Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering, situated within the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University. We take pride in doing cutting-edge research whilst delivering well rounded and highly skilled professional chemical engineers. Our team includes 20 full-time academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers, and 28 technical and support staff. Here you will find information about our research focus and academic programmes, as well as contact details of our staff.

Applications for our Bachelor’s Degree (BEng) in Chemical Engineering for the 2024 intake open 3 April and close 31 July. 

May your journey with our department, in whichever capacity, be positive and enriching. Please reach out to us and let us know how we can assist you.

A warm welcome from our
Prof Christie Dorfling

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In Pursuit of the Best

The Department of Chemical Engineering has excellent facilities for students studying chemical engineering. These videos give you a tour of our facilities, and showcases some of the research projects currently undertaken at the department. Students also share their student experiences studying chemical engineering at SU.

Study Chemical Engineering
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Experience Chemical Engineering
Our facilities, current research projects, and students’ experiences
Research Categories
Within the Department, our research foci can be grouped in to six main research areas:
Bioresource Engineering
Extractive Metallurgy
Separations Technology
Waste Valorisation
Water Technology
Machine Learning
News & Media
We stay active on our social media platforms, so follow us to see what’s new and happing in our field of study.

Konnichiwa, Japan! ChemEng researchers attend IFAC World Congress

Last term, researchers from the Department of Chemical…

ChemEng students cultivate growth in Kayamandi

The Department of Chemical Engineering's Postgraduate Student Council…

ChemEng postgrads judge at Regional Eskom Expo

Swapping lab coats for scorecards, four postgraduate candidates…

The Department of Chemical Engineering celebrates Women’s Month

It’s Women’s Month! To celebrate, the Department of…

Vamos! ChemEng researchers showcase work at PPEPPD conference in Spain

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Stellenbosch University…

What Chemical Engineers Do