Stephanus du Preez completed his BSc Chemistry, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and a BSc (Honors) in Chemistry in 2012. In 2014, he completed a MSc in Chemistry (cum laude), focusing on the oxidation of chromium present in chromite dust as it passes through off-gas flaring stacks. In 2017, he obtained his PhD in Chemistry, titled "Ferrochromium waste management - addressing current gaps" from the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. His PhD studies focused on environmental, waste management and process related aspects of the ferrochromium production process, with the main focus on lowering electrical consumption of the smelters, reducing the carbon footprint, rehabilitation of hazardous process residues and recovery of valuables from various process residue streams. In 2018, he completed a MEng in Chemical Engineering (cum laude), were his studies focused on the mechanochemical activation of aluminum for hydrogen generation purposes using neutral pH water. Up to date, he has published 10 internationally accredited, peer-reviewed papers in scientific and engineering journals and holds a Netherlands patent, titled "Activation compounds for hydrogen generation".
He is currently enrolled with HySA Infrastructure at the NWU in a post-doctoral research program in the area of hydrogen-related technologies under the mentorship of Dr. Dmitri Bessarabov.
Stephanus is also a visiting Rutherford Fellow, under the supervision of Dr. Charles Dunnill as part of the Strategic partnership grant from BIES and the HYENA Network. He is tasked with developing a flame-less hydrogen burner for domestic applications. The primary idea behind this device is to minimize the use of indoor solid fuel combustion as a means to prepare food. By doing so, the ambient household air-quality will improve significantly, which will likely alleviate health issues relating to poor-air quality exposure/inhalation.
A surface micrograph of the in-house developed and produced catalytic system.
An example of our specialized material in action.
On the 29th and 30th April 2019, we held our first International 2 day HYENA conference. It was held in Cabo Verde in collaboration with University Cape Verde. The first day had a conference dinner and travel to the island of Santiago and the second day we had a meeting at the university facilities. The … Read more
O Poeta Lounge & Food. A great meal out with a perfect view. Just what we needed the night before the conference.
April 18th 2019 We ran a conference in the Civic Centre to celebrate the work carried out by the Rutherford fellows and the Network. Huge thank you to all the speakers. Elaine Forde Luci Attala Karen Morrow Mark Penny Charlie Dunnill Stephanus Du Preez Celsio Quaresma
Dr. Anzel Falch received a travel grant from South Africa to travel to Swansea in order to support Faan, our Rutherford fellow and to discuss future collaborations.
Leicester University hosted 50 Rutherford Fellows representing 15 countries from various host Universities across the UK. The event, ‘Interdisciplinary Futures: Enhancing research and impact through collaboration’, welcomed representatives from UUKi and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to the event. We had a good day at the conference and a nice meal in the evening.