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.
A simple approach to modelling of spatial and temporal variation of wastewater effluent components in South African rivers
Supervisor(s) / Promotor(s)
Prof André Burger, Dr Isobel Brink and Mr Chris Swartz
Jean-Jacques Robbertse is a masters student at the University of Stellenbosch. He completed his undergraduate B.Eng degree in Chemical Engineering in 2019 at the same university, and is currently busy with the second year of his M.Eng degree, also in Chemical Engineering. He has also been working as a part-time student intern at Chris Swart Water Utilisation Engineers since January 2019. His masters project focuses on the development of a hydrological modelling approach towards quantifying potential pollution effects, and more specifically of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs), within South African rivers. His professional interests lie in the water and environmental sector, and aims to contribute towards the future health of South Africa’s water resources.