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Prof P. Musonge
Deputy Dean
Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment
Durban University of Technology
Steve Biko Rd, Durban, KZN, South Africa, 4000

email:, Skype:dempt100 Tel: +27(0)31-373-2762

...Process Simulation & Optimisation Group... Blackboard ...A bit of FUN... Turnitin


Canadian citizen, born on 31 January 1955, in Buea, Cameroon. After obtaining a BSc(Hons) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, in Nigeria in 1978, moved on to obtain an M.Sc , D.I.C and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College, University of London, in 1979, 1980 and 1983 respectively. 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, 24 years of 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. Currently, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Durban University of Technology, South Africa.


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).


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 at the Institute for Hydromechanics, University of Karlsruhe and the African Visiting Academic Fellowship at UCT.


Current interest is in the training of Postgraduate students in order to build capacity for the next Generation of Academics and Industry Leaders in developing countries. Research interests are in the areas of water treatment, renewable energy and engineering education. Current Grant Holder of a South African NRF Collaborative Post Graduate Supervision Grant of R2.685 million awarded in 2017. Collaborates with the Universities of Wits, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Vaal University of Technology, Cape Penisula University of Technology, the CSIR, The Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and Dharmsinh Desai University. Nadiad, Gujarat in India . Presently supervising over 15 Postgraduate students and 5 Bachelor of Technology students. Published a combined total of over 50 Journal articles, conference papers and technical reports.

Professional Activities

External Examiner to a number of Local and International Universities. Reviewer and Editor of a number of International Journals. Peer review of Rated Scientists, SA Research Chairs, Peer Review Panel member of the Academy of Science of South African for Accreditation of Journals in Engineering and the Built Environment and Approved Conference and Books Publication for funding.


  1. Effects of synthesis parameters on the properties of ZSM-5 and selectivity to gasoline range hydrocarbons during ethanol conversion. S. B. Jula - MEng

  2. Implementation and Evaluation of a Woven-fibre Microfiltration Gravity Filter (WFMF-GF) in South Africa S. Vallabh - DEng

  3. Prediction, modelling and optimization of biodiesel properties from the chemical composition of feedstocks. A. Etim - DEng

  4. The removal of heavy metals from industrial waste water using natural, synthetic and surfactant modified clays. S .P. Gumede - MEng

  5. COD Fractionation for process modelling and design considerationsT.Y.S Jwara - MEng

  6. Optimisation of biodiesel production from croton gratissimus oilP. C. Jiyane - MEng

  7. Energy Optimization in the production of Biodiesel from vegetable oils I. N. Sithole - MEng

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

  9. An evaluation of micro-scaled TiO2 on bacterial degradation and recovery in potable water. P. Dlamini - MEng – completed 2016

  10. Feasibility of using chitosan as a coagulant in the treatment of sugar refinery effluent. R. L. Pambi - MEng - completed 2015

  11. Optimum Conditions for the production of Sub-micron Cobalt Powder. H. Andricia - M Tech - completed 2015



  1. Photocatalytic disinfection of river water using four grades of micro-scaled TiO2, SAJChE, vol. 20,(3) 2015 pp. 41-56. Dlamini, C. and Musonge, P.

  2. The Efficiency of Chitosan as a Coagulant in the Treatment of the Effluents from the Sugar Industry, Journal of Polymer Materials: Vol. 32, No. 1 , 2015. Pambi, R. and Musonge, P

  3. Influence of Effluent Type on the Performance of Chitosan as a Coagulant. International Journal of Futuristic Trends in Engineering and Technology Vol. 2 (1), 2014 Pambi, R. and Musonge, P


  1. Application of response surface methodology (RSM) in the treatment of final effluent from the sugar industry using Chitosan. 13th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Water Pollution (WP 2016) , 27 - 29 June 2016 San Servolo, Venice, Italy. Pambi, R. and Musonge, P

  2. The performance of a packed bed membrane reactor for the production of biodiesel. 2nd International Conference on Composites, Biocomposites & Nanocomposites, Durban University of Technology, South Africa, 28-30 October 2015. Olagunju, O.A and Musonge, P.

  3. Removal of impurities from the resin-plant effluent using an organic coagulant. 2nd International Conference on Composites, Biocomposites & Nanocomposites, Durban University of Technology, South Africa, 28-30 October 2015. Pambi, R. and Musonge, P.

  4. The determination of porosity for pseudo-binary incompressible slurries. 3rd Afro-Asian International Conference of Science, Engineering and Technology. Vadodara, Gujarat, India, 27-28 March 2015. Musonge, P and Nemutamba L.A.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.
  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.


  1. WIT Transactions on Ecololgy and the Environment, Water Pollution XIII, Edited by C.A. Brebbia, WITPress, UK, Vol. 29. ISNB 978-1-87466-139-7: Title : Application of response surface methodology (RSM) in the treatment of final effluent fromthe sugar industry using Chitosan. Authors: Pambi, R. and Musonge, P


Research Area - Use of locally available bio-sorbents for the Removal of heavy metals in waste water.

Number of Bursaries - tenable at at DUT, MUT or WITS Masters = 8
DEng/PhD = 2


Bursaries can only be awarded to South African students and preference will be given to Female students.. 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/PhD must have an MSc/MEng in Chemical Engineering. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate competence in one or more of the following areas: Design of Experiments, Artificial Neural Network Modelling and Response Surface Methodology, GC-MS Technology, Computational methods for solving coupled partial differential equations (PhD/DEng)


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

  2. ANN Model developments for student performance in Engineering.

  3. Prediction of blade failure in standard stirred tank reactors.

  4. Implementation of the Virtual Design of Experiments (VDOE) technique.

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

  6. Competitive adsorption models of heavy metals pollutants from bi-solute systems.

  7. Adsorption Model for a multi-component organic/acid/heavy metals wastewater effluents.

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