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Ms Sharon Rademeyer

Laboratory Coordinator

sharon.rademeyer@uct.ac.za

Waste Biorefineries

Sharon ensures the smooth-running of many aspects of the CeBER laboratories. 

My research interest centres around the waste biorefinery concept. The waste biorefinery is and integration of processes that use waste as feedstock to produce high-value products that can be sold for revenue or fed back into the value chain of manufacture. The waste streams include food waste and wastewater, these streams have huge potential because of their high nutrient content. These nutrients are used by biological processes to produce the products. In the biorefinery concept, there is very little to no waste coming out, as much of the waste generated by the processes could be fed into a secondary process that uses the remaining nutrients in the waste stream for energy generation. The waste biorefinery rests on three pillars, as it addresses poor waste management by using the waste to produce competitively priced products which contribute to SA's economic growth and lastly creates employment opportunity.


Professional History

2020 - present         Laboratory Coordinator, Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER), University of Cape Town
2011 – 2019               Research Assistant, Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER), University of Cape Town

Qualifications

April 2019                 Master of Engineering (MEng), Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
                                Supervisors: Professor Sue Harrison And Professor Marshall Sheldon
                                Thesis: Poly(γ-glutamic) acid (PGA) production from confectionery waste using Bacillus species
April 2016                 Bachelor of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
April 2012                 National Diploma, Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Sharon loves rock climbing and hiking!