Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

Our events... MaDE2021 now scheduled: 15 - 16 November 2021 at Cordis Auckland

The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme welcomes your attendance and participation in our insightful events held throughout the year. A list of PAST EVENTS is also provided below.

Tech Tuesday Forum for Innovative Manufacturers

Cameron Weber

Alternative solvents as sustainable solutions

by Dr Cameron Weber - Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland


We’re kicking off Tech Tuesday this year by continuing with our theme of sustainability as a priority to our network, researchers, and Aotearoa New Zealand's future. Dr Cameron Weber, from the University of Auckland’s School of Chemical Sciences, will extend already lively discussions kickstarted by a number of our presenters last year: what else can we do to ensure a truly responsible manufacturing industry, at multiple levels?


Through his expertise in intermolecular interactions, Dr Weber will demonstrate how the smallest components matter in the grander scheme of manufacturing. His broad range of examples will cover how biological waste — from forests to shellfish — can result in the creation of high-value materials, or through solvents, can tackle the sometimes volatile, environmentally-hazardous manufacturing processes involving materials such as polyamides. Join us to find out how the small scale of solutions prepared in his lab – from ionic liquids, to deep eutectic solvents, and switchable solvents – can potentially affect our greening industries in a bigger way.

Date: 23 February 2021                                                                                                                          
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm
Topic: Alternative solvents as sustainable solutions
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Presenter: Dr Cameron Weber, Senior Lecturer within the University of Auckland's Department of Chemical Sciences (Faculty of Science)
About the presenter:

Dr Cameron Weber's research is broadly focused on the understanding and use of intermolecular interactions to achieve more sustainable chemical processes. Central to this is an understanding of solvents and solvent effects, particularly within new classes of solvents such as ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents. By understanding these effects we aim to develop new solvents that can perform existing processes more effectively by influencing reaction rates, solution equilibria or solubility; or design entirely new processes. Projects span a range of traditional areas within chemical science and feature collaborations with other research groups both within the School of Chemical Sciences as well as with national and international collaborators.

Examples of some of his areas of interest are:

  • Controlling Reactivity using Structured Solvents
  • Solvents for More Selective Separations and Extractions
  • New Approaches to Metal-Free Hydrogenation
  • Solvent Effects on Intermolecular Forces
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More about the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme

The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme can help you to develop successful new products and services and increase profitability through ideas generation, technology development and innovation implementation.

As a part of the IMM Programme, we host an exciting calendar of industry events throughout the year. These events offer innovative and novel insights into design, manufacturing efficiency, processing technology, and materials science.

By attending our events, you will become a part of an ongoing dialogue between industry experts, academics, and anyone with a stake in the future of New Zealand’s innovative manufacturing and design sector.


OUR NEXT EVENT will be our second Tech Tuesday Forum of 2021 for Innovative Manufacturers, on Tuesday 4 May


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