Academic Staff

Dr Robbie Pott

Dr Robbie Pott

Lecturer

  • Email: rpott@sun.ac.za
  • Phone: +27 21 808 2064
  • Fax: +27 21 808 2059
  • Room: C211
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Chemical Engineering) , University of Cambridge, 2013
      • BSc (Hons) (Chemical Engineering), University of Cape Town, 2008
    • Professional experience
      • Lecturer
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2015 to present
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Claude Leon Fellowship
        Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
        2014-2015
      • Assistant lecturer
        Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
        2014
      • Research Assistant
        Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
        2009
    • Honours and awards
      • Regional winner of the IOM3 Young Persons Lecture competition
        2014
      • PhD prize
        Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
        2012
      • Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award
        Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
        2011
  • Research Interests

    • Bioprocess engineering
    • Biofuels
    • Waste beneficiation
    • Biorefineries
  • Recent Publications

    • “A Modified pH Drift Assay for Inorganic Carbon Accumulation and External Carbonic Anhydrase Activity in Microalgae.”
      Rob van Hille, Marijke Fagan, Lucinda Bromfield and Robert W. M. Pott
      2014, Journal of Applied Phycology. 26(1), 377-385
    • “The purification of crude glycerol derived from biodiesel manufacture and its use as a substrate by Rhodopseudomonas palustris to produce hydrogen.”
      Robert W.M. Pott, Christopher J. Howe and John S. Dennis
      2014, Journal of Bioresource Technology, 152, 464-470
    • “Photofermentation of crude glycerol from biodiesel using Rhodopseudomonas palustris: comparison with organic acids and the identification of inhibitory compounds.”
      Robert W. M. Pott, Christopher J. Howe and John S. Dennis
      2013, Journal of Bioresource Technology, 130, 725-730
  • Teaching

    • Chemical Engineering 264 (Fluid Mechanics)
    • Chemical Engineering D356

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