CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND ALLIED PROCESSES RESEARCH CENTRE (CEAP-RC)

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CEAP-RC undertakes industrial research in process development; plant design, optimization and scale, industry processing aids, bioactives compounds and polymers, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, agrichemicals (bio pesticides, bio-fertilisers, feeds/emerging feed sources), biofuels, pharmaceuticals (extract actives) and phytochemistry.

Mission Statement

To develop processes and value added-products from basic chemicals, specialty chemicals and consumer chemicals, that are responsive to sustainable manufacturing and support transfer technologies to industry.

Areas of focus

The future research areas are projected to include nanotechnology, biomass conversion to polymers for use as speciality chemicals, computational fluid dynamics modelling, catalysis, cosmetic science, feed science, chemical toxicology and e-waste material recovery.

Key Infrastructure and Equipment

  1. Research laboratories

The CEAP research laboratories have specialized equipment for separation techniques (column chromatography, TLC), UV Visualizer and distillation. The laboratories also support formulation, product and process development, prototyping, testing, product validation), product evaluation (shelf life, stability), proof of concept and training.

  1. Incubation and Common Manufacturing Facilities

CEAPRC facilities promote Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance in production, market testing, product certification, and capacity development (skills, technological and financial). The facilities are also technology demonstration hubs for on-boarding investors and branding in one vertical pipeline and have the following assorted equipment; stainless-steel jacketed reaction vessels, soap plodder, oil press, distillation vessel, bench and industrial weighing scales, disc mill, ribbon mixer, pilot mixer and stainless steel settling vessels.

  1. Technology Transfer

The center undertakes tailor made training and capacity building programs in;

  • Cosmetic technology (skin creams, serums, cleansers, scrubs, oils and gels, hair care {sprays, conditioners, shampoo, treatment, conditioner, gels, curl products, oils, styling products, relaxers}, nail care, lip care, perfumery).
  • Soap technology (beauty bars, laundry bars, castile, shampoo bars)
  • Detergent technology (Personal hygiene {body/bath wash and gels, handwash,}, Carpet and upholstery, Household {general cleaning products, tiles & bathroom, floor, window}, Textiles (softening and bleach agents) and industrial cleaning products for dairy, packaging and metal industries.
  • Biofuel technologies (fuel gels, straight vegetable oils and biodiesel).
  • Extractive technologies for cross cutting sectors  - oil extraction via mechanical or solvent oil from extraction from seed/fruit/nuts for non-food applications}, essential oil extraction from gum resins and vegetative feedstock, crude nutra-pharmaceutical extracts from selected plant metabolites, and resinoid extractions
  • Disinfectant, bleaches and antiseptics technologies.
  • Animal feed ration formulation.

 

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