Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering

Prof MS Scurrell

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Civil and Chemical Engineering
Tel: 011 670 9276


  • PhD (Chemistry)
  • DSc (Chemistry)
  • FRSC
  • CChem

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Fields of academic interests

Research Interests

    • Heterogeneous catalysis
    • Novel synthetic routes to nanomaterials for catalysis
    • Catalytic processes for energy conversion and environmental protection

    Field of Specialisation

    • Solid catalysts, surface chemistry, surface spectroscopy

    Professional positions, fellowships & awards

    Professional affiliation

    • Royal Society of Chemistry (UK),
    • South African Chemical Institute (SACI)

    Awards and Hounours

    • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (2009)


    Selected Publications

    • J Steyn G Pattrick M S Scurrell D Hildebrandt, M C Raphulu E van der Lingen Online deactivation of gold/titania for CO oxidation in hydrogen-rich gas streams Gold Bull, 40 (2008) 318-325
    • T Mokrani M S Scurrell Gas conversion to liquid fuels via methanol
    • Catal Rev-Sci Engng, 51 (2009) 1
    • K Mallick M J Witcomb M S Scurrell A Strydom Optical, microscopic and low temperature electrical properties of one-dimensional gold-polyaniline composite networks J Phys D: Appl Phys 42 (2009) 095409
    • D H Barrett P Franklyn M S Scurrell Variable temperature study of Au and Au-Pt nanoparticles on selected oxide supports Mater Res Soc Symp Proc 1279 (2010) 11
    • K G Mbuyi M S Scurrell D Hildebrandt D Glasser The convesrion of synthesis gas to DME over gold-based catalysts Top Catal 55 (2012) 771
    • T E Tshabalala N J Coville M S Scurrell Dehydroaromatization of methane over doped Pt/Mo/H-ZSM-5 zeolite catalysts. The promotional effects of tin Appl Catal A Gen 485 (2014) 238
    • L Z Linganiso M S Scurrell Microwave-induced solid-state interactions in the synthesis of Fischer-Tropsch catalysts Current Microwave Chemistry 3 (2016) 0000, in press
    • W M Dlamini N J Coville M S Scurrell Microwave radiation in the modification of Fe Fischer-Tropsch catalysts J Molec Catal A 409 (2015) 19


    Short Biography

    Professor Scurrell is Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), University of South Africa (UNISA), and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand. He has researched in the area of catalysis and surface chemistry for over 40 years and has published extensively in this field. He has formerly held positions at the  University of Edinburgh, the Technical University of Denmark, The CSIR (Pretoria) and Anglo American Research Laboratories.

    His main interests are in catalysis for environmental protection and energy conversion, two areas which are naturally aligned in large scale energy production.