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Prof Kim Clarke
Associate Professor

Short Bio

Education

⁻ PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Cape Town, South Africa
⁻ MSc Eng(Chemical/ Biological Engineering), University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
⁻ BSc Eng (Chemical Engineering), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professional experience

⁻ Associate Professor, 2009 to present
Department of Process Engineering, University of Stellenbosch
⁻ Senior Lecturer, 2004 to 2008
Department of Process Engineering, University of Stellenbosch
⁻ Senior Lecturer, 2001 to 2004
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town

Professional societies

⁻ Pr Eng Professional Engineer, Engineering Council of South Africa
⁻ MIChemE Chartered Engineer, Institution of Chemical Engineers
⁻ MAIChE Senior Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
⁻ MSAIChE Member, South African Institute of Chemical Engineers

Honours and awards

⁻ University of Stellenbosch Rector’s Award for Excellent Education, 2010
⁻ University of Stellenbosch Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007
⁻ National Research Foundation Scientific Rating, C2 category, 2011-present
⁻ National Research Foundation Scientific Rating, L category, 2007-2011

Research Interests

Bactericides from Bacillusspp. effective against causative agents of tuberculosis
Biofungicides from Bacillus spp. for the control of diseases in postharvest crops
Bioremediation of oil pollution by bacterial consortia
Renewable fuel from bacterial Zymomonas spp.
Oxygen transfer as key to reactor design for hydrocarbon bioconversions

Selected Publications

Rangarajan V. and Clarke K.G. (2016) "Towards bacterial lipopeptide products for specific applications – a review of appropriate downstream processing schemes." Process Biochemistry on line http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procbio.2016.08.026

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. 91 (1), 2720-2728. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jctb.4897/pdf

Rangarajan V. and Clarke K.G. (2015) "Process development and intensification for enhanced production of Bacillus lipopeptides." Biotechnol. Genet. Eng. Rev. 31, 46-68. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02648725.2016.1166335

du Preez R., Clarke K.G., CallananL.H. and Burton S.G. (2015) "Modelling of Immobilised Enzyme Biocatalytic Membrane Reactor Performance."J. Mol. Catal. B: Enzym. 119, 48-53. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1381117715300059

Pretorius D., van Rooyen J. and ClarkeK.G. (2015) "Enhanced production of antifungal lipopeptides by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens for biocontrol of postharvest disease." New Biotechnol. 32, 243-252. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nbt.2014.12.003

Clarke K.G. (2013) "Bioprocess Engineering: An introductory engineering and life science approach." Elsevier, Cambridge, United Kingdom. http://store.elsevier.com/Bioprocess-Engineering/Kim-Gail-Clarke/isbn-9781782421672

Velankar H., Clarke K.G., du Preez R., Cowan D. and Burton S.G. (2010) ''Developments in nitrile and amide biotransformation processes.'' Trends in Biotechnology 28, 561-569. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2010.08.004

Clarke K.G., Ballot F. and Reid S. (2010) ''Enhanced rhamnolipid production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa under phosphate limitation.'' World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 26, 2179-2184. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11274-010-0402-y

Correia L.D.C., Aldrich Cand Clarke K.G. (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. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369703X09003660

Clarke K.G. and Correia LDC (2008) ''Oxygen transfer in hydrocarbon-aqueous dispersions and its applicability in alkane bioprocesses: A review.'' Biochem. Eng. J. 39, 405-429. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bej.2007.11.020

Teaching

Bioprocess Engineering
Mass Transfer Separation Operations
Engineering Chemistry
Research Design and Expertise