Academic Staff

Prof Izak Nieuwoudt

Izak Nieuwoudt - Process Engineering (Chemical Engineering) - Stellenbosch University

Professor Extraordinary

  • Email: IzakNieuwoudt@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: +1 316 828 8558
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1994
      • MEng (Extractive Metallurgical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1989
      • BEng (Chemical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1986
    • Professional experience
      • Director: Research & Development
        Koch-Glitsch, Wichita, USA 
        September 2003 to present
      • Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        April 1995 to August 2003
      • Senior Process Engineer, Senior Process Engineer Grade I
        SASTECH (Division of SASOL LTD.)
        November 1993 to March 1995
      • Design Engineer
        Universal Oil Products (UOP), Chicago, USA 
        October 1992 to October 1993
      • Senior Process Engineer, Process Engineer, Assistant Process Engineer
        SASTECH (A division of SASOL LTD.)
        March 1989 to October 1992
      • Research Assistant
        University of Stellenbosch, Chamber of Mines Contract
        January 1987 to February 1989
    • Honours & Awards
      • 2012: Koch Industries Environmental, Health & Safety Excellence award.
      • 2002: Alexander von Humboldt Stipend to do research in Germany.
      • 2001: Listed in Marquis Who’s who in Science and Engineering.
      • 2001: DAAD Scholarship to do research in Germany.
      • 2001: Ad hominen promotion to Full Professor on the basis of research outputs.
      • 2000: University of Stellenbosch Lecturer of the year award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
      • 1999: Ad hominem promotion to Associate Professor on the basis of research outputs.
      • 1999: Awarded University of Stellenbosch medal as one of the researchers of the year.
      • 1993: Sent to USA by Sasol on basis of being identified as an engineer with good potential.
      • 1992: Sastech (Sasol) award for technical achievement in developing extractive distillation processes.
  • Research Interests

    • Distillation and extraction
    • Solvent driven separations
    • Supercritical fluid processing
    • Thermodynamics
  • Recent Publications

    • Du Rand, M., Nieuwoudt, I., Schwarz, C.E. & Knoetze, J.H. 2012, “A practical equation of state for non-spherical and asymmetric systems for application at high pressures. Part 1: Development of the pure component model”, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, vol. 90, no. 3, pp. 584-596.
    • Du Rand, M., Nieuwoudt, I., Schwarz, C.E. & Knoetze, J.H. 2012, “A practical equation of state for non-spherical and asymmetric systems for application at high pressures. Part 2: Extension to mixtures”, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, vol. 90, no. 3, pp. 597-611.
    • Nieuwoudt, I. 2011, “Exploiting the synergy between liquid extraction and other solvent driven separations”, 11AIChE – 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings.
    • Nieuwoudt, I. 2011, “Tray efficiency of SUPERFRAC(TM) high-performance trays in C2 splitter service”, Hydrocarbon Asia, Apr-Jun 2011, pp. 64-68.
    • Nieuwoudt, I. & Quotson, P. 2011, “INTALOX ULTRA random packing – Pushing the envelope”, 11AIChE – 2011 AIChE Spring Meeting and 7th Global Congress on Process Safety, Conference Proceedings.
    • Schwarz, C.E., Nieuwoudt, I. & Knoetze, J.H. 2010, “Additional pilot plant measurements with incorporation of reflux for the fractionation of wax derivatives with supercritical propane”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 49, no. 9, pp. 4462-4467.

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