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Dr John Mc Coy
Postdoctoral Fellow

Short Bio

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
Research lead: Dr Lidia Auret
Machine learning applications to minerals processing

Process Engineer (Plant Support, Project Support)
Sasol Synfuels Operations, Sasol Chemical Industries
Gasification and Power Station Plant Support
Ethylene/Propylene value chain Project Support

PhD (Polymer reaction engineering, dynamic reactor modelling)
Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT
Supervisor: Prof Randhir Rawatlal (now at University of KwaZulu Natal)
Cosupervisor: Prof Joao BP Soares (at University of Waterloo, Canada; currently at University of Alberta, Canada)
Thesis title: Development of a computationally efficient model for the control of Ziegler-Natta catalysed industrial production of high density polyethylene

BSc (Chem Eng)
Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT

Research Interests

Research interests
Polymer reaction engineering
Dynamic reactor modelling
Residence time distributions
Population balance modelling
Machine learning
Statistical learning

Selected Publications

McCoy, J.T. & Rawatlal, R. A more efficient simulator of particle size distribution in slurry phase polyolefin systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2012, 36, 68-78.

McCoy, J.T. & Rawatlal, R. Another look at site heterogeneity in Ziegler-Natta catalysts for polyolefin production. Macromolecular Symposia, 2012, 313-314, 19-32.

McCoy, J.T., Soares, J.B.P. & Rawatlal, R. Analysis of slurry-phase co-polymerisation of ethylene and 1-butene by Ziegler-Natta catalysts Part 1: Experimental activity profiles. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 2013, 7(8), 350-361.