DR BENSON BAARI GATHITU


POSITION
FACULTY: ENGINEERING SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
SCHOOL: MECHANICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
CURRENT DESIGNATION: SENIOR LECTURER
OFFICE EMAIL: bbgathitu@tukenya.ac.ke
OFFICE TELEPHONE: +254 723 11 88 00
CONSULTATION HOURS: 8AM-5PM MON - FRI
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EDUCATION
Qualification Area of Specialization Institution Year
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD)CHEMICAL ENGINEERINGUNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (UNITED STATES)2008
MASTERS OF SCIENCE (M.SC.)CHEMICAL ENGINEERINGUNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (UNITED STATES)2006
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSC)CHEMICAL ENGINEERINGUNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (UNITED STATES)2003
WORK EXPERIENCE
Period Position Institution
JUNE 2012 - PRESENTSENIOR LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERINGTHE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF KENYA (KENYA)
AUGUST, 2009 - JUNE, 2012LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERINGJOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY (KENYA)
GENERAL STATEMENT ON RESEARCH AREA(S)
I am interested in doing research and development in the area of Energy and the Environment where I have some experience. I am also currently interested in developing research in post-harvest food and crop processing.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Title Area
Production of Bio-Ethanol from Non-Edible Part and Evaluation of the Juice Crystallization Potential: Case Study of Sweet SorghumFood, Energy and Environment
Potential of Bioethanol as a Household Fuel in Urban Kenya: A Case Study of Nairobi CityEnergy and Environment
Optimization of Performance of Bio-ethanol Gel CookstoveEnergy and Environment
Retrofit of Kerosene Pressure Lamp to Utilize Vegetable Oil and Optimize PerformanceEnergy and Environment
Performance of a Waste Lubricating Oil Burner for Process Heating in Small To Medium EnterprisesEnergy and Environment
Development and Optimization of Performance of a Bench Scale Gasifier for Mui Basin CoalEnergy and Environment
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
- Bioethanol Production from Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Rio Sweet Sorghum Bagasse Grown in Kenya, 2015. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 3, Issue 4, Pg. 174-180 http://www.theijst.com/view.php?file_path=wp-content/uploads/2015/05/28.-ST1412-035-updated.pdf&id=1317
- Effects of Coal Interaction with Supercritical CO2: Physical Structure, 2009. INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, Vol. 48, Issue 10, Pg. 5024-5034 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie9000162
- Effects of Pretreatment of Coal by CO2 on Nitric Oxide Emission and Unburned Carbon in Various Combustion Environments, 2009. INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, Vol. 48, Issue 23, Pg. 10364-10374 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie901069k
- Efficient and Cost-Effective Reburning by Natural Gas Substitutes, 2010. FUEL, Vol. 89, Issue 9, Pg. 2569-2582 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236109005754
- Potential of Bioethanol as a Household Fuel for Middle-Income Urban Kenya: A Case Study of Nairobi City, 2013. JOURNAL OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICY, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Pg. 1-12 http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/JETP/issue/view/545
- Influence of Flow Parameters on Capture of Carbon Dioxide by Wet Scrubbing, 2013. JOURNAL OF POWER TECHNOLOGIES, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 9-15 http://papers.itc.pw.edu.pl/index.php/JPT/article/download/332/513
- Evaluating the Potential of Juice from Some Sweet Sorghum Varieties Grown in Kenya to Crystallize, 2014. FOOD SCIENCE AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT, Vol. 30, Pg. 31-39 http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/FSQM/article/view/15015
- Experimental Study of Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Comparisons from Bio-ethanol Gel Stoves, 2014. EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 3, Issue 7, Pg. 328-339 http://www.eijst.org.uk/images/frontImages/gallery/Vol._3_No._7/31.pdf
- Absorption of Flue Gas Carbon Dioxide in a Wet Scrubber using Sodium and Calcium Hydroxide Solvents, 2014. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Pg. 17-23 http://www.jkuat-sri.com/ojs/index.php/sri/article/view/8/4
- Effect of Waste Lubrication Oil Fuel Flow Rate on Combustion Emissions, 2014. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING, Vol. 1, Issue 4, Pg. 34-40 http://www.jkuat-sri.com/ojs/index.php/sri/article/view/248/189
- Design of Mixed Fuel for Heterogeneous Reburning, 2006. FUEL, Vol. 85, Issues 12-13, Pg. 1781-1793 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236106000615
- Straight Vegetable Oil Use in Kerosene Lamps to Mitigate In-door Air Pollution: A Review, 2013. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2013 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, Vol. 5, Pg. 1-6 http://www.jkuat-sri.com/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/4/60
CURRENT POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISION
Name Project Title Period
Dr. (Eng.) Hiram Muriithi NdirituCapture of Industrial Carbon Dioxide Emission by Wet Scrubbing2009 - 2012
Bonface Godwin MukabaneProduction of Bioethanol from Non-Edible Plant Biomass: Case Study of Sweet Sorghum Bagasse2012 - 2015
Joseph Mbothu MachandiPotential of Bioethanol Fuel as a Household Fuel in Urban Kenya: A Case Study of Nairobi2011 - 2014
Peter Obara OketchOptimization of Heat Transfer in a Bioethanol Gel Stove2010 - 2013
Abel Ogari NyakundiRetrofit of Pressure Lamp to Handle Vegetable Oil2011 - 2014
Stellamaris Nzove NdukuDevelopment and Optimization of Performance of a Bench Scale Gasifier for Mui Basin Coal 2013 to present
Bernard Otieno OwitiWaste Oil Combustion for Process Heating in Small to Medium Enterprises2013 to 2015

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