A BEBUC PhD Candidate in University of cap Town

Théodore is a PhD candidate, working in the Hydromet Research Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. He has been a BEBUC scholar since 2012 and he obtained the BEBUC Award in 2015. He currently is a holder of a bachelor degree obtained in Chemistry with four distinctions and one great distinction from
the University of Kinshasa (2016).

Théodore started his master studies in Chemical Engineering in April 2017, specializing in Hydrometallurgy.His research relates to copper extraction from chalcopyrite. In early 2019, he was proposed to upgrade his MSc to PhD studies. He was granted funding from the National Research Foundation (NRF) through the Mineral Beneficiation Research Chair of his supervisor. His research project was presented in June and approved in July 2019.

Since then, he has been registered as a PhD student
with the provisional thesis title “Mechanistic Study of
the Effect of Organic Additives on the Dissolution of
Chalcopyrite in Sulphate Media”. His research was presented at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Conference in November 2019. On his way, he faced some challenges; he specifically
went through a surgery (hip replacement) four months after starting the master studies. During these hard times he was strongly supported by
his wonderful personal sponsor, both financially and