Academic Staff

 Buckley
Name:
 Professor Chris Buckley
Position:
 Head of the Polution Research Group
Qualification:
 BScEng, MScEng
Contact no.:
 +27 (0)82 806-7251/+27 (0)31 260-3131
Email:
 buckley@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
 *Sanitation is dignity*

Prof Buckley is a chemical engineer and has spent his career as a contract researcher in the field of urban and industrial water and effluent management at the University of Natal and currently the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The primary funding sources are the South African Water Research Commission, eThekwini Municipality, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sasol and Umgeni Water. He has partnerships with many international research groups.

Publications:

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 Susan
Name:
 Susan Mercer
Position:
 Project Manager
Qualification:
 BSc Hons, MSc
Contact no.:
 +27 (0)31 260 3375
Email:
 mercer@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
 *You can’t manage what you don’t measure*
 
Susan Mercer holds a Master degree in Chemistry and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of cleaner production and waste minimisation. She first joined the Pollution Research Group in 1993 as a Project Leader until 2003 and was the project manager for the Danida Cleaner Textile Production Project. From 2004 to 2012, Susan was operating her own consulting company to further promote Cleaner Production, but recently returned to the PRG to assist in managing the Groups research projects.

Publications:

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 Brouckaert
Name:
 Chris Brouckaert
Position:
 Senior Research Fellow
Qualification:
 BSc Eng
Contact no.:
 +27 (0)31 260 3375
Email:
 brouckaert@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
 -
 
Chris Brouckaert joined the Pollution Research Group in 1990 and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining Group he was lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal. His areas of expertise include the Computational Fluid Dynamic modeling of water and wastewater treatment processes; modeling and application of membrane processes (reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration and microfiltration) to industrial wastewater treatment, including laboratory-scale and pilot-scale tests and interpretation of the results; and modeling of atmospheric dispersion.

Publications:

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 Konstantina
Name:
 Dr. Konstantina Velkushanova
Position:
 Research Fellow
Qualification:
 BSc, MSc, PhD
Contact no.:
 +27 (0)31 260 1122
Email:
 Velkushanova@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
 “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still”
 
Tina Velkushanova has a background in Environmental Management and Engineering. She completed her BSc and MSc in 2003 in Bulgaria where she worked as a research assistant in the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy and then as an expert in the Ministry of Environment and Water. Since 2007 she relocated to the UK and completed a PhD degree in the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton.

From April 2012 till April 2013 Tina has been granted a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at PRG where she was working under a number of water and sanitation projects, including: Mechanical Properties of Faecal Sludge (funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Characterisation of on-site sanitation material and products: VIP Latrines and Pour Flush Toilets and Co-Digestion of sewage sludge and industrial concentrates (funded by the WRC)

From 2013 Tina was appointed as a Research Engineer under the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Phase II (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Publications:

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Name:
 Dr. Santiago Septien Stringel
Position:
 Researcher
Qualification:
 BSc.Eng, MSc.Eng, PhD
Contact no.:
 -
Email:
 septiens@ukzn.ac.za / santiago.septien@hotmail.com
Quote:
 -
 
With a chemical engineering degree, Dr. Santiago Septien Stringel obtained a PhD on biomass gasification in 2011 and performed a post-doctorate in the same domain for two more years, in French research centres. During this period, he acquired an expertise in thermochemical processes (pyrolysis, gasification, combustion) and biofuels. In 2014, he joined the Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to supervise master research projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Water Research Commission. Actually, he continues as a research staff in the Pollution Research Group, and his main task is to support sanitation practitioners. His main expertise has become thermal processes for sanitation applications.

Publications:

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Name:
 Alfred Odindo
Position:
 Lecturer in Crop Science
Qualification:
 PhD
Contact no.:
 +27 (0)33 260 5425
Email:
 odindoa@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
 -

Alfred Odindo has background in Crop Science/Agronomy. His PhD in Crop Science focused on the biochemical and molecular basis of seed quality development in seeds of drought tolerant plants in response to water stress. Current research interests include plant nutrition focusing on nutrient recovery and re-use from waste and the sustainable management of water and wastewater. He also has an interest in crop modelling and seed science and technology. He is currently leading the project on integrating agriculture in designing low cost sanitation technologies.

