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Annie Fabian Abel Chimphango

Country of origin: Malawi Currently in: South Africa, Cape Town General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
Academic Background


2010 Doctorate Engineering sciences
1997 Master Engineering sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Engineering sciences

Bioresource research activities involve bioprocessing engineering, integrated biorefinery development, value addition to agricultural and forest residues, biomass fractionation, advanced biomaterials, functional composites and nanocomposites, nanoparticles, active packaging, postharvest technologies, agroprocessing

Publications resulting from Research: 

Mugwagwa, L. R., & Chimphango, A. F. A. (2019). Box-Behnken design based multi-objective optimisation of sequential extraction of pectin and anthocyanins from mango peels. Carbohydrate polymers, 219, 29-38.

Chimphango, A. F. A. (2019). Sorption Behaviour of Enzymatically and Chemically Formed Beechwood (Fagus sylvatica) Xylan Hydrogels onto Cellulosic Materials Under Different Sorption Conditions. Journal of polymers and the environment, 27(3), 561-570.

Dzigbor, A., & Chimphango, A. (2019). Production and optimization of NaCl-activated carbon from mango seed using response surface methodology. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 9(2), 421-431.

Dzigbor, A., & Chimphango, A. (2019). Evaluating the potential of using ethanol/water mixture as a refrigerant in adsorption cooling system by using activated carbon-sodium chloride composite adsorbent. International Journal of Refrigeration, 97, 132-142.

Dzigbor, A., & Chimphango, A. (2019). An integrated strategy targeting drying and cooling unit operations to improve economic viability and reduce environmental impacts in a mango processing plant. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 21(1), 139-153.

Nkolisa, N., Magwaza, L. S., Workneh, T. S., & Chimpango, A. (2018). Evaluating evaporative cooling system as an energy-free and cost-effective method for postharvest storage of tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.) for smallholder farmers. Scientia horticulturae, 241, 131-143.

Chitawo, M. L., Chimphango, A. F., & Peterson, S. (2018). Modelling sustainability of primary forest residues-based bioenergy system. Biomass and bioenergy, 108, 90-100.

Mihiretu, G. T., Brodin, M., Chimphango, A. F., Øyaas, K., Hoff, B. H., & Görgens, J. F. (2017). Single-step microwave-assisted hot water extraction of hemicelluloses from selected lignocellulosic materials–A biorefinery approach. Bioresource technology, 241, 669-680.

Chitawo, M. L., & Chimphango, A. F. (2017). A synergetic integration of bioenergy and rice production in rice farms. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 75, 58-67.

Koegelenberg, D., & Chimphango, A. F. (2017). Effects of wheat-bran arabinoxylan as partial flour replacer on bread properties. Food chemistry, 221, 1606-1613.

Chimphango, A. F., Görgens, J. F., & van Zyl, W. H. (2016). In situ enzyme aided adsorption of soluble xylan biopolymers onto cellulosic material. Carbohydrate polymers, 143, 172-178.

Chimphango, A. F., & Görgens, J. F. (2015). Postharvest technology for advancing sustainable bioenergy production for food processing. British Food Journal, 117(12), 2850-2862.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Associate Professor in chemical engineering lecturing undergraduate courses ( Heat and Mass Transfer and Environmental Engineering) and Research in Bioresource Engineering, Postharvest technologies, Integrated Biorefineries, Advanced biomaterials and Nanoparticles


Leadership for Environment and Development
Systems Dynamics
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Jan 2019
C2-NRF Rating
Mar 2015
Australian African Award
Australian Awards Fellowship Programme "Improving agricultural productivity: increasing the impact of African agricultural value chain research.
Jul 2014
Rectors Award
Stellenbosch University Rectors Award for General performance in Teaching and Research
Jun 2017
INP Visiting Professor
INP Visiting Professor at Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-industrielle (LCA), Toulouse, France
Oct 2006
Women in Science
Women in Science Award by the Department of Science and Technology , South Africa
Jun 2007
The Knut and Kringstad Award for best poster presentation
The Knut and Kringstad Award for best poster presentation at the 14th International Symposium on Wood, Fibre and Pulping Chemistry ( ISWFPC) &12th APPW, Durban, South Africa, 25-28 June 2007