Prof. Bruce Sithole

Forestry & Forest Products Research Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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Bruce Sithole is a Principal Researcher and Director, Forestry & Forest Products Research Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal/Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Durban.  He is an honorary professor in Chemical Engineering at UKZN where he supervises MSc and PhD students working on biorefinery topics, cellulose chemistry, and pulp and papermaking technologies. His main research focus is on development and implementation of biorefinery technologies, specifically those aimed at beneficiation of forestry, pulp and paper mill wastes.  The purpose of the research is to contribute to the revitalization and resilience of the pulp and paper industry by diversifying into biorefinery activities that will add more value to the bottom lines of the mills.  He was previously with the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada where he worked on R&DI on pulp and papermaking technologies.  


  • BSc (hons), chemistry, University of Sierra Leone
  • MSc, chemistry, University of Aberdeen
  • PhD, Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • NRF rated scientist
  • Publications:  Over 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals.