Dr Taurai Mutanda
Dr Mutanda is a seasoned researcher and lecturer and has been recognized by the NRF as an emerging researcher in the field of Bioenergy and Microalgal Biotechnology. He holds a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences, MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Biochemistry.

Dr Mutanda has been awarded prestigious awards such as the Claude Leon Foundation Fellowship, and the NRF Free Standing Fellowship. Dr Mutanda has published widely and has contributed 4 Book Chapters.

He is currently supervising and co-supervising postgraduate students at Honours, Masters and PhD Level.

 Quote:   "In my experience the zeal for acquisition and contribution to knowledge through meaningful research can tremendously change and shape our world!".
Position:   Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD
Discipline:   Microbiology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 8226
 Email:   mutanda@ukzn.ac.za
 Recent Publications:   Mutanda T., Ramesh D. Anandraj A. and Bux F. 2013. Sustainable biodiesel production using wastewater streams and microalgae in South Africa in: A. Gurib-Fakim and J. N. Eloff (eds.), Chemistry for sustainable Development in Africa. ICSU Regional office for Africa in collaboration with Springer – Verlag Heidelberg, Germany. p. 49-67 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29642-0-4.

Taurai Mutanda & Faizal Bux (2013) Introduction; Enumeration of microalgal cells. In Faizal Bux (Ed.) Potential biotechnological applications of microalgae: Biodiesel and value added products. Taylor and Francis, New York .pp 1-6; pp 45-50. (2 Chapters).

Rawat I, Ranjith Kumar R, Mutanda T, and Bux F. (2013) Biodiesel from microalgae: A critical evaluation from laboratory to large scale production. Journal of Applied Energy. 103: 444-467. IF 4.7831.

Mutanda T., Ramesh D., Karthikeyan S, Kumari S., Anandraj A. and Bux F. 2011. Bioprospecting for Hyper Lipid Producing Microalgal Strains for Sustainable biofuel production. Bioresource Technology. 102: 57-70. Doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.077. IF 4.750.

Mutanda T. Karthikeyan S. and Bux F. (2011) The Utilization of Post-Chlorinated Municipal Domestic Wastewater for Biomass and Lipid Production by Chlorella sp. under Batch Conditions. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 164(7): 1126-1138 DOI: 10.1007/s12010-011-9199-x. IF 1.879.

Rawat Ismail., Ranjith Kumar R., Mutanda Taurai and Bux Faizal (2011) Dual role of microalgae: Phycoremediation of domestic wastewater and biomass production for sustainable biofuels production. Journal of Applied Energy. 88: 3411–3424. IF 4..

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