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"Education is the Pathway to a Sustainable Future "


Prof P. Musonge
Department of Chemical Engineering
Durban University of Technology
Steve Biko Rd, Durban, KZN, South Africa, 4000

email:, Skype: pmusonge Tel: +27(0)31-373-2415

Recent Announcements

  • Presentations
    Come with a hardcopy and softcopy of your presentation. Project ID = the name of your powerpoint file..

    - Morning Session 8.30 am - 11.00 am (Upload and submission of Presentations 8.00 pm - 8.25 pm)
    - Afternoon Session 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm (Upload and submission Presentations 1.30 pm - 1.55 pm)

  • April 25, 2014 - Deadline for submission of Literature Review Report (13.00 pm)
  • March 28, 2014 - Deadline for submission of 3-Page Proposal
  • March 15, 2014 - Lecture 3
  • March 7, 2014 - Deadline for submission of 1 Page Summary
  • Feb 21, 2014 - DUT Based Projects Allocation


There are opportunities in the following areas:

  • Optimal use of edible vegetable oils (Utilization, Recycling, Biodiesel and By-products),
  • Domestic and industrial waste water treatment (Photo-catalysis, Membranes, Coagulants).
  • Application and development of Artificial Neural Network Models in the Chemical & Process Industries.
  • Water loss minimization in the Process and Mineral Industries.
  • Filtration Fundamentals
  • Engineering Education

Applicants for the Masters degree must have a B.Sc(Hons)/BTech degree or equivalent in chemical engineering with a minimum of a second class upper division. Applicants for a PhD/DTech must have a Masters degree in chemical engineering. Suitable applicants for Full-time studies will qualify for an NRF Bursary. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate competence in any of the following areas: Design of Experiments, Artificial Neural Network Modelling and Response Surface Methodology.


  1. Optimum Conditions for the production of Sub-micron Cobalt Powder. H. Andricia

  2. An evaluation of micro-scaled TiO2 on bacterial degradation and recovery in potable water. P. Dlamini

  3. Feasibility of using chitosan as a coagulant in the treatment of sugar refinery effluent. R. L. Pambi

  4. Optimum operating conditions for the production of biodiesel from used vegetable oils. O. Olusegun


  1. The production of sub-micron cobalt powder in a two-step furnace. Institutional Research Day, Durban University of Technology, 27 Nov 2013. Hareepersad, A, Musonge, P, Swahala, F.M, Pillay, V.L, Oehlers M.
  2. Photocatalytic degradation of organics in river water by micro-scaled TiO2. Institutional Research Day, Durban University of Technology, 27 Nov 2013. Zwane, X.P., Dlamini, C.P. and Musonge, P.

  3. Quality Assurance and Capacity Building in Engineering Education. 9th World Congress of Chemical Engineering. August 19-22, 2013, COEX, Seoul, Korea. P. Musonge and D.M Fraser

  4. Single step, high volume production of sub-micron cobalt powder. 18th Plansee Seminar, Refractory metals Powders Production and Recycling. 3-7 June, 2013, Reutte, Austria. Hareepersad A., Musonge P., Swahala F.M., and Oehlers M.

Opportunities for Students
  1. Win A Bursary
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