Dr Viren Chunilall

CSIR senior researcher

Chunilall’s key competencies include cellulose chemistry, as well as understanding the impact that cellulose ultra-structure has on the accessibility and reactivity of dissolving pulps. He is part of a team of CSIR researchers focusing on pulping, papermaking and biorefinery technologies.

Full Profile

Chunilall holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His areas of interest lie in chromophore identification and isolation from dissolving pulp, investigating new techniques to improve the reactivity of dissolving pulp for conversion into higher-value products and extraction of hydrophilic and lipophilic extractives from sawdust waste for conversion into xylitol and pine-oil.

Academic qualifications: 
  • BSc, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 1999
  • BSc Hons (Chemistry), University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2000
  • MSc, (Chemistry) (cum laude), University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2003
  • PhD (Cellulose Chemistry), University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2009


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Dr Viren Chunilall