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Dr Tobie Louw
Senior Lecturer

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PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013, cum laude)

    Eng in Chemical Engineering (University of Pretoria, 2007, cum laude)


Senior Lecturer: University of Stellenbosch, Dept. of Process Engineering; January 2016 - present

Lecturer: University of Stellenbosch, Dept. of Process Engineering; May 2015 - December 2015

Post-doc: University of Cape Town, Dept. of Chemical Engineering; August 2013 - April 2015

Scholarly activities and awards

National Research Foundation Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral fellowship (2014-2015)

Thought for Food: food security innovation challenge finalist (2013)

Maud Hammond Fling fellowship (2012)

Milton E. Mohr graduate fellowship (2009- 2011)

1st prize National ChemTechInnovation Awards (2007)

Member of the International Water Association and Water Institute of Southern Africa.

Peer reviewer for Chemical Engineering Science and Biochemical Engineering Journal.

Ad hoc reviewer for National Research Foundation.

Research Interests

Multiscale mathematical modelling of biological processes, with an emphasis on waste valorisation, water and sanitation in the South-African context. Projects include:
• Bioreactor transport processes and fluid dynamics
• Agent-based modelling of biofilms
• Photosynthesis dynamics
• Parameter estimation and analysis in anaerobic digestion
• Thermodynamics of biological systems

Selected Publications

T.M. Louw, M. J. Griffiths, S. Jones, and S. T. L. Harrison, “Techno-economic feasibility of algal biodiesel,” in Algae Biotechnology: Products and Processes, F. Bux and Y. Chisti, Eds. Springer UK, 2016, pp. 111–141.

T.M. Louw, T. C. Jackson, A. Subramanian, and H. J. Viljoen, “Simulation of acoustic fields in fluid-, solid- and porous layers by the combined transfer matrix/angular spectrum approach with applications in bioacoustics,” Wave Motion, vol. 56, pp. 122–136, 2015.

T.M. Louw, A. Subramanian, and H. J. Viljoen, “Theoretical evaluation of ultrasonic bioreactors, designing for experimental repeatability,” Ultrasound Med. Biol., vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 1766–1778, 2015.

T.M. Louw, O. G. Gomez-Duarte, A. Subramanian, and H. J. Viljoen, “Mathematical modelling of functionalized-microsphere based assays for rapid DNA detection: From sample preparation to results,” Biochem. Eng. J., vol. 88, pp. 50–60, 2014.

T.M. Louw, G. Budhiraja, H. J. Viljoen, and A. Subramanian, “Mechanotransduction of ultrasound is frequency dependent below the cavitation threshold,” Ultrasound Med. Biol., vol. 39, no. 7, pp. 1303–1319, 2013.

P. Whitney, A. C. Lamb, T. M. Louw, and A. Subramanian, “Integrin-mediated mechanotransduction pathway of low-intensity continuous ultrasound in human chondrocytes,” Ultrasound Med. Biol., vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 1734–1743, 2012.

T.M. Louw, S. Whitney, A. Subramanian, and H. Viljoen, “Forced wave motion with internal and boundary damping,” J. Appl. Phys., vol. 111, no. 1, pp. 14702–147028, 2012.

T.M. Louw, S. E. Whitney, J. R. TerMaat, E. Pienaar, and H. J. Viljoen, “Oligonucleotide optimization for DNA synthesis,” AIChE J., vol. 57, no. 7, pp. 1912–1918, 2011.

T.M. Louw, C. S. Booth, E. Pienaar, J. R. TerMaat, S. E. Whitney, and H. J. Viljoen, “Experimental validation of a fundamental model for PCR efficiency,” Chem. Eng. Sci., vol. 66, no. 8, pp. 1783–1789, 2011.

C. S. Booth, E. Pienaar, J. R. Termaat, S. E. Whitney, T. M. Louw, and H. J. Viljoen, “Efficiency of the Polymerase Chain Reaction.,” Chem. Eng. Sci., vol. 65, no. 17, pp. 4996–5006, 2010.


Chemical Engineering 344 (Modelling and Optimization)