Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research aims to advance knowledge of bioprocess engineering that is relevant and excellent and will fuel South Africa’s developing bioeconomy through both fundamental and applied research. CeBER’s research contributes to the circular economy and resource efficiency while driving environmentally sustainable processes and socially responsive solutions in its transfer and application.

CeBER is recognised for its strong interdisciplinary focus, integrating biological understanding and process-engineering systems. Its particular strengths are in bioreactor design, integrated and sustainable bioprocesses, microbial ecology and associated dynamics, solid-liquid-gas contacting, mass transfer and fluid flow. These tools are applied in the study of a number of areas which include: mineral bioleaching; value from waste, considering solid waste, wastewater and mine water; algal biotechnology; alkane biotechnology; commodity products and fine chemical and health products.