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Luvuyo Tyhoda

Senior Lecturer in Wood Science at Stellenbosch


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Butterworth South Africa

Luvuyo Tyhoda is a senior lecturer in Wood Science at Stellenbosch University. He has over 15 years of experience in wood characterization and processing, especially in biomass fractionation and pretreatment, lignin utilization, biomass composite products and wood protection.

Contact details

O: 0218083298


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Business Address

Bosman Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7600


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Publication

in Wood Composites

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in Biorefinery

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Current Position(s)

Senior Lecturer in Wood Science | Forest and Wood Science | Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2009 - present

Academia, Education and Training

I teach Wood Anatomy and Identification, Wood Chemistry and Wood Composite Materials


Previous Position(s)


Visiting Scientist | KTH
Stockholm, Sweden | September 2009 - December 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Research


Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Biofuels Research Chair | Stellenbsoch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2008 - 2009

Consulting and Project Management

In 2008, I joined the Renewable and Biofuels research group as a post doctoral research fellow. My research focuses on the determination of the effect of the different biomass physical and chemical components on enzymatic hydrolysis. In addition, I focuses on the development and establishment of advanced analytical techniques for the analysis of biomass feed stocks.

Educational history

Secondary

Vuli Valley High School, Butterworth, South Africa (1995)

Tertiary

Stellenbosch University

2000 - 2002

MSc - Forestry (Wood Science

University of Fort Hare

1996 - 2000

BSc - Chemistry

Achievements

Academic Achievements

Publication | 2017

Publication

Publication | 2017

The feasibility of manufacturing phosphate bonded wood composite board products from four locally occurring invasive acacia tree species i.e. Acacia cyclops, A. saligna, A. mearnsii and A. longifolia, was studied using a formulated magnesium oxide and monopotassium phosphate binder system. A fitted response surface plot was used to show the effect of the main factors and their interactions on the measured board properties. A response surface model was developed to predict the parameters leading to the best board properties. All physical properties evaluated met or exceeded the minimum requirements for low density particleboards. The results showed that the variables considered have significant effects on the physical properties of the boards.

Publication | 2017

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Publication | 2017

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Publication | 2013

Publication | 2011

Publication | 2014

Publication | 2015

Publication | 2016

Activities

Memberships

International Research Group on Wood Protection

Memaber, January 2009 - present

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South African Institute of Forestry

Chairperson (Western Cape Branch), January 2015 - present

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