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Dr Eugene Van Rensburg
Scientific Researcher

Short Bio


  • MBA, Stellenbosch University, 2013
  • PhD (Microbiology), University of the Free State, 2005
  • MSc (Microbiology), University of the Free State, 1997
  • BSc Hons (Microbiology), University of the Free State, 1994
  • BSc (Microbiology), University of the Free State, 1993

Professional Experience

  • Senior Researcher, Dept. Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2013 to present
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2008 to 2013

Honours and awards

  • Certificate of Distinction, Business Environment, Stellenbosch University Business School, 2011

Research Interests

  • Biomass processing for fuel and chemical production
  • Bioprocess development for valuable and recombinant microbial products development and production
  • Biotech start-ups

Selected Publications

  • Anane E, van Rensburg E, Görgens JF (2016). Comparison of constitutive and inducible β-fructofuranosidase production by recombinant Pichia pastoris in fed-batch culture using defined and semi-defined media. South African Journal of Chemical Engineering22: 17–22.
  • Gottumukkala LD, Haigh K, CollardFX, van Rensburg E, Görgens JF (2016). Opportunities and prospects of biorefinery-based valorisation of pulp and paper sludge. Bioresource Technology 215: 37–49.
  • Nkomba E, van Rensburg E, ChimphangoAFA, GörgensJF (2016). The influence of sorghum grain decortication on bioethanol production and quality of the distillers’ dried grains with solubles using cold and conventional warm starch processing. Bioresource Technology 203: 181-189.
  • Robus CLL, Gottumukkala LD, van Rensburg E, GörgensJF (2016). Feasible process development and techno-economic evaluation of paper sludge to bioethanol conversion: South African paper mills scenario. Renewable Energy 92: 333-345.
  • Boshoff S, Gottumukkala LD, van Rensburg E, GörgensJF (2016). Paper sludge (PS) to bioethanol: Evaluation of virgin and recycle mill sludge for low enzyme, high-solids fermentation. Bioresource Technology 203: 103-111.
  • Ridout A, Boshoff S, Haigh K, Carrier M, van Rensburg E, GörgensJ (2016). Valorisation of paper waste sludge via fermentation and pyrolysis. Cellulose Chemistry and Technology 50: 439-442.
  • den Haan R, van Rensburg E, RoseSH, GörgensJF, van ZylWH (2015). Progress and challenges in the engineering of non-cellulolytic microorganisms for consolidated bioprocessing. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 33: 32-38.
  • Schnierda T, Bauer F, Divol B, van Rensburg E, GörgensJ (2014). Optimization of carbon and nitrogen medium components for biomass production using non-Saccharomyces wine yeasts.  Letters in Applied Microbiology 58: 478-485. doi:10.1111/lam.12217
  • Smith J, van Rensburg E, GörgensJF (2014). Simultaneously improving xylose fermentation and tolerance to lignocellulosic inhibitors through evolutionary engineering of recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae harbouring xylose isomerase.  BMC Biotechnology 14: 41.doi: 10.1186/1472-6750-14-41
  • Görgens JF, BresslerDC, van Rensburg E (2014). Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for direct conversion of raw, uncooked or granular starch to ethanol.  Critical Reviews in Biotechnology.  doi: 10.3109/07388551.2014.888048


  • Short course in fundamentals of statistics