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Prof Kim Clarke

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Associate Professor

  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Cape Town, South Africa
      • MSc Engineering (Chemical/ Biological), University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
      • BSc Engineering (Chemical), University of Cape Town, South Africa
    • Professional experience
      • Associate Professor
        Department of Process Engineering, University of Stellenbosch
        2009 to present
      • Senior Lecturer
        Department of Process Engineering, University of Stellenbosch
        2004 to 2008
      • Senior Lecturer
        Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
        2001 to 2004
    • Professional societies
      • Registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (Pr Eng)
      • Charted member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE)
      • Senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (MAIChE)
      • Member South African Institute of Chemical Engineers (MSAIChE)
    • Honours and awards
      • National Research Foundation Scientific Rating, C2 category, 2011
      • University of Stellenbosch Rector’s Award for Excellent Education, 2010
      • University of Stellenbosch Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007
  • Research Interests

    • Bacillus lipopeptides for biological control of post-harvest phytopathogens
    • Antimicrobials effective against causative agents of tuberculosis
    • Renewable fuel from patented bacterial Zymomonas sp.
    • Bioremediation of hydrocarbon pollution
    • Oxygen transfer area as key to reactor design for hydrocarbon bioconversions
  • Recent Publications

    • Hollis P.G. and Clarke K.G. (2016) “A systematic quantification and correlation of oxygen transfer coefficients and interfacial area in simulated model hydrocarbon-based bioprocesses in stirred tank reactors.” J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. Published on line DOI 10.1002/jctb.4897.
    • Rangarajan V. and Clarke K.G. (2015) “Process development and intensification for enhanced production of Bacillus lipopeptides.” Biotechnol. Genet. Eng. Rev. 31, 46-68.
    • Du Preez R., Clarke K.G., Callanan L.H. and Burton S.G. (2015) “Modelling of Immobilised Enzyme Biocatalytic Membrane Reactor Performance.” J. Mol. Catal. B: Enzym. 119, 48-53.
    • Pretorius D., van Rooyen J. and Clarke K.G. (2015) “Enhanced production of antifungal lipopeptides by Bacillus amyloliquifaciens for biocontrol of postharvest disease.” New Biotechnol. 32, 243-252.
    • Clarke K.G. (2013) “Bioprocess Engineering: An introductory engineering and life science approach.” Woodhead Publishing (Elsevier), Cambridge, UK.
    • Clarke K.G. and Manyuchi M.M (2012) “Methodology for advanced measurement accuracy of the overall volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient with application to hydrocarbon-aqueous dispersions.” J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol, 87, 1615-1618.
    • Velankar H, Clarke KG, du Preez R, Cowan D and Burton SG (2010) Developments in nitrile and amide biotransformation processes. Trends in Biotechnology 28, 561-569.
    • Clarke KG, Ballot F and Reid S (2010) Enhanced rhamnolipid production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa under phosphate limitation. World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 26, 2179-2184.
    • Correia LDC, Aldrich C and Clarke KG (2010) Interfacial gas-liquid transfer area in alkane-aqueous dispersions and its impact on the overall volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient. Biochem. Eng. J. 49, 133-137.
    • Correia LDC and Clarke KG (2009) Measurement of the overall oxygen transfer coefficient in alkane-aqueous dispersions. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. 84, 1793-1797.
    • Du Preez R, Clarke KG, Cowan DA and Burton SG (2009) Performance of an amidase-immobilised membrane bioreactor. Proceedings 8th World Congress in Chemical Engineering, Montreal, Canada.
    • Correia LDC, Clarke KG and Aldrich C (2009) Interfacial gas-liquid transfer in alkane-aqueous dispersions. Proceedings 8th World Congress in Chemical Engineering, Montreal, Canada.
  • Teaching

    Most recent:

      • Engineering Chemistry 123
      • Bio Engineering 324
      • Mass Transfer Operations 367

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