Dr Patrick Thabang Sekoai

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Patrick Thabang Sekoai obtained his BSc in Industrial & Applied Biotechnology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus), BSc Honours in Industrial & Applied Biotechnology, MSc (cum laude) in Microbiology, and PhD in Bioprocess Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research focuses on the utilization of organic waste materials for generation of biofuels such as biohydrogen, bioelectricity and biomethane production. He joined the HySA on the 1st of March as a postdoctoral fellow and will apply his biotechnological skills on related projects that are conducted at HySA.


BSc. in Industrial & Applied Biotechnology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2011

BSc. (Hons) in Industrial & Applied Biotechnology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2012

MSc. (cum laude) in Microbiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2014

PhD. in Bioprocess Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2017

Recent Publications

Sekoai, P.T., Ayeni, A.O., Daramola, M.O. (2017). Parametric optimization of biohydrogen production from potato waste and scale-up study using immobilized anaerobic mixed sludge. Waste and Biomass Valorization. Springer. Vol. 0. pp 1-13.

Sekoai, P.T., Awosusi, A.A., Yoro, K.O., Singo, M., Oloye, O., Ayeni, A.O., Bodunrin, M.O., Daramola, M.O. (2017). Microbial cell immobilization in biohydrogen production – A short overview. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology. Taylor & Francis. Vol. 38. pp 1-15.

Sekoai, P.T., Daramola, M.O. (2017). The Potential of Dark Fermentative Biohydrogen Production from Biowaste Effluents in South Africa. International Journal of Renewable Energy Research (IJRER). Vol. 7. pp 359-378.

Sekoai, P.T., Yoro, K.O., Daramola, M.O. (2016). Batch Fermentative Biohydrogen Production Process Using Immobilized Sludge from Organic Solid Waste. Environments. MDPI. Vol. 3. pp 38.

Sekoai, P.T. (2016). Modelling and Optimization of Operational Setpoint Parameters for Maximum Fermentative Biohydrogen Using Box-Behnken Design. Fermentation. MDPI. Vol. 2. pp 15.

Sekoai, P.T., Yoro, K.O. (2016). Biofuel Development Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities and Challenges. Climate. MDPI. Vol. 4. pp 33.

Yoro, K.O., Sekoai, P.T. (2016). The potential of CO2 Capture and Storage Technology in South Africa’s Coal РFired Thermal Power Plants. Environments. MDPI. Vol. 3. pp 24.