Paul Beukes is a Chief Research Scientist at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus, 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 (ACRG) and Chromium Technology groups (CTG) at the NWU. The ACRG focuses on in-situ 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, carbon footprint and atmospheric emissions. Paul is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist.