Chemical Engineering


17 Apr 2019

Queensland PDP Student Shares His Experience

Kishan Patel AUS x 670

We have a number of our students undertaking Personal Development Project placements currently, as you will know if you have been reading our news pages.

This week, we feature Kishan Patel, MEng Chemical Engineering student:

Where is your PDP?

"Queensland, Australia

What Subject/field/area your PDP focuses on?

"Microplastics - “Preparation, characterisation and leaching of microplastics containing plasticisers”

How have you found the PDP?

"I have found my experience invaluable.

Having practical experience on a day-to-day basis in a chemical laboratory has been both interesting and rewarding in terms of getting familiar with standard engineering procedures. Also, being able to use state-of-the art machinery for analysis, like GPC, TGA, DSC has allowed me to understand these complex procedures in a simple manner.

Additionally, working alongside numerous departments and attending monthly meetings within the university has allowed me to understand the different areas which my research is benefiting.

What extra opportunities have you gained from doing the PDP?

"I have been working very closely with marine biologists within The University of Queensland who are using my research to conduct studies within the great barrier reef. I have also been working closely with colleagues at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where I have shipped over microplastics I’ve made so they can use these to obtain a better understanding into the ecotoxicology of marine life.

I have also been told, that my name will be included in the papers/journals published by the respective departments/university.

How this will help you in your future career?

"The knowledge I have gained throughout my PDP will allow me to apply principles in real life once graduating. This has been an unforgettable experience as working alongside an array of student/researchers has both challenged my capabilities as well as strengthening my core chemical engineering principles."

Our thanks go out to Kishan for sharing some of his experience with us - it sounds like an amazing opportunity!  If you are interested in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University - Follow This Link

Photo: Kishan at Brisbane Botanical Gardens