made learning spaces to encourage collaboration and support learning.  Here are some photographs of the building and the facilities used by our academic and student members.

PhD abstract Sina Sheikholeslami

Long-term Field-Performance of Waterborne Coatings PhD Student: Sina Sheikholeslami, Supervisors: Wei Gao, David Williams   The long-term field performance of several environmental-friendly coating systems was evaluated via both conventional methods and a newly-developed test. We used the full waterborne non-hazardous Chrome-free materials which were developed by Fletcher Steel in NZ with Beckers Group in the … Continue Reading >

Phd abstract Xiaoyu Yue

Titanium Dioxide-Based Nanocomposites as Highly Efficient Electrocatalysts for Methanol Oxidation Reaction PhD Student: Xiaoyu Yue, Supervisors: Wei Gao and Filicia Wicaksana With the fast-increasing energy demands and rapid depletion of fossil fuel resources, direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), as an alternate clean energy source, are becoming one of the most promising replacements for fossil fuels. … Continue Reading >

2020 Final Year Student Prize Awards

Student Awards 2020 First prize: Hugh Barlow, Thomas Chong – 3D printing Articular Cartilage for Tissue Engineering Second prize: Liuyi Huang, Kelly Zhang – Synthesis and characterisation of rare earth doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles

2019 Final Year Student Prize Awards

Student awards 2019 1st Place: Amanda Naude: “Protein Rejecting Surfaces – An investigation into the surface functionalization of polystyrene films for antifouling purposes”. 2nd Place: Stephanie Laycock: “Topographies of Thermally Sprayed Surfaces for the Purpose of Marine Adhesion”.    

Richard Henry Cooper Memorial Award

CITATION FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE RICHARD HENRY COOPER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING IN NEW ZEALAND TO PROFESSOR WEI GAO 20TH SEPTEMBER 2013   Professor Wei Gao has had a very productive and distinguished career in the fields of metallurgy and materials engineering. He graduated BE (Metallic Materials) from … Continue Reading >

2018 Final Year Student Prize Awards

University of Auckland 1st Place Ellie McBurney “Photocatalysis using semiconductor polymers for wastewater treatment”   2nd Place Suet Ying Cheng “Catalytic wet oxidation of glucose over Cu-based heterogeneous catalysts supported on CeO2/Dy2O3/Tb4O7”  

2017 Final Year Student Prize Awards

University of Auckland: First Prize Marcelle Hecker – Anti-biofouling surfaces – protecting polystyrene against protein adsorption “My project was about finding a simple polymer coating to protect polystyrene from protein adsorption. Because non-specific protein adsorption interferes with the proper functioning of many devices which come into contact with proteins in biological fluids (like bio-sensors or implants), there … Continue Reading >

Obituary: Leslie Erasmus

OBITUARY Professor Leslie Andrew Erasmus BSc(Eng), MSc(Eng), PhD(Cape Town), FIM, CEng, MIMechE, FIPENZ 1933 – 2016 It is with great sadness we report the death of a colleague, Leslie Andrew Erasmus on the 3 November 2016, aged 82 years. Les was educated at Pretoria Technical College 1948-51, then served  as an apprentice fiter and turner … Continue Reading >

Massey University’s Centre of Additive Manufacturing

Established in 2016, Massey University’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing is New Zealand’s only dedicated research facility in the field. The Centre operates equipment spanning the range of industrial additive manufacturing techniques. For detailed information, please click the link following: Massey University Lab Description