Dr Elaine Govender-Opitz, University of Cape Town

Dr Elaine Govender-Opitz has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town (2015). Her specialist knowledge of mineral leaching technologies sits in an interdisciplinary space in bioprocess engineering and extends to investigating the impact of mining activities on the water-energy food nexus. Dr Govender-Opitz holds a Y rating from the NRF, and she participates in the EU Horizon 2020 BIORECOVER research project where her role is to model the kinetics and process flowsheets for the treatment of critical raw materials.