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Kapil Moothi


Nanotechnologist/Chemical Engineer/Associate Prof

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Ladysmith South Africa

As a PhD (Chemical Engineering) candidate in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Moothi played an active role in the mentoring of first year engineering students over a period of 5 years. He completed both his BSc (Chemical Engineering) and MSc (Chemical Engineering) at this school. During the MSc, he also acquired an International Diploma in Brewing and Distilling from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), UK. He has assisted in the organisation of industrial visits, co-ordination of project seminars and advised/ supervised more than 10 final year undergraduate students. He acquired report/ research paper writing, communication and presentation skills during such research experience. Dr Moothi has given 12 poster presentations, 9 oral presentations and published 5 articles in peer reviewed journals. His research interests/ experience lie in coal processing for carbon nanotechnology applications, carbon dioxide breakdown, methane decomposition, dry reforming and catalysis. He is a member of the IBD, American Chemical Society (ACS), South African Institute of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE), Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), Golden Key International Honour Society and the Fossil Fuel Foundation of Africa (FFF). He is well versed in the use of social media for effective communication including functional command of computer applications such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Visio, MS PowerPoint, Aspen Simulator, MatLab and Simulink. His short term goals are to learn and function efficiently and effectively so as to be able to upgrade his knowledge, skills, maintain a positive reputation and make a difference in whatever he does. His long term goals would be to excel in his profession and be able to lead a team of individuals who are committed to excellence for the betterment and growth of society in general.

Contact details

O: (011) 559 6402

M: (011) 559 4439

Business Address

University Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2092

Professional Portfolios

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BTEX compounds in water-future trends and directio...

in Water SA

Carbon nanotubes synthesis using coal pyrolysis

in Langmuir

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Associate Professor | Chemical Engineering | University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2016 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Lecturing courses (Thermodynamics III, Applied Thermodynamics III, Unit Operations IV); departmental administrative duties, curriculum and programme development; postgraduate research supervision (Masters students, PhD candidates and Postdoctoral Research Fellows); generating research output (journal article publications, conference proceedings etc.); establishing links and collaborations with other higher education institutions as well as with industry; raising research funding by applying for external research grants

Previous Position(s)

Chemical Engineer | Sasolburg Operations | Sasol International Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Sasolburg, South Africa | January 2013 - December 2015

Building, Construction and Engineering

Day-to-day plant health monitoring and optimisation for increased production and energy consumption. Ensuring process plants are Operating Within Agreed Parameters (OWAP). Development of process monitoring KPIs and optimisation tools.

Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), Potential Deviation Analysis (PDA), Task Identification and Risk Assessment (TIRA), Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies. Conduct project design reviews and lead incident investigations.

Troubleshoot operating problems related to process and non-process conditions.

Investigation of process upsets and quality/ off-spec incidents.

Economic evaluations. Generation of new ideas and business cases to justify new projects.

MFD reviews and update to as-built status.

Modelling tools e.g. Flownex simulation of first stage knock out drum pump recycle for Vent Recovery Unit (VRU) on Poly 2 (Linear Low Density Polyethylene) plant so as to verify the existing orifice size on the recycle line; Aspen simulation of the de-ethaniser, de-methaniser and C2-splitter distillation columns on the Monomers (S4600) plant so as to provide an operational baseline for three separate load cases on each column to assist the operators in evaluating the column performance during periods when the analysers are unreliable.

Process design verifications e.g. design evaluation of an economiser on the Thermal Oxidation plant (S6900) in order to generate design basis document so to assess mass and energy balance around this unit.

