Morake, Relebogile (Ms)

MSc candidate

Relebogile Morake is BSc (hons) Chemistry graduate with from the University of KwaZulu–Natal. Furthermore due to her passion in research mainly focusing on the topic of alleviating the water crisis in our country, she has embarked on a journey to complete her MSc Chem Eng at the university of KwaZulu-Natal. Her project focuses on the evaluation of biochars produced from a number of activated carbons produced from a variety of feedstock as an adsorbent for removal of Pharmaceuticals from waste water. She is due to complete the project in the year 2022.


Project title: Evaluation of biochars produced from different feed stocks for use as adsorbents

Project description: The purpose of this study is to evaluate a number of different activated carbons produced from different feed stocks for use as adsorbents in wastewater treatment plants (focusing in pharmaceutical compounds).

In order to achieve this goal, three objectives have been formulated.

  1. Production and generation of activated carbon by pyrolysis from three renewable biomass feed stocks, namely, eucalyptus, black wattle and horse manure.
  2. To understand the physiochemical composition of the activated carbons through characterization by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface area analysis (BET), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), elemental analysis, pH at the point-of-zero-charge (pHpzc) , and the Boehm titration method.
  3. To test the adsorption properties of the biochars and activated carbons through batch adsorption studies of a dye, as a surrogate for pharmaceutical compounds.

Starting date: TBD

Supervisor:  Dr S. Septien

Co-Supervisor: Prof D Lokhat and Prof B.S. Martincigh

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