Bilal Patel is a consultant at the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.He has received numerous awards during his PhD studies, including the NRF Scarce Skills Scholarship and the Mellon Postgraduate Mentoring Programme Scholarship.
His research interest is in the field of Process synthesis and integration. He is particularly interested in developing systematic methods and tools to aid in flowsheet synthesis, especially tools that can be implemented in the conceptual phase of the design process. These tools should aid in setting targets for processes in order to ensure that processes are designed to be efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable.