To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Labuschagne’s research interests lie in developing polymer-based encapsulation technologies for pharmaceutical actives (such as drugs, vaccines, phytochemicals, bacteria) using ‘green’ supercritical CO2-based processes.
Pillai’s current research interest is to develop functional nanostructured materials and polymer composites for cosmetic and active food packaging applications.
Tsekoa’s research focuses on developing production processes for biologics manufacture at bench and pilot scale. He pursues an applied research programme in the combined fields of applied biochemistry, enzymology and structural biology, and their application to biomanufacturing problems.