Johan Paul Beukes
Paul Beukes (JP Beukes) is full professor in Chemistry at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa. He received his PhD (Chemistry) in 1999 from the then Pothefstroom University for CHE. Paul worked in the metallurgical industry for almost a decade after completing his PhD, holding various senior positions such a production manager and operations manager at large ferrochromium smelters. In late 2007 he returned to academia and is currently co-managing the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) and Chromium Technology Groups (CTG) at the NWU. The ACRG focuses mostly on in situ ambient atmospheric measurements, but research related to laboratory investigations, satellite observations and modelling is also conducted, while the CTG concentrate on metallurgical process improvements with associated atmospheric and/or other environmental co-benefits, e.g. reduced energy consumption, smaller carbon footprint and reduced water pollution. Paul is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist and serves on many advisory boards for industry, government and academia. Probably the most noteworthy panel that he is currently serving on is the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) scientific steering committee (SSC).