Academic Staff

Prof Johann Görgens

Johann Görgens, Process Engineering, Stellenbosch


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  • Phone: +27 21 808 3503
  • Fax: +27 21 808 2059
  • Room:C307
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • MBA, Stellenbosch University, 2005
      • PhD (Chemical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 2003
      • MSc (Chemical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1999
      • BEng (Chemical Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1996
    • Professional experience
      • Professor
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2012 to present
      • Associate professor
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2009 to 2012
      • Senior Lecturer
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2002 to 2009
      • Lecturer
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2002 to 2004
    • Honours and awards
      • Winner in the South African Cleantech Competition, 2011
      • Runner-up in the THRIP Competitiveness of Industry Partner Category for the dti Technology Awards, 2010
  • Research Interests

    • Biomass processing for the production of fuels and chemicals
    • Bioprocess engineering
    • Engineering of microbial systems for the production of valuable proteins, enzymes, organic acids and alcohols
  • Recent Publications

    • Carrier M, T Hugo, J Görgens, JH Knoetze (2011). Comparison of slow and vacuum pyrolysis of sugar cane bagasse. fVan Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 90 (1), pp. 18-26
    • Van Zyl WH, AFA Chimphango, R den Haan, JF Görgens, P Chirwa (2011). Next generation cellulosic ethanol technologies and their contribution to a sustainable Africa. Interface Focus 1:196-211
    • Aboyade AO, TJ Hugo, M Carrier, EL Meyer, R Stahl, JH Knoetze, JF Görgens. 2011. Non-isothermal kinetic analysis of corn cobs and sugar cane bagasse pyrolysis. Thermochimica Acta 517: 81–89
    • Amigun B, D Petrie, JF Görgens. 2011. Economic risk assessment of advanced process technologies for bioethanol production in South Africa: Monte Carlo analysis. Renewable Energy 36(11): 3178-3186
    • Leibbrandt NH, JH Knoetze, JF Görgens. 2011. Comparing biological and thermochemical processing of sugarcane bagasse: An energy balance perspective. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35 (5) pp. 2117-2124.
  • Teaching

    • Thermodynamics A214
    • Heat Transfer A326
    • Postgraduate course in Bio-energy, presented annually in September together with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies
    • Shortcourses for Biotech and Food industries in Aseptic processing and Good Manufacturing Practise, presented annually

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