Tutor/ Mentor | School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2008 - December 2012

Academia, Education and Training

Provided academic as well as personal support to students; Responsible for marking tutorial tests and examination scripts; Acted as an invigilator during test and examination writing

Intern | Concept Development (Refining) | Sasol
Secunda, South Africa | December 2006 - January 2007

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Responsible for optimizing the performance of two refining units; Techno-economic evaluations (discounted cash flow, weighted average cost of capital, IRR, NPV); Modelling and simulations using Aspen software

Educational history


Ladysmith Secondary School, Ladysmith, South Africa (2003)


University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2010 - December 2014

Doctor of Philosophy - Chemical Engineering

Thesis Topic: Production of Carbon Nanotubes using Direct Coal-Derived Hydrocarbon Products in a Chemical Vapour Deposition Reactor

Institute of Brewing and Distilling

London, United Kingdom | June 2008 - December 2008

International Diploma in Brewing & Distilling - Brewing & Distilling

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2008 - December 2009

Master of Science - Chemical Engineering

Dissertation Topic: Carbon Nanotube Production from Greenhouse Gases during Syngas Synthesis

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2004 - December 2007

Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering



First Place Prize - Poster Presentation at 4th Wits Cross-Faculty Postgraduate Symposium | 2012

Poster Title: Synthesis of large carbon nanotubes from ferrocene: Chemical vapour deposition technique

Expo for Young Scientists: Silver medal | 2002

Expo for Young Scientists: Bronze medal | 1999

Shortlist and nomination

WITS Executive Committee of Convocation Nominee | 2015

Convocation is a statutory body comprising graduates of the University, the Registrar, full-time permanent members of the academic staff, professors emeriti and other retired members of the permanent academic staff whose period of service was at least 10 years.

media exposure

Greentimes | 2015

Young scientists from Africa to meet Germany’s sustainability elite

Biz Community | 2015

Two South Africans named winners of Green Talents Awards | 2015

South African scientists celebrated amongst global "Green Visionary" winners by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

MY JHB | 2015

South African scientists celebrated amongst global "Green Visionary" winners

Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Initiative Africa | 2015

Green Talents winners meet sustainability research elite

Green Business Guide | 2015

Green Talents 2015 awarded in Berlin

Environment In Africa | 2015

Green Talents winners meet sustainability research elite

African Design Magazine | 2015

African winners of 2015 Green Talents Award join Germany’s sustainability elite

Competitive Accomplishments

Participant | Regional LoveLife Games | 2002

U19: Chess
Newcastle (31-09-02)

United School Sport Association South Africa (USSASA)

Academic Achievements

Green Talent: International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development | 2015

Awarded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts, who applauded track record of successful research and combination of practical knowledge and innovative thinking in current projects.

DAAD-NRF “In-Country Scholarship” Holder | 2011

Awarded by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) in partnership with the National Research Foundation.

Post Graduate Merit Award | 2008

This scholarship is awarded “on the basis of academic merit and postgraduate potential” by the University of the Witwatersrand.

Academic Excellence Scholarship | 2004

Distinction Pass | 2003

Other Achievements

Completed First Aid Level One Course | 2015

First Aid level 1 is an entry level first aid training course on emergency principles and is accredited through the Department of Labour and Health and Welfare Sector Educational Training Authority (HWSETA).

First Aid Level 1 Course Contents:
- Principles of emergency care, safety and emergency scene management
- Artificial respiration
- Airway obstruction
- Wounds & bleeding
- Shock, unconsciousness & fainting
- Fractures & splinting
- Burns
- Head & spinal injuries
- Practical demonstrations and participation by each learner in the practical exercises



The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD)

Member, July 2008 - present

Membership of the IBD (an internationally recognised professional body) enhances a person's standing in his or her profession and provides opportunities for contact with professional colleagues in brewing, fermentation and allied industries. The examinations and membership of the IBD are recognised worldwide throughout the professions of brewing and distilling.

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

Candidate Engineer: Chemical, May 2013 - present

Registration Number: 201350401

American Chemical Society (ACS)


Membership Number: 30212424

Fossil Fuel Foundation of Africa (FFF)


Membership Number: 011656

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)

Member, April 2012 - present

Membership Number: 705707

South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE)


Membership Number: 005491

Golden Key International Honour Society Member

Student Member, December 2010 - present

Internationally recognized for being in the top 15% of academic achievers at the University of the Witwatersrand


IKUSASA Community Projects Team

Team Member, June 2013 - June 2014

I have had some experience in Community Development as I was a part of an IKUSASA Community Projects Team which was involved in providing assistance to a school for learners with special educational needs. We had a successful handover to the school at the beginning of June 2014 and are now monitoring the project's impact.

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