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(Including The Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER), the Centre for Catalysis Research, c*change – DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis, HySA/catalysis – National Hydrogen Catalysis Competence Centre, the Centre for Minerals Research, the Centre for Research in Engineering Education and the Crystallization and Precipitation Research Unit)

Head of Department: Professor JCQ Fletcher 

Departmental Profile

The Department of Chemical Engineering has a proud national and international reputation both for the quality of its graduates at the BSc and postgraduate levels and for its research programs, thriving on the dynamic created by a synergy between research, industry and education. The undergraduate program enjoys accreditation with the Engineering Council of South Africa. The postgraduate program forms the largest academic research activity in Chemical Engineering on the continent, and is focused on mineral processing, catalysis, bioprocess engineering, environmental and process systems analysis as well as precipitation and crystallization. One of the overarching research themes in the department is the UCT strategic research theme ‘Minerals to Metals’ engaging with most of the research groupings. Based on close contacts with the chemical, petrochemical, biotechnology and mining industries, the research programs in the Department, although fundamental in nature, have a strong industrial flavour. The Department of Chemical Engineering is host to two SARChI Research Chairs, the National DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis, (c*change) and the National Hydrogen Catalysis Competence Centre (HySA/catalysis).


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