Meet Our Postgraduates

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!

Meet our Postgraduate Student Council


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.

Veronica Louwrens

Chairperson & PG Symposium

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.

Moleboheng Ntsetselane


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.

Jade Amos


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)’’.

Richard Mampana

Socials & Social Impact

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. 

Lukhanyo Rode

Socials & Social Impact

A passionate, Godfearing , mineral processing junkie with the eagerness to learn and engage with individuals from different backgrounds.

Anthony Tapfuma

International Students & Safety Rep

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!

Thaakira Jabaar

Transformation & PG Symposium

Family, football, chemical engineering – in that order.

Matthew Noach

Monthly Bulletin Editor & Safety Rep

Meet our Postgraduate Candidates

George Mbella Teke


Bioresource Engineering

Research Topic

Design and investigation of a semi-partitioned bioreactor for extractive fermentation using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations and experimental study

Supervisor(s) / Promotor(s)

Prof Robbie Pott, Dr Godfrey Gakingo‬

Professional Summary

George Mbella Teke hails from Limbe, a small city located in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. He is a dynamic leader with a BSc (Eng) in Chemical Engineering (2015) from the Catholic University Institute of Buea, Cameroon. Upon graduation, he handled several positions of responsibility as research and production manager of Emerald Research Group, Quality Control Personnel at Source du Pays Cameroon and Secretary-General in several youth organizations. In 2018, he joined the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University for his MEng in Chemical Engineering, which was later (2020) upgraded to a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. His research interest includes designing and evaluating novel bioreactor systems towards the production of biomolecules (for instance, biofuels, fine chemicals, organic acids, biosurfactants, antibodies, or proteins). His current research mainly utilizes computational fluid dynamic simulations blended with experimental studies for a novel bioreactor configuration. A list of his published works can be found on his Google Scholar profile or Orcid.