The Department of Chemical Engineering boasts a thriving postgraduate research environment with approximately 130 registered postgraduate candidates, including researchers from across Africa and the globe. Our department is also proud of an active Postgraduate Student Council (PGSC), which leads and serves the postgraduate cohort with academic and social support, as well as community engagement. Meet them below!
I’m a faculty member since 2016 – self-proclaimed departmental dynamics aficionado. I have the dirtiest labcoat in the department, since I do not see the point in cleaning it. I also frequently match my scrunchies to my outfit, and on a good day, my socks match my scrunchie too.
As a compassionate individual, I derive pleasure from assisting others. My hobbies include indulging in music and practicing the art of crocheting. I enjoy reading African literature. I also laugh a lot; it makes life easier.
I am an introvert by nature who loves social outreach programs. I grew up in a farming community and am therefore an animal lover. I enjoy the winter; I think it makes you appreciate summer the same is applicable in life.
I like to spend my free time playing first-person shooter games, listening to hip-hop, or watching anime. I may display good comedic skills sometimes and I believe that ‘‘you should always do all that you can do and leave the rest to nature and God (s)’’.
Growing up in Khayelitsha has taught me to make the most of what I have. I mean, we would make cars out of bricks, milk cartons, bucket lids and many other things. Even today, I still subscribe to that viewpoint.
A passionate, God–fearing , mineral processing junkie with the eagerness to learn and engage with individuals from different backgrounds.
Alternative and soul R&B music lover. I play the alto saxophone and enjoy singing too. I have a special talent for falling asleep within a minute and 30 seconds, which is what got me through my engineering studies – quality naps!
Family, football, chemical engineering – in that order.
Utilization of waste cooking oil as potential feedstock for surfactant production
Supervisor(s) / Promotor(s)
Prof Neill Goosen & Dr Margreth Tadie
My research topic for Master’s concerns utilising waste cooking oil as a potential feedstock for the production of greener chemicals, with a specific focus on the production of surfactants. I am hardworking, diligent and a precisionist. I am always seeking opportunities to improve the skills I have gained thus far. I believe in creative engineering solutions, and I have a diverse interest in the engineering and science fields.
After obtaining my Master’s degree, I would like to start a career as an engineer in the oil and gas industry, waste valorisation industry or mining industry. For my future engineering career, I want to use my knowledge and experience in designing new ground-breaking systems which can help to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes in various industries, while also helping to create a greener planet.