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Dr Robbie Pott
Lecturer

Short Bio

Education

• PhD (Chemical Engineering) , University of Cambridge, 2013
• BSc (Hons) (Chemical Engineering), University of Cape Town, 2008

Professional experience

2015 – present – Lecturer, Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
2014 – 2015 – Postdoctoral research fellow (Claude Leon Fellowship), Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
2014 – Assistant lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
2009 – Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town

Honours and awards

• Regional winner of the IOM3 Young Persons Lecture competition, 2014
• PhD prize: Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, 2012
• Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award: Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, 2011

Research Interests

Bioprocess engineering
Biofuels
Waste beneficiation
Biorefineries

Selected Publications

“The development of immobilization matrices with adjustable density for use in the immobilization of stationary-phase operating microorganisms within continuous bioreactors.” 2016. Pott, R.W.M. International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications. Vol. 7 (6): 378-382

http://dx.doi.org/10.18178/ijcea.2016.7.6.609

“Wastewater biorefineries: integrating water treatment and value recovery.” Pott, R.W.M., Johnstone-Robertson, M., Verster, B., Rumjeet, S., Nkadimeng, L., Raper, T., Rademeyer, S., and Harrison, S.T.L., Under publication in: Advancements in Energy, Environment and Climate Change Research: making the connections and building thematic links. Springer.

“Treatment of algal biomass”. 2015. Pott, R.W.M, Lea-Smith, D., Howe, C. J., and Dennis, J. S., UK Patent Application No. 1514592.3

 “A Modified pH Drift Assay for Inorganic Carbon Accumulation and External Carbonic Anhydrase Activity in Microalgae.”
Rob van Hille, Marijke Fagan, Lucinda Bromfield and Robert W. M. Pott
2014, Journal of Applied Phycology. 26(1), 377-385

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10811-013-0076-6

“The purification of crude glycerol derived from biodiesel manufacture and its use as a substrate by Rhodopseudomonaspalustris to produce hydrogen.” 2014. Robert W.M. Pott, Christopher J. Howe and John S. Dennis. Journal of Bioresource Technology, 152, 464-470

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.10.094

“Photofermentation of crude glycerol from biodiesel using Rhodopseudomonaspalustris: comparison with organic acids and the identification of inhibitory compounds.” 2013. Robert W. M. Pott, Christopher J. Howe and John S. Dennis
Journal of Bioresource Technology, 130, 725-730

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2012.11.126

Teaching

Engineering Chemistry 123
Research Design & Expertise (RDE)