Dr Njabulo Siyakatshana
Dr Njabulo Siyakatshana, Pr. Eng. completed his MSc in chemical engineering at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic in 2001 and thereafter completed a PhD in chemical and process engineering at the same institute in 2006. He completed the Programme in Project Management at the University of Pretoria in 2015. His early research was on modelling multiphase reactors using computational fluid dynamics and stochastic methods.
In 2007, he joined the CSIR as a postdoctoral researcher with a focus on process intensification of some key chemical processes and secondary agrochemical processing. In 2009, his focus as CSIR Senior Researcher was on mathematical modelling and simulation of industrial and environmental processes for design and improvement such as carbon emissions and electrolytic cells. In 2013, he became the Research Group Leader for Advanced Mathematical Modelling and in 2016 Research Group Leader for Mobile and Intelligent Autonomous Systems (Robotics).
He joined the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation in 2018 as a Programme Manager for Research and Technology Development, managing a portfolio of technology development programmes such fluorochemical expansion, advanced materials and energy storage initiatives. In September 2020, he re-joined the CSIR as a Research Group Leader for Climate and Air Quality Modelling.