Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


Chemical engineering is a discipline that relates to numerous areas of technology. In broad terms, chemical engineers are responsible for conceiving and designing processes for the production, transformation and transport of biochemicals, chemicals, energy and materials. More recently, chemical engineers are increasingly involved in the design of new products enabled by emerging process technologies. Chemical engineering begins with experimentation in the laboratory and follows with implementation of the technology to full-scale production

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Welcome to Chemical & Materials Engineering Department, CSET, Unisa!


Prof Seshibe Makgato

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department at the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Unisa. As we begin this educational journey together, I am excited about the transformative experiences and valuable knowledge that await us. Chemical Engineers focus primarily on designing, operating, and managing processing systems to convert raw materials into products that are more useful and valuable to society. In the design and operation of these facilities, two key concerns typically prevail: minimizing costs and reducing environmental impact. Therefore, Chemical Engineers play a key role in the conservation and protection of the environment.

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Department provides a variety of academic programs tailored to the diverse desires, needs, and aspirations of our students. Whether you're pursuing a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours Degree, Master of Engineering, or Ph.D. in Engineering, you've chosen a path that will empower you to make significant contributions to both the nation and society. Our programs are accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), ensuring that our graduates are recognized both locally and internationally. 

In our effort to offer you a comprehensive learning journey, the Diploma in Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program. This valuable opportunity lets you apply your theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, acquire practical skills, and enhance your professional abilities. By connecting academic learning with practical experience, it prepares you to make informed career decisions and transition smoothly into the workforce.

Our prominent academic team brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and passion to enhance your learning journey. Their diverse perspectives will expose you to the latest industry trends, preparing you for the dynamic demands of your chosen field.

Unisa takes immense pride in its state-of-the-art facilities and extensive lab equipment. Our labs feature advanced technologies, offering a hands-on learning experience that promotes innovation and practical knowledge. This environment enables you to conduct experiments, participate in research projects, and push the boundaries of your chosen field.​

Chair of Department, Chemical & Materials Engineering Department
Prof Seshibe Makgato Pr Eng, MSAIChE
Ph.D (Eng)(UP), M.Sc (Eng)(Wits), GDE (Wits)