Academic Staff

Prof André Burger

Andre Burger, Process (Chemical) Engineering, Stellenbosch University

Professor
Head: Separation Technology

  • Email: ajburger@sun.ac.za
  • Phone: +27 21 808 4494
  • Fax: +27 21 808 2059
  • Room: C410
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1994
      • MEng (Extractive Metallurgical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1986
      • BEng (Chemical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1983
    • Professional experience
      • Departmental Chairman
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2005 to 2009 and Nov 2011 to Jun 2014
      • Professor (Separations Technology)
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2003 to present
      • Technical Director
        Weir Envig (acquired by Veolia Water in 2004)
        1998 to 2003
      • Engineering Manager
        Weir Envig
        1996 to 1998
      • Project Engineer
        Weir Envig
        1994 to 1996
      • Project Manager: Simulation
        De Beers Research Laboratories
        1992 to 1994
      • Senior Engineer: Mineral Processing
        Mintek
        1990 to 1992
      • Engineer: Mineral Processing
        Mintek
        1988 to 1989
      • Research scholar
        Mintek
        1984 to 1985
    • Professional societies
      • Registered Professional Engineer (Engineering Council of South Africa)
      • Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering
      • Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
      • South African Institute of Chemical Engineering
      • Water Institute of South Africa
      • International Water Association
    • Honours and awards
      • Stellenbosch University Rector’s Award for Community Interaction, 2009
      • Stellenbosch University Rector’s Award for General Performance, 2013
  • Research Interests

    • Separation technology (distillation hydraulics, extraction and membrane separation)
    • Desalination
    • Water and effluent treatment
  • Recent Publications

    • Kruger, F.J., Schwarz, C.E., du Preez, L.J., Burger, A.J. (2015) Monomer fraction data of dilute alcohol/acetone systems measured with transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 400, pp. 87-94.
    • Cripwell, J.T., Schwarz, C.E., Burger, A.J. (2015) Vapor-liquid equilibria measurements for the nine N -alkane/ketone pairs comprising 2-, 3-, and 4-heptanone with n -octane, n -nonane, and n –decane.  Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 60 (3), pp. 602-611.
    • Louw, J., Schwarz, C.E., Knoetze, J.H., Burger, A.J. (2015) Thermodynamic modelling of supercritical water gasification: Investigating the effect of biomass composition to aid in the selection of appropriate feedstock material. Bioresource Technology, 174, pp. 11-23.
    • De Villiers, A.J., Schwarz, C.E., Chobanov, K.G., Burger, A.J. (2014). Application of sPC-SAFT-JC and sPC-SAFT-GV to phase equilibria predictions of alkane/alcohol, alcohol/alcohol, and water/alcohol binary systems. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 (14), pp. 6065-6075.
    • Daramola, M.O., Deng, Z., Burger, A.J., Giroir-Fendler, A. (2013). Nanocomposite MFI-type zeolite membrane for separating xylene isomers. Xylenes: Synthesis, Characterization and Physicochemical Properties, pp. 71-95.
    • Daramola, M.O., Burger, A.J., Giroir-Fendler, A. (2013). Nanocomposite MFI-type zeolite catalytic membrane reactors for isomerization of m-xylene to p-Xylene. Xylenes: Synthesis, Characterization and Physicochemical Properties, pp. 97-116.
    • Pienaar, C., Schwarz, C.E., Knoetze, J.H., Burger, A.J. (2013). Vapor-liquid-liquid equilibria measurements for the dehydration of ethanol, isopropanol, and n-propanol via azeotropic distillation using DIPE and iso-octane as entrainers. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 58 (3), pp. 537-550.
    • de Villiers, A.J., Schwarz, C.E., Burger, A.J., Kontogeorgis, G.M. (2013). Evaluation of the PC-SAFT, SAFT and CPA equations of state in predicting derivative properties of selected non-polar and hydrogen-bonding compounds. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 338, pp. 1-15.
    • Uys, E.C., Schwarz, C.E., Burger, A.J., Knoetze, J.H. (2012). New froth behaviour observations and comparison of experimental sieve tray entrainment data with existing correlations. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 90 (12), pp. 2072-2085.
    • de Villiers, A.J., Schwarz, C.E., Burger, A.J. (2011). Extension of the CPA equation of state with dipolar theories to improve vapour-liquid-equilibria predictions. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 312 (1), pp. 66-78.
    • Schwarz, C.E., Bonthuys, G.J.K., Van Schalkwyk, R.F., Laubscher, D.L., Burger, A.J., Knoetze, J.H. (2011).  Separation of alkanes and alcohols with supercritical fluids. Part II. Influence of process parameters and size of operating range.  Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 58 (3), pp. 352-359.
    • De Villiers, A.J., Schwarz, C.E., Burger, A.J. (2011).  New association scheme for 1‑alcohols in alcohol/water mixtures with sPC-SAFT: The 2C association scheme. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50 (14), pp. 8711-8725.
  • Teaching

    • Chemical Engineering 317 (Thermodynamics)
    • Chemical Engineering 224 (Fundamental Principles)

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