Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering

Prof B Patel

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Civil and Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor
Tel: 011 471 2829


  • Bsc (Eng) (Chemical Engineering) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Fields of academic interests

Research Interests

•    Process synthesis, design,  integration and intensification
•    Sustainable design of biorefineries, energy systems, and chemical processes

Field of Specialisation

Process Synthesis and Bio-energy

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional Affiliation

  • SAIChE, AmIChemE
  • South African Chemical Institute (SACI)

Short Biography

Prof Patel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), University of South Africa (UNISA). He rreceived his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007, where he developed a new framework for synthesis and evaluation of chemical processes. He was employed as a consultant at the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS), University of the Witwatersrand from 2007 until June 2012. He has been at UNISA since then.

Awards and Honours

  • NRF Y rated Researcher (2014-2019)


Selected Publications

  • Patel, B. "A Thermodynamic Targeting Approach for the Synthesis of Sustainable Biorefineries." Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (2015), 37 pp. 1283 - 1288
  • Hildebrandt D, Glasser D, Patel B, Sempuga BC, Fox J. "Making Processes Work" Computers and Chemical Engineering. (2015), 81, 22-31
  • Metzger, MJ, Glasser, BJ, Patel, B, Fox J, Sempuga, BC, Hildebrandt, D., Glasser, D." Liquid Fuels from Alternative Carbon Sources Minimizing Carbon Dioxide Emissions" AICHE Journal. (2013), 59, 2062-2078
  • Felbab N, Patel, B,El-Halwagi MM, Hildebrandt, D., Glasser, D,." Vapor recompression for efficient distillation. 1. A new synthesis perspective on standard configurations" AICHE Journal. (2013), 59, 2977-2992

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