Research Associate / PhD Student

Estelle van der Walt, M. Sc.
Estelle van der Walt, M. Sc.

Research Associate / PhD Student

Tel.: +49 (0) 9421 187-447

TUM Campus Straubing
Uferstraße 53
94315 Straubing

Uferstraße 53, Room: 02.3505.111

Employment History
since 04/2024
PhD Student & Research Associate, Professorship for Bioprocess Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
2016 – 2020
Superintendent, Process development, Glencore Rhovan, South Africa. (DE: Superintendent, Prozessentwicklung, Glencore Rhovan, Südafrika)
2011 – 2016
Graduate Engineer, Process engineering, Xstrata Rhovan, South Africa. (DE: Diplom-Ingenieur, Verfahrenstechnik, Xstrata Rhovan, Südafrika)
10/2021 – 03/2024
Master of Science in Chemiche Biotechnologie, Technische Universität München, Campus Straubing für Biotechnologie und Nachhaltigkeit
Thesis: “Production of hydrolysate from agricultural residues”
2027 – 2010
B. Eng. Chemical engineering at the North West University Potchefstroom campus in South Africa. (DE: B. Ing. Chemieingenieurwesen am Campus der North West University Potchefstroom in Südafrika)
research project

The Transfer network for Boosting Industrial Bioeconomy (TransBIB), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) aims to reduce Germany’s dependence on non-renewable resources by facilitating faster transfer of biotechnological production processes from the lab into industrial scale. BVT supports TransBIB by generating process simulations for the up-scaling of biotechnological production processes. In addition, a database on capital and operating costs of industrial scale facilities will be established. Finally, the project aims to support start-ups and small and medium enterprises in scaling up by sharing information on the necessary permits, procedures and timelines to be considered when designing and building such facilities.

Link: TransBIB (Transfernetzwerk zur Beschleunigung industrieller Bioökonomie)


Professorship Bioprocess Engineering

Uferstraße 53
94315 Straubing


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Zavrel

Tel.: +49 (0) 9421 187-440


Nadine Piendl

Tel.: +49 (0) 9421 187-441