Publications:
  • Siboza, IX, Berltling I and Odindo, A.O. (2014) Salicylic acid and methyl jasmonate improve chilling tolerance in cold-stored lemon fruit (Citrus limon)" Journal of Plant Physiology (Accepted for publication)
  • Abdel-Rahman E., Mutangaa, O., Odindi, J., Adama, E., Odindo, A.O. and Ismaila, R. (2014) A comparison of partial least squares (PLS) and sparse PLS regressions for predicting yield of Swiss chard grown under different irrigation water sources using hyper spectral data. Computers and Agriculture 106 , 11-19
  • Odindo A.O., Ngobese I.N.H., Madlala S., and Tesfay (2013) The potential use of Anaerobic Baffled Reactor (ABR) effluent for Peri-Urban Horticulture. Acta Hort 1007, 295-302
  • Ndou V.N., Shimelis H.A, Odindo, A.O and Modi, A.T. (2013) Response of selected wheat genotypes to ethylmethanesulfonate concentration, treatment temperature and duration. Scientific Research and Essays Vol. 8 189 – 196.
  • Tesfay A.Z., Bertling I, Odindo A.O., Greenfield P.L. and Workneh T.S. (2011) Growth responses of tropical onion cultivars to photoperiod and temperature based on growing degree days. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 10(71), pp. 15875-15882





Name:
 Barbara Brouckaert
Position:
 Research Fellow
Qualification:
 BScEng, MS, PhD
Contact no.:
  -
Email:
 brouckaertb@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
  -
 
Barbara Brouckaert has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has worked with the PRG on a part time contract basis since 1991. She has also worked for Umgeni Water as a Research Scientist, with the Universities of Fort Hare (RSA) and North Carolina at Charlotte (USA) as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and as a contract researcher with the Tshwane University of Technology (RSA). Her background includes drinking water treatment, specifically granular media filtration, disinfection and options for rural communities, and chemical speciation modelling. She has also been involved in developing and teaching postgraduate courses in Environmental Engineering. She is currently involved in the PRG's watewater treatment plant modelling projects.

Publications:

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Name:
 Colleen Archer
Position:
 Parasitologist
Qualification:
 
Contact no.:
 -
Email:
 archerc@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
 -
 
Colleen Archer is responsible for all helminth related laboratory work, especially Ascaris, concerning the safe re-use of sanitation waste. She also provides training for students and visiting scientists and is presently employed to do capacity building for all Gates grantees (internationally) who require training and quality control in this field of sanitation research.

Publications:

• ANDERSON CB, ARCHER CE, JACKSON TFHG, APPLETON CC & ADAMS, VJ (2001) Unusual Parasites and Common Artefacts found in Human Stools. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 73: 153

• KVALSVIG JD, APPLETON CC, ARCHER CE, et al. (2001) The KwaZulu-Natal Parasite Control Programme 1998-2000. Report to the Department of Health of KwaZulu-Natal 42pp.

• ARCHER CE, APPLETON CC (2002) Comparison between locally produced and imported Kato-Katz kits for monitoring helminth control programmes in South Africa. The Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection 17 (3,4): 39-41

• APPLETON CC & ARCHER CE (2006) Intestinal parasites of rats from Durban and implications for human health. (Abstract). Rats and Human Health in Africa: Proceedings of an international workshop on rodent-borne diseases and the Ratzooman research project 3-6 May 2006, Malelane, South Africa, pp.15-16

• PRIYA MOODLEY, COLLEEN ARCHER & DAVID HAWKSWORTH in association with LIZETTE LEIBACH (2008) Standard Methods for the Recovery and Enumeration of Helminth Ova in Waste-water, Sludge, Compost and Urine-Diversion Waste in South Africa. WRC TT Report No. 322/08

• CA BUCKLEY, KM FOXON, DJ HAWKSWORTH, C ARCHER, et al. (2008) Research into UD/VIDP (Urine Diversion/ Ventilated Improved Double Pit) Toilets: Prevalence and Die-off of Ascaris Ova in UD Waste. WRC TT Report No. 356/08

