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Professor André Burger (acting departmental chair; left) congratulates first year student Kayla Coetzee (right) on her prize. Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook is one of the many undergraduate textbooks that Kayla will receive free-of-charge during her undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University.
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The ability to record fast reactions in real-time has the advantage of solving the mysteries of their governing rate equations more easily and accurately. The accuracy of these equations is vital in the separations technology field, since it directly influences the accuracy of our ability to determine the efficiency of distillation columns. Small improvements on distillation column efficiency relates to large savings in operating costs as well as decreasing the environmental impact of the process.
Student life at the Department of Process Engineering
In high school, I wanted to be so many things: a doctor, an engineer, a microbiologist, at one point even an environmental lawyer. I had little knowledge about all these fields but I knew that I loved maths, physics and chemistry. After a little research, I decided I wanted to be an engineer. Which kind, that I still had to figure out. I chose chemical engineering since it was the only engineering field that focused on chemistry. I soon found out there is so much more to chemical engineering than chemistry.