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Dr Akinwale Aboyade

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Now working at the University of Johannesburg


B.Eng. (Civil), Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria M.Sc. (Sustainability Science), Lund University, Sweden Ph.D. (Chemical), Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Akinwale Aboyade holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stellenbosch University where he worked on assessing the techno-economic potential for co-utilizing biomass wastes with coal in the Sasol coal-to-liquid fuel conversion process. Over the course of his education and career, he has gained exposure to a wide variety of skills and work experiences related to environmental and process engineering. These include sustainable waste management (material and energy recovery), bioenergy conversion (via thermochemical processing and anaerobic digestion), contaminated land management, and flood risk management. He maintains a strong interest in the first two subject areas, with the overall goal of addressing sustainable development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently involved in applying tools from process engineering and industrial ecology towards research on cleaner production and sustainable consumption.


06/2012 – Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environmental and Process Systems Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa Duties: Teaching and research in process analysis and modelling, life-cycle-assessment, and bioenergy conversion
01/2012 – 06/2012 Research Engineer, Process Engineering Department, Stellenbosch University, South Africa Duties: Industrial related research in the techno-economics potential and coal and biomass co-gasification via gasification and Fischer Tropsch processing
07/2011 – 03/2012 External Research Consultant (Bioenergy Study), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) , Stellenbosch Duties: Eskom sponsored techno-economic study of biomass co-cofiring in coal boilers
01/2008 – 12/2009 Research Assistant (Energy Studies), Fort Hare Institute of Technology, Alice, South Africa Duties: Student mentoring and research in bioenergy conversion via gasification and pyrolysis
01/2006 – 12/2006 Flood Risk Assets Management Engineer, Environment Agency Wales, Cardiff, UK Duties: GIS based analysis of flood risk asset management
06/2005 – 01/2006 Junior Consultant, Wiserwaste Information Services Limited, St Ives, UK Duties: Closed landfill and contaminated land management
06/2005 – 12/2004 Intern, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)-Risø Centre, Roskilde, Denmark


Articles, book chapters, and technical reports

AO. Aboyade, M. Carrier, EL. Meyer, H. Knoetze, JF. Görgens; Thermogravimetric study of the devolatilization characteristics and kinetics of coal blends with corn and sugarcane residues; Fuel Processing Technology (2013) 106, 310–320

AO. Aboyade, M. Carrier, EL. Meyer, JH. Knoetze, JF. Görgens; Slow and pressurized co-pyrolysis of coal and agricultural residues; Energy Conversion and Management 65 (2013) 198–207

B. Amigun, W. Parawira, J. K. Musango, A. O. Aboyade and A. S. Badmos (2012). Anaerobic Biogas Generation for Rural Area Energy Provision in Africa in Biogas, Sunil Kumar (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0204-5, InTech.

AO. Aboyade, M. Carrier, EL. Meyer, JH. Knoetze, JF. Görgens; Model fitting kinetic analysis and characterisation of the devolatilization of coal blends with agricultural residues; Thermochimica Acta (2012), 530, 95-106

AO Aboyade, S Danje, JF Görgens; The techno-economic analysis of fast pyrolysis, torrefaction and slow pyrolysis of sugarcane tops; Prepared for TSB Sugar; May 2012

B Amigun, AO Aboyade; Co-firing coal with biomass for power production: thermochemical processing options; CSIR Report on behalf of Eskom; September 2011


AO. Aboyade, H von Blottnitz: Updating biofuel LCA studies with new inventory data relating to South African liquid fuels. 18th SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium, 26-28 November (2012), Copenhagen.

P Masilela, AO. Aboyade, H von Blottnitz: Comparative life cycle assessments of gaseous biofuels production from waste-based industrial effluents. 18th SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium, 26-28 November (2012), Copenhagen.

AO. Aboyade, A. Osibote A. Rabiu, M. Carrier, JF. Görgens. Co-pyrolysis of coal and agricultural waste. Oral presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jeju Island, South Korea; June 29-30 (2012); ISBN 978-1-4244-7764-7

AO. Aboyade, A. Rabiu, and B. Amigun. The potential for climate change mitigation in solid waste disposal: a case study of Lagos landfills, Oral presentation at the International Science and Technology Conference, Istanbul, Turkey; 6-9 Dec (2011); ISSN 2146-7382

AO Aboyade, TJ. Hugo, M. Carrier, EL. Meyer, R Stahl, JH Knoetze, JF. Görgens; Non-isothermal kinetic analysis of corn cobs and sugar cane bagasse pyrolysis; Thermochimica Acta, 517, 81-89 (2011)

TJ. Hugo, AO. Aboyade, M. Carrier, R Stahl, JH Knoetze, JF. Görgens; Thermochemical characteristics of South African agricultural residues using non-isothermal thermogravimetry; Oral presentation at South African Chemical Engineers Congress, Stellenbosch; 20-23 September, (2009)

AO. Aboyade, EL. Meyer, JF. Görgens; Prospects for biomass gasification/synthesis in South Africa; Oral presentation at the South African Institute of Physics Conference, Limpopo; (2008)