Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 139

Faculty highlights
HIGHLIGHTS from June 2015 to June 2016
New leadership appointments
Prof Alison Lewis was appointed as dean from
1 June 2015.
Prof Dee Bradshaw was appointed the Minerals
Beneficiation DST/NRF SARChI chair.
Prof Patricia Kooyman is the new DST/NRF SARChI chair
in Nano Materials for Catalysis.
New initiatives
Future Water Institute.
UCT-Nedbank Real Estate Research Unit.
Research groupings highlights
A team from the Industrial Computational Fluid Dynamics
Research Group in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering has broken the longstanding Class A Water
Rocket World Altitude Record, by a massive 33%.
Prof Sue Harrison from the Department of Chemical
Engineering, director of the Centre for Bioprocess
Engineering Research, holds the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in
Bioprocess Engineering and is a finalist in two categories
for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards.
Dr Manya Mooya’s book Real Estate Valuation Theory:
A critical appraisal was published, only the second book
to be published in the Department of Construction
Economics and Management. It was published by
Springer, an esteemed publisher in the scientific world.
Moses Kiliswa received the KEYS award for the best
paper presentation at the Advances in Cement and
Concrete Technology in Africa 2016 International
Conference, which took place in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Master’s students
Master’s graduates
Moses is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Assoc
Prof Hans Beushausen of the Concrete Materials and
Structural Integrity Research Unit in the Department of
Civil Engineering.
Four EBE staff were finalists in the NSTF Awards:
• Prof Harald Winkler, Department of Mechanical
Engineering: NSTF-GreenMatter Award.
• Lumkani Fire Detection Team, UCT: research leading to
• Prof Ed Boje from the Department of Electrical
Engineering: research leading to innovation.
• Dr Melinda Griffiths, Department of Chemical
Engineering: TW Kambule Awards: emerging
Adele Boadzo, a 2015 electrical engineering master’s
graduate, has been selected as a 2016 Mandela
Washington Fellow. She completed her BSc in electrical
engineering in 2010 and her MSc in 2015, under the
supervision of Dr Sunetra Chowdhury.
South Africa is a step closer to realising the full potential
of its enormous platinum reserves with the launch of
a spin-off company, HyPlat, able to manufacture highquality components for the international hydrogen fuel
cell industry. Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising source
of clean energy that can be used to provide off-the-grid
power to rural schools, hospitals or to provide back-up
power for telecommunication and data centres. A key
component is platinum, which the country generally
exports only as a raw material.
All this is set to change with the commercialisation of
technology developed in the Department of Chemical
Engineering and Mintek in Randburg under the umbrella
of HySA Catalysis.
HySA Catalysis was set up as one of three centres
of competence by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA),
a flagship project of the Department of Science and
Technology (DST) to add value to the estimated
upwards of 80% of world reserves in platinum group
metals that South Africa holds.
HySA has set itself an ambitious target of becoming a
major player in sales of fuel cell materials and components
by 2020, while an academic goal is to develop a
knowledge pool of highly skilled South African scientists
and engineers equipped to work in this sector.
PhD students
PhD graduates
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HySA Catalysis

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