BIOGRAPHY: Professor Herman Potgieter (J.H.) Postgraduate qualifications: BSc (majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics) 1979 BSc (Hons) Chemistry 1980 MSc in Chemistry 1981 PhD (Metallurgy and Materials Engineering)- 1996 Doctor in Technologiae (Chemistry) - 2002 Herman started his career at the University of the Free State and obtained his BSc (majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics), BSc (Hons) Chemistry and MSc in Chemistry. Through part time studies he graduated with a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996 and with a Doctor in Technologiae in Chemistry at Technikon Pretoria in 2002. His working career started at the Atomic Energy Co-operation, after which he lectured at the University of Pretoria, continued on to Mintek (Council for Mineral Technology) as Principal Scientist, Pretoria Portland Cement as Senior Chemist, Technikon Pretoria as Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, and the University of Witwatersrand as Professor and Head of School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. Currently he holds a dual position as full professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Research, Enterprise and Innovation as Head of Analytical Development and Head of School for Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA. His research spans a myriad of areas, including stainless steels, especially with additions of Platinum group metals, polymers, water treatment, cement and lime, analytical method development and waste material abatement. He specializes in the corrosion behaviour of stainless steels, extraction of metals from ore and waste materials and the use of fly ash as a novel material. A total of 8 Ph.D, 35 master’s degree students and 92 undergraduate students have successfully completed their research projects under his supervision, and 3 more Ph.D students in the UKand another 2 in Southafrica, as well as 4 more M.Sc students in SA are currently being supervised. Nine postdoctoral researchers have worked with and were supervised by Herman during his academic career.
He has numerous contributions at national and international conferences and seminars and published just more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in ISI accredited journals. He has been cited more than 1200 times. He has published 4 chapters in books, holds 2 patents and has 45 conference proceeding papers. He is associate editor for the scientific journal Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of SAIMM and African Corrosion Journal.
Herman holds the status of CEng from the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining, as well as CChem from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a fellow of the following learned organisations: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, the Water Institute of Southern Africa and Associate Fellow of the South African Institute for Chemical Engineers/IChemE organisation. He is also member of the South African Corrosion Institute, South African Academy for Science and Art, Society for Chemical Industry (UK) and the Institute of Corrosion (UK).
Herman holds visiting positions at the following institutions: Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa as professor extraordinaire in metallurgical engineering.