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Mrs Naadhira Seedat

Name: Naadhira Seedat
Location: JOB 4134 Doornfontein Campus
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Tel: 011 559 6703


About Dr Naadhira Seedat

Research Interests

Distillation Design, Biomass conversion, Waste to energy Mrs Seedat’s research interests are focused on two key areas of the broader chemical engineering discipline namely: distillation design and biomass conversion. Her focus in the field of distillation design is the use of graphical methods to determine key design parameters for different distillation configurations. The conversion of biomass/waste into energy as well as value added products are currently of great importance. This is the result of a rapidly increasing demand for energy as well economical and environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal. Mrs Seedat focus is the design of new biomass conversion processes using Aspen Plus software and hence the experimental feasibility of such processes.


I graduated with a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering with distinction (2011) from the University of the Witwatersrand and received many awards including and not limited to Dean’s list (2008-2011), the O B Volckman silver medal and prize in chemical engineering and the Sasol Chemical Design III prize. I completed an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering (2014) from the University of the Witwatersrand focusing on the validation of membrane residue curves. The MSc work looks at the design and construction of an experimental apparatus for the measurement and existence of M-RCMs. I published a journal article based on the MSc work done in the Journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, titled: “Experimental Measurement of Membrane Residue Curve Maps”. I had the honour to work with Professor David Glasser, my co-supervisor, who taught me invaluable lessons about being a researcher and academic. I am currently pursuing a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering (2017-present) at the University of Witwatersrand focusing on the development of McCabe Thiele diagrams for the preliminary design of multicomponent systems. The scope of work will extend from simple infinite reflux distillation columns, single finite columns to reactive distillation columns. The work is not limited to these fields and other areas such as complex column configurations as well as optimal energy configurations can be considered in the future. I aim to publish three peer-reviewed journal article from the PhD work. My aspiration to be an NRF rated researcher in the near future. I am currently appointed as a nGAP lecturer in the department of Chemical Engineering Technology at the University of Johannesburg. I am also an associate member of SAIChE and a registered candidate engineer with ECSA. Scopus:  Orcid:  Google Scholar: