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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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.
Kalombo’s research focus is particle engineering for any medical applications (therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines) as well as water treatment and phase-change materials.
Sithole’s research interests lie in pulp and paper making technologies, integrated forest products and biorefinery. His work focuses on the revitalisation and resilience of the pulp and paper industry by diversifying into biorefinery activities as well as applications of analytical pyrolysis.