Dr. Mike Scurrell
Mike Scurrell is Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering at the University of South Africa and Emeritus Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was previously Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Research Associate, UNISA (University of South Africa) , Applied Research Manager, Anglo American Research Laboratories (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa, Programme Manager – Catalysis, Division of Energy Technology, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa, Divisional Head – Catalysis, former National Institute of Chemical Engineering, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (Copenhagen), Denmark. He has had visiting positions at academic institutions and research institutes in the USA and Italy and is currently a visiting professor at Cardiff University in the UK.
He gained PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Nottingham, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Chartered Chemist, Member South African Chemical Institute 2000, Member American Chemical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2006.
His Research and professional interests include Catalysis and surface chemistry, engineering aspects of catalytic technologies. Synthetic fuels and processes for catalytic production and upgrading of fuels. Direct conversion of natural gas and C1 chemistry, including methanol and DME synthesis, conversion routes to hydrocarbons via methanol and DME, catalytic processing in the petroleum, chemical and energy fields, catalytic processing of biomass, physical chemistry of the solid state and solid state transformation processes, including minerals processing, application of spectroscopic methods to the characterization of the bulk and surface and catalytic properties of solids, novel technologies for the fabrication of microstructures and the processing of solids