Welcome to the E&PSE research group
Clean air, a society running on renewable energy, clean efficient production, recycling of resources after use, a diverse biosphere protected for the future: these are some of our aims. As a small research group in Africa’s most successful university-based Chemical Engineering department, we contribute to these aims by:
- Training the next generation of academics, researchers and top end consultants through PhD and MSc research;
- Generating and publishing new knowledge through critical research and scholarship;
- Questioning unsustainable practices and supporting sustainable development in the real world, by making our knowledge and research products accessible and adoptable.
To familiarise the student with the environmental assessment tool known as Life Cycle Assessment, some of its diverse uses, the ISO norms, the science behind some of its key impact categories (beyond carbon and water), its use to support decision-making in product systems, process systems or in policy- making. Further to allow the student to develop skills and insights in the important steps of goal and scope definition, inventory modelling, data quality assessment, choice of impact assessment categories, interpretation and uncertainty propagation, partly by working with LCA software and databases.