School of Engineering


Deresh Ramjugernath

Honorary Professor

Professor Ramjugernath was the DST/NRF South African Research Chair for Fluorine Process Engineering and Separation Technology and Director of the Thermodynamics Research Unit.

Over the past 10 years, he has successfully graduated more than 60 Masters and PhD students and is currently supervising or co-supervising over 30 postgraduate and post-doctoral students. Together with his team of researchers, he has produced more than 250 conference and journal papers.

Professor Ramjugernath is also passionate about human capacity development and is a strong believer in a collaborative approach to research capacity development. He has had a number of research bi-lateral agreements for the exchange and training of students and researchers with research groups based in several other countries.

Research interests

  • Specialisation: Thermodynamics / Separation
  • High pressure vapour-liquid equilibria
  • Low pressure vapour-liquid equilibria
  • Differential Ebulliometry
  • Liquid-liquid equilibria
  • Separation technology
  • Phase equilibria with chemical reaction
  • Pyrolysis
  • High temperature thermodynamics
  • Fluorine Chemistry and Process Engineering
  • Chemical thermodynamics
  • Essential oil extraction and purification
  • Gas hydrate separation
  • High pressure plasma reactors

Research profiles