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"Education is the Pathway to a Sustainable Future "

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Prof P. Musonge
PhD(Lond), DIC, MCSE, FSAIChE, MIAENG
Department of Chemical Engineering
Durban University of Technology
Steve Biko Rd, Durban, KZN, South Africa, 4000

email: paulm@dut.ac.za, Skype:dempt100 Tel: +27(0)31-373-2415


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Professor Paul Musonge, obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College, University of London, in 1983. His PhD was in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (development of turbulence models). With the exception of 10 years spent in the private sector and entrepreneurship, 21 years of his Post-Doctoral career has been in the development and teaching of a range of Chemical Engineering Programs from the Diploma to Post-graduate levels and research activities in the broad area of Process Optimization and Engineering Education.

Professor P. Musonge, of African-Canadian origin joined the Durban University of Technology in 2012, after an international academic career across a wide range of English and French institutions; Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), University of Ngaoundere (Cameroon), University of Karlsruhe (Germany), University of London (UK), Willis College of Technology (Canada), Cape Pennisula University of Technology (South Africa) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Professor P. Musonge, has been a recipient of a number of Prestigious Research Fellowships and Visiting Academic status including the British Council Research Fellowship, Royal Society of London Research Fellowship, Rolls Royce (UK) Senior Research Fellowship, DAAD - German Research Fellowship and the African Visiting Academic Fellowship at the UCT.

Professor Musonge's current Professional interest is in the Globalization of Postgraduate Education in Engineering in order to build capacity for the next Generation of Academics and Industry Leaders in developing countries. A process that is intended to offer internationally recognized qualifications through the creation of Instructional Centres and a Workplace research component.

Calls for Research Proposals - A competition for Top International Postgraduate Scholarships for African Students in Engineering and Science will soon be available on this website.


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Postgraduate
There are opportunities in the following areas:

  • Optimal use of edible vegetable oils (Biodiesel and By-products),
  • Application and development of Artificial Neural Network Models in the Biofuels & Process Industries.
  • Optimal Water Recovery Networks in the Mineral Processing Industry
  • Engineering Education (Student Centredness)

Applicants for the MTech 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 DTech must have a MSc/MTech in chemical engineering. Suitable applicants for Full-time studies will qualify for an NRF/DUT 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, GC-MS Technology.


CURRENT POSTGRADUATE PROJECTS

  1. Energy Optimisation: A Hybrid System Approach M Munsamy - DTech

  2. Optimum Conditions for the production of Sub-micron Cobalt Powder. H. Andricia - M Tech

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

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

  5. Optimum operating conditions for the production of biodiesel from used vegetable oils. O. Olusegun - MTech

RECENT OUTPUTS

  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. 2013, pp1003 - 1015, Reutte, Austria. Hareepersad A., Musonge P., Swahala F.M., and Oehlers M.


Resources
  1. Statistics Done Wrong
  2. Engineering Statistics
  3. Stats e-handbook 1
  4. Stats e-handbook 2
  5. Research Methods
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