Academic Staff

Dr Tobie Louw

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Senior Lecturer

  • Email:
  • Phone: +27 21 808 4051
  • Fax: +27 21 808 2059
  • Room: C317.2
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2013
      • B.Eng (Chemical), University of Pretoria, 2007
    • Professional experience
      • Lecturer
        Post-Doctoral research fellow: NRF Scarce Skills Fellowship, University of Cape Town – Center for Bioprocess Engineering Research,
    • Honours and awards
      • Maud Hammond Fling Fellowship (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012)
      • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student chapter teaching award (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012)
      • Milton E. Mohr Graduate Fellowship (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009-2011)
      • Best senior research project, National ChemTech Innovation Awards (2007)
      • Best senior research presentation, (University of Pretoria, 2007)
  • Research Interests

    • Bioprocess measurement, modelling and control
    • Bioreactor design
    • Carbon dioxide kinetics, mass transfer, and thermodynamics, in aqueous systems
  • Recent Publications

    • Louw, T. M., Jackson, T. C., Subramanian, A., & Viljoen, H. J., 2015. “Simulation of acoustic fields in fluid-, solid- and porous layers by the combined transfer matrix/angular spectrum approach with applications in bioacoustics”, Wave Motion.
    • Louw, T. M., Subramanian, A., & Viljoen, H. J., 2015. “Theoretical evaluation of ultrasonic bioreactors, designing for experimental repeatability”, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
    • Louw, T.M., Gomez-Duarte, O.G., Subramanian, A., Viljoen, H.J. 2014, “Mathematical modeling of functionalized-microsphere based assays for rapid DNA detection: From sample preparation to results”, Biochemical Engineering Journal.
    • Louw, T.M., Budhiraja, G., Viljoen, H.J., Subramanian, A. 2013, “Mechanotransduction of ultrasound is frequency dependent below the cavitation threshold”, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
    • Whitney, N.P., Lamb, A.C., Louw, T.M., Subramanian, A. 2012, “Integrin-Mediated Mechanotransduction Pathway of Low-Intensity Continuous Ultrasound in Human Chondrocytes”, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
    • Louw, T.M., Whitney, S.E., Subramanian, A. & Viljoen, H.J. 2012, “Forced Wave Motion with Internal and Boundary Damping”, Journal of Applied Physics.
    • Louw, T.M., Booth, C.S., Pienaar, E., Termaat, J.R., Whitney, S.E. & Viljoen, H.J. 2011, “Experimental Validation of a Fundamental Model for PCR Efficiency”, Chemical Engineering Science.
    • Louw, T.M., Whitney, S.E., TerMaat, J.R., Pienaar, E. & Viljoen, H.J. 2011, “Oligonucleotide optimization for DNA synthesis”, AIChE Journal.
    • Booth, C.S., Pienaar, E., Termaat, J.R., Whitney, S.E., Louw, T.M. & Viljoen, H.J. 2010, “Efficiency of the polymerase chain reaction”, Chemical Engineering Science.
  • Teaching

    • Chemical Engineering 344 (Modelling and Optimization)

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