Discovering tomorrow

InnoVenton and The Downstream Chemicals Technology Station

 Carla Kampman 

Project: The production of texturized proteins from microalgae biomass.

Promoter: Prof Ben Zeelie

Student’s qualifications:

PhD Chemistry (2015, NMMU)

MSc Chemistry (2010, NMMU)

BSc Honours in Formulation Science (2009, Cum Laude, NMMU)

BSc Biological Sciences (2008, NMMU)

Research interests: Microalgae cultivation and valorisation


Algae Biomass Summit, Washington DC, September 2015

Other interests:  painting, ballet, hiking

Mutsa Mambo

Project: Mass cultivation of algae using open ponds

Promoter: Prof Ben Zeelie

Student’s qualifications:

PhD Environmental Biotechnology (2016-pending, Rhodes University)

MSc Environmental Biotechnology (2012, Rhodes University)

BSc Hons (Microbiology) (2009, Rhodes University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (2008, Rhodes University)

BSc (Zoology & Microbiology) (2007, Rhodes University)

Research interests:

Algae cultivation, Wastewater Remediation, Process Optimization


2014 Operation of an integrated algae pond system for the treatment of municipal sewage: A South African case study. Water Science and Technology.

2014 Review: The Belmont Valley integrated algae pond system in retrospect. Water SA.

Magazine Articles:

P. M. Mambo. 2015 Algae can clean our dirty water. Mail and Guardian Science Voices.

Yes, Golden Pond: An Extended Response to Laxton by P.M. Mambo, D.K. Westensee, B.M. Zuma and Prof. A.K. Cowan published-Water Effluent and Sewage, 2013

Simplicity, the Key to Sustainability: The Integrated Algae Pond System (IAPS) by P.M. Mambo published-Water Wheel, 2013

Other interests: Meeting like-minded peers, learning from experts in the industry and reading/writing

Edeki Gerald Oghenekume 

Project: Microbial interaction and biological conversion of waste coal to value added products using bacteria and algae.

Promoter: Prof Ben Zeelie

Student’s qualifications:

PhD Environmental Biotechnology (2014, Rhodes University, South Africa)

MSc Environmental Microbiology (2009, University of Ilorin, Nigeria)

BSc Hons Microbiology (2005, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria)

Research interests:

Biodegradation, Biofuels, Petroleum hydrocarbons, Coal, Biomass liquefaction, coal gasification


2015: Oral presentation at the International symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC), Bordeaux France.

2013: Poster presentation at the 4th International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems (ISMOS 4) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Work experience:

Post doctoral fellow, Innoventon/DCTS, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. January 2015 - present

Post doctoral fellow, Environmental Biotechnology Research Unit at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. January 2014 - December 2014

Other interests: Reading scientific journals, Watching football and travelling