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"Education is the Pathway to a Sustainable Future "


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

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Obtained a BSc(Hons) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, in Nigeria in 1978 and moved on to obtain an M.Sc (Advanced Chemical Engineering), D.I.C and PhD from the Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology, University of London, in 1979, 1980 and 1983 respectively. PhD Thesis 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, Deputy 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 in India . Presently supervising over Postgraduate students. Published a combined total of over 50 Journal articles, book chapters, 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.


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)

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