• KLARA J. PETRZELKOVA, HIDEO HASEGAWA, CHRIS C. APPLETON, MICHAEL A. HUFFMANN, COLLEEN ARCHER, et al; (2010) Gastrointestinal Parasites of the Chimpanzee Population Introduced onto Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania. American Journal of Primatology 72:307-316

• LINDA TRÖNNBERG, DAVID HAWKSWORTH, ANETTE HANSEN, COLLEEN ARCHER, THOR-AXEL STENSTROM (2010) Household-based prevalence of helminthes and parasitic protozoa in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, assessed from faecal vault sampling. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 104:646-654

• CE ARCHER, CC APPLETON, S MUKARATIRWA, KJ HOPE (2011) The rat lung-worm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis: A first report in South Africa. South African Medical Journal 101 (3):174-175

• JULIO A. BENAVIDES, ELISE HUCHARD, NATHALIE PETTORELLI, ANDREW J. KING, MOLLY E. BROWN, COLLEEN E. ARCHER, CHRIS C. APPLETON, MICHAEL RAYMOND and GUY COWLISHAW (2012) From Parasite Encounter to Infection: Multiple-Scale Drivers of Parasite Richness in a Wild Social Primate Population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147 (1):52-63

• PAULA PEBSWORTH, COLLEEN ARCHER, MIKE HUFFMAN, CHRIS APPLETON (2012) Parasite Transmission Risk From Geophagic and Foraging Behavior in Chacma Baboons. American Journal of Primatology 7: 940-947

• ASTRID M KNOBLAUCH, MIRKO S WINKLER, COLLEEN ARCHER, MARK J DIVALL, MILKA OWUOR, RAOUL M YAPO, POKOU A YAO AND JÜRG UTZINGER (2014) The epidemiology of malaria and anaemia in the Bonikro mining area, central Côte d’Ivoire. Malaria Journal 13:194 http://www.malariajournal.com/content/13/1/194

• D. BELCHER, G.L. FOUTCH, J. SMAY, C. ARCHER, C.A. BUCKLEY (2015) Viscous heating effect on deactivation of helminth eggs in ventilated improved pit sludge. Water Science & Technology 72 (7): 1119-1126




Name:
 Dr Rebecca Sindall
Position:
 Postdoctoral Researcher
Qualification:
 MEng Chemical Engineering, PhD Civil Engineering
Contact no.:
  +27 72 552 0311
Email:
  sindallr@ukzn.ac.za
Quote:
  "Lessening the suffering of others or learning something new is never time wasted."
 
Becky completed her degrees at University of Birmingham between 2005 and 2014. She worked as a Senior Research Scientist in Thames Water’s Wastewater Innovation for two years. She ran projects on energy-efficient wastewater process alternatives, low technology processes, improved resource recovery and efficient aeration, participating in active research as well as managing the research budgets and teams associated with those projects. She joined PRG in 2016, working on Municipality projects including water recycling strategy, DEWATS policy and oversight of black soldier fly larvae treatment research.

Publications:

• Sindall, R., Bridgeman, J., & Carliell-Marquet, C. (2013) Velocity gradient as a tool to characterise the link between mixing and biogas production in anaerobic waste digesters. Water Science & Technology, 67 (12), pp. 2800-2806.

Curriculum Vitae




Name:
 Aimee Smith
Position:
 Assistant Researcher
Qualification:
 BScEng, MScEng
Contact no.:
  +27 (0)83 557 7893
Email:
 mrsaimeesmith@gmail.com
Quote:
  "A happy soul is the best cure for a cruel world."
 
Aimee completed her chemical engineering degrees at UKZN between 2009 and 2013. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as a process engineer for Fluor Igoda, where she gained experience in process control and design, equipment specification and performance optimisation. Aimee joined PRG at the end of 2017, where she is involved in various projects including work for the eThekwini Municipality and the Faecal Sludge Management Education Strategy.

Publications:

• Smith, A., Babaee, S., Mohammadi, A.H., Naidoo, P. and Ramjugernath, D., 2016. Clathrate hydrate dissociation conditions for refrigerant + sucrose aqueous solutions: Experimental measurement and thermodynamic modelling. Fluid Phase Equilibria, Volume 413, pp. 99-109.