Dr Bruce Sithole

Bruce Sithole is a Chief Scientist and Director, Biorefinery Industry Development Facility at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Durban, and a Professor, Chemical Engineering, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, where he supervises MSc and PhD students working on biorefinery topics, cellulose chemistry, and pulp and papermaking technologies. His main research focus is on development and implementation of biorefinery technologies, specifically those aimed at beneficiation of forestry, pulp and paper mill wastes.  The purpose of the research is to contribute to the revitalization and resilience of the forest products industries by diversifying into biorefinery activities that will add more value to the bottom lines of the mills.  He was previously with the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada where he worked on R&D in pulp and papermaking technologies.  


  • BSc (hons), chemistry, University of Sierra Leone
  • MSc, chemistry, University of Aberdeen
  • PhD, Industrial Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • NRF rated scientist

Topic to be presented

12:00:00, 13:45:00, and 14:45:00
2017-10-04, 2017-10-04, and 2017-10-04
Processing and Technology, Opportunities and applications within the timber value chain (agro-forestry, bioenergy, furniture etc.), and Wood products research needs and priorities