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

email:, Skype:dempt100 Tel: +27(0)31-373-2415

...Biodiesel Group... ...A bit of FUN... ...SCIENTEC


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.


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 MEng 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 DEng must have a MSc/MEng 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.


  1. Modelling the effect of particle size distribution on the filtration of mineral slurries. MEng.

  2. Energy optimization in the production of biodiesel from vegetable oils. MEng.

  3. Development of an ANN model for the prediction of biodiesel properties. MEng.

  4. Prediction of optimum conditions for the production of biodiesel from different feedstocks. MEng.

  5. Prediction of blade failure in standard stirred tank reactors. MEng.

  6. Implementation of the Virtual Design of Experiments (VDOE) technique in the production of sub-micron cobalt particles.MEng.

  7. The photo-catalytic disinfection of river water in a tubular coated reactor. MEng.

  8. Competitive adsorption models of organic pollutants from bi-solute systems.MEng.

  9. Adsorption Model for a multi-component organic pollutants effluent. DEng.

    Project Details (2015)


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

  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


  1. Influence of effluent type on the performance of Chitosan as a coagulant. 2nd Afro-Asian International Conference of Science, Engineering and Technology. Vadodara, Gujarat, India, 11-12 October 2014. Pambi, R. and Musonge, P.

  2. Influence of effluent type on the performance of chitosan as a coagulant. International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics (ICCT)/SAIChE. 27 July-1 August 2014. Pambi, R. and Musonge, P.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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