School of Engineering


Prof Bruce Sithole


Prof Bruce Sithole is a Chief Scientist and Director, Biorefinery Industry Development Facility, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, in Durban. He previously worked in Canada and was headhunted to come to South Africa in 2010. He is also a Professor in Chemical Engineering at UKZN where he supervises MSc and PhD students working on biorefinery technologies. His main research focus is on development and implementation of green chemistry in biorefinery technologies, specifically those aimed at beneficiation of forestry wastes and waste chicken feathers. The purpose of the research is to contribute to the revitalization and resilience of the forestry and poultry industries by diversifying into biorefinery activities that will add more value to the bottom lines of the mills and avoid unsustainable disposal of their wastes.

Research interests

  • Biorefinery technologies
  • Waste beneficiation
  • Pulp and papermaking technologies

Research profiles