Academic Staff

Prof Hansie Knoetze

Hansie Knoetze, Stellenbosch University

Professor
Dean: Faculty of Engineering

  • Email:jhk@sun.ac.za
  • Phone:+27 21 808 4204
  • Fax:+27 21 808 4206
  • Room:A209
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Eng), Stellenbosch University, 1990
      • BEng (Chemical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1977
    • Professional experience
      • Dean
        Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch
        2012 to current
      • Vice-Dean (Teaching)
        Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch
        2011 to 2012
      • Acting Dean of Engineering
        Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch
        2009
      • Deputy-Dean (Teaching)
        Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch
        2006 to 2008
      • Departmental Chairman
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch
        1997 and 2002 to 2004
      • Professor
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch
        1998 to present
      • Associate Professor
        Department of Chemical Engineering, Stellenbosch
        1994 to 1998
      • Senior Lecturer
        Department of Chemical Engineering, Stellenbosch
        1983 to 1994
      • Senior Engineer; Section Head: Double-Base Propellants and Project Manager: Ground-to-air missiles
        Kentron-South
        1981 to 1983
      • Engineer; Group Head: Double-Base Propellants
        Kentron-South
        1979 to 1981
      • Engineer-in-Training
        Kentron-South
        1978 to 1979
    • Honours and awards
      • Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Stellenbosch, 2008
      • Elected fellow of South African Academy of Engineers, 2007
      • Lecturer of the Year award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, 2004
      • Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Stellenbosch, 1998
  • Research Interests

    • Separation technology
    • Distillation
    • Supercritical extraction
    • Thermodynamics
    • Rocket propulsion
    • Biofuels
    • Process modelling
    • Thermal processing of biomass
    • Coatings
  • Recent Publications

    • Rousseau C.W., Knoetze J.H.(2010). “Calculating an Admittance Function from Pulsed Tubular Grain Motor Tests.” Journal of Propulsion and Power 26(5) (2010) 998-1005.
    • Carrier, M.,Hugo, T., Gorgens, J.F. and Knoetze J.H., “Comparison of slow and vacuum pyrolysis of sugar cane bagasse,” Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 90 (2011) 18–26
    • Leibbrandt N.H., Knoetze J.H., Görgens J.F. “Comparing biological and thermochemical processing of sugarcane bagasse: An energy balance perspective” Biomass and Bioenergy 35 (5), p.2117, May 2011
    • G.J.K. Bonthuys, C.E. Schwarz, A.J. Burger, J.H. Knoetze, Separation of alkanes and alcohols with supercritical fluids. Part I. Phase equilibria and viability study, J. Supercrit. Fluids, 57 (2011) 101-111.
    • M. Zamudio, C.E. Schwarz, J.H. Knoetze, Phase Equilibria of Branched Isomers of C10-alcohols and C10 alkanes in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide, J. Supercrit. Fluids 59 (2011) 14-26.

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