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About Food Refrigeration & Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC)



Steve James is the Founder and Director of the Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC)Steve James is the Founder and Director of the Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC). Steve joined the Meat Research Institute (MRI) at Langford in September 1967. Over the past 42 years he has carried out research into all aspects of food refrigeration ranging from primary chilling through to domestic handling. He has also been active in thermal processing of food including cooking and surface decontamination studies.

Since 1972 he has been in the forefront of computer modelling of heating and cooling processes in food processing. He is author, or co-author, of over 400 publications, including the co-authorship of the book Meat Refrigeration. He routinely carries out industrial consultancies in all aspects of food processing, including expert witness work.

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Christian James Christian James is a Food Technology graduate and a Senior Research Fellow at the Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC).

Chris joined FRPERC in 1993 and has now been active in food process engineering research for over 16 years. He has carried out studies on rapid cooling, initial freezing points and super-cooling, the use of heat pipes and tempering among others.

He has also been very active in thermal processing of food including cooking and surface decontamination studies (particularly the application of steam and hot water interventions for treating meats and produce). He is author, or co-author, of over 150 publications, including the co-authorship of the book Meat Refrigeration. He carries out industrial consultancies in all aspects of food processing.

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Graham Purnell Dr Graham Purnell is a Mechanical Engineer by training, with over 20 years experience in Food Process Engineering R&D, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC).

He worked at the University of Bristol from 1987, as member of the Mechanical Engineering Robotics Group, the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Research Centre (AMARC), the MAFF Fellowship for advanced food studies, and subsequently FRPERC.

He has built extensive Food Process Engineering experience in both research and industrial consultancy. His activities and skills have covered all aspects of proposing, managing, performing technical work, and results dissemination. Graham’s technical interests lie in development of equipment and automation for handling and processing variable food products. He has also built up substantial experience of food cutting, decontamination, and hygienic primary meat production issues, and been involved with many R&D projects as diverse as robotic butchery, waste sludge processing, automated systems for hand washing, confectionery slicing, vegetable decontamination and alcoholic beverage cooling. He has written over 60 research papers, numerous project reports, and is inventor on 4 patent applications.

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