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2 Director: Professor Faizal Bux
Tel: 031 3732597
Fax: 031 3732777
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Bio: Prof Faizal Bux is the Director of the Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology, Durban University of Technology. Prof Bux has been instrumental in establishing the Research Niche area of Wastewater Technology and further turning this into a centre of excellence known as the Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology. He has more than 20 years service at higher Education Institutes and has received numerous institutional awards including the Vice Chancellor’s and University Top Senior researcher awards. The Institute has recently been awarded a National Research Foundation Research Chairs intiative chair mainly due to the efforts of Prof Bux.Prof Bux’s primary research areas are: wastewater biotechnology, bioremediation, algal biofuels research and biotechnology, constructed wetlands/rhizofiltration and rainwater harvesting.

Prof Bux is ranked as the most published researcher at Durban University if Technology. He has supervised over 50 Masters and Doctoral students and 10 Post doctoral fellows served their tenure under his guidance. He has acted/current editor for CLEAN Soil Air Water (John Wiley & sons, Germany), Environmental Science and Health Part A (Taylor Francis, USA) and as a reviewer for 28 International Journals and contribution to 60 journal articles, 6 book chapters, 9 technical Reports (Water Research Commission, South Africa) and 70 conference presentations (national and international) and edited 2 books. His citations are in excess of 800 with an H Index of 16.

Prof Bux has attracted in excess of R 78 Million in external funding from a variety of funders. Prof Bux is an invited Member of the Management Committee of the International Water Association IWA) specialist group (Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering, MEWE) and actively involved in coordinating activities of MEWE globally. He is a Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa. Served on the Scientific program committee/Advisory board/Chair/Invited speaker of various national and International conferences. He is Member of many professional bodies nationally and internationally.

Prof Bux has served as reviewer many international funding agencies and is currently involved in two bilateral projects with Universities in India and Egypt. He serves as Scientific advisor for various NGO’s both in South Africa and internationally especially with regards to water quality issues. He established an extensive network of collaborators based at Universities both nationally and internationally with active student and staff exchange for team members in the Institute.

3 SARChI Chair: Professor Thor Axel Stenström
Tel: 031 3736703
Fax: 031 3732777
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Bio: DUT was awarded the first SARChI (South African Research Chair Initiative) in Development and Optimization of WasteWater Treatment Technology for Developing Economies. The SARChI Research Chair will assist the University in increasing its research capacity and contribute to the Human Resource Capital Development of the country and assist the University in driving its Research Strategy. Professor Thor Axel Stenström is the SARChI Research Chair. He completed his PhD at the University of Gothenburg in 1989.During the last 35 years he worked at “the inter-phase” between health and environmental questions, with a focus on Water and Sanitation. He has gained an international reputation in the areas of risk assessment and health-related environmental issues. His work included assessments of the barrier functions of water and wastewater processes in large and small-scale treatment, questions related to emergency response and multidisciplinary applied research, where technology and health impact relates to the agricultural as well as social fields.

Before taking up the position at the Durban University of Technology, he spent his time as a Chief Microbiologist at the Swedish Institute for Preventive Communicable Disease Control, as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bio-resource group of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and as a part-time professor at the University of Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Norway. He is acting as an advisor for WHO in Geneva, currently dealing with risk assessment and Sanitation Safety Planning. He was also a Government assigned focal point for The International Protocol on Water and Health, UN/ECE Secretariat. As such he was responsible for the international summary reporting (Regional report on the status of implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health) of national reports between 2010 and 2013. Professor Stenström also served as a technical expert for auditing of Water and Sanitation Projects for the European Court of Auditors.

As an applied researcher he has been heading and participating in research projects covering drinking water, wastewater and excreta, surface waters and integrated water, and wastewater management, both in industrialised countries and in developing economies. His work is related to drinking water and sanitation management practices in the combined interventions between diarrheal disease and dengue vector control in Asia and Latin America. He has been, and still is supervising several PhDs, both in Scandinavia and from countries representing developing economies, and has been evaluating PhD theses from Africa, Australia and Europe. He has an extensive publication record. He has approximately 500 invitations as an external national or international key note speaker and lecturer since 1990.

Untitled Senior Researcher: Dr Sheena Kumari
Tel: 031 373 2782
Campus: Steve Biko Campus


Dr. Sheena Kumari, is an NRF C3 rated Senior Researcher at IWWT and a recipient of the South African Woman in Science Awards  (2019, 1st runner up). Dr. Kumari is currently heading the wastewater research group at the institute and serving as the co-activity leader and coordinator for several national and international projects. She is the South African coordinator for a multi-institutional collaborative project between South Africa and the Netherlands funded through the Orange Knowledge Programme (Nuffic) (2019-2021), academic member of the Global Water Microbial Consortium, and also engaged in active collaborations with many National Institutions (EWS water and sanitation department, Umgeni Waters, Umhlathuze waters, UKZN, CSIR, CPUT, WRC, ERWAT, NICD) and International Institutions such as Columbia University (USA), Alborg University (Denmark), Oklahoma University (USA), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), University of Cyprus, University of Rennes, Tu Delft, World Water Academy (The Netherlands) etc. Dr Kumari’s research interest includes: application of advanced molecular biology techniques to comprehend the ecophysiology of microbes in full-scale wastewater treatment plants, optimization of low cost ANAMMOX process for nitrogen removal from wastewater, antibiotics resistant microbes/genes in wastewater, assessing the role of microplastics as carriers of emerging pathogens and chemicals in wastewater, genetic diversity of protozoans in wastewater treatment plants etc.

Dr. Kumari is actively involved in student capacity development at DUT. Five PhD and 7 Master’s students have completed thus far under her supervision. Currently, she is supervising/co-supervising 9 PhD and 10 Masters students and mentoring 4 Postdoctoral fellows. She has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals (>50), contributed to book chapters (7) and technical reports (5); and presented her research at numerous National and International forums (>50). She is also successful in acquiring research funds from various national and international funding agencies for the institute. She is a reference group member for the Water Research Commission (WRC) projects, panel member of the National Research Foundation (NRF), External examiner for Masters and Doctoral Theses, Reviewer for several International ISI journals, International Water Association (IWA), WRC as well as the NRF. She is also a professional member of the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), Academic Member of International Water Association (IWA) and Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA).

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Tel: 031 373 6750
Campus: Steve Biko Campus:

 default-avatar-e1448374196642 Admin Assistant: Mr Kriveshin Pillay
Tel: 031 373 6721
Campus: Steve Biko Campus