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Research

 

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Research areas

Medicinal plants (phytochemicals), organic synthesis and analyses

The focus is the isolation and identification of phytochemicals and the testing of their anti-bacteria properties.

Dr Mtunzi

Recent publications:

Document: Alternative calibration techniques for counteracting the matrix effects in GC-MS-SPE pesticide residue analysis - A statistical approach
Authors of Document: Rimayi, C., Odusanya, D., Mtunzi, F., Tsoka, S.
Source of the Document: Chemosphere (2015)118 (1), pp. 35-43

Document: Pharmacological properties of pomaria sandersonii, pentanisia prunelloides and alepidea amatymbica extracts using in vitro assays
Authors of Document: Muleya, E., Ahmed, A.S., Sipamla, A.M., Mtunzi, F.M., Mutatu, W.
Source of the Document: Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy 7 (1), 5E91750300


Nanotechnology

The focus is the preparation of nano-materials with different sizes and shapes.

Prof Moloto, Ms Xaba, Prof Dikio, Dr Viljoen

Recent publications:

Document: Fabrication of a schottky device using CuSe nanoparticles: Colloidal versus microwave digestive synthesis
Authors of Document: Kalenga, M.P., Govindraju, S., Airo, M., Moloto, M.J., Sikhwivhilu, L.M., Moloto, N.
Source of the Document: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2015) 15 (6), pp. 4480-4486

Document: The effect of water-soluble capping molecules in the "green" synthesis of CdS nanoparticles using the (Z)-2-(pyrrolidin-2-ylidene)thiourea ligand
Authors of Document: Xaba, T., Moloto, M.J., Moloto, N.
Source of the Document: Materials Letters (2015) 146, pp. 91-95

Document: Synthesis of helical carbon fibers and related materials: A review on the past and recent developments
Authors of Document: Raghubanshi, H., Dikio, E.D.
Source of the Document: Nanomaterials (2015) 5 (2), pp. 937-968

Document: An investigation of the effects of conventional and microwave heating system on the doping of graphene oxide with Ni in aqueous solution
Authors of Document: Vala, R.M.K., Dikio, C.W., Ayawei, N., Mtunzi, F.M., Dikio, E.D.
Source of the Document: Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures (2015)10 (3), pp. 837-845


Adsorption

The focus is on the removal of organic and inorganic pollutants from water through adsorption.

Dr Ofomaja, Dr Pakade, Prof Naidoo, Ms Pholosi, Prof Dikio

Recent publications:

Document: Application of raw and modified pine biomass material for cesium removal from aqueous solution
Authors of Document: Ofomaja, A.E., Pholosi, A., Naidoo, E.B.
Source of the Document: Ecological Engineering (2015) 82, pp. 258-266

Document: Evaluation of N-terminated siloxanes grafted onto lignocellulose as adsorbent for the removal of phenol red from water
Authors of Document: Vala, R.M.K., Tichagwa, L., Dikio, E.D.
Source of the Document: International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 12 (8), pp. 2723-2730

Document: Coconut (Cocosnucifera) Shell Biomass as an Adsorbent for the Sorption of Pb2+ from Aqueous Solution
Authors of Document: Donbebe, W., Dixon, D.E.
Source of the Document: Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment (2015) 19 (2), pp. 72-81

Document: Comparative study of coconut shell and palm kernel shell biomass as adsorbents for sorption of Pb2+from aqueous solution
Authors of Document: Wankasi, D., Dikio, E.D.
Source of the Document: Asian Journal of Chemistry (2015) 27 (2), pp. 690-696


Catalyses

The focus is on the removal of organic pollutants from water using photocatalytic degradation and oxidation catalysis.

Dr Ofomaja, Prof Naidoo, Dr Viljoen

Recent publications:

Document Preparation of CN-dots/F-NiO nanocomposite for enhanced photocatalytic degradation of selected organic pollutants
Authors of Document: Reddy Prasad, P., Ofomaja, A.E., Naidoo, E.B.
Source of the Document: Applied Surface Science (2015) 327, pp. 13-21

Document: Ultrasonic synthesis of high fluorescent C-dots and modified with CuWO4 nanocomposite for effective photocatalytic activity
Authors of Document: Reddy Prasad, P., Naidoo, E.B.
Source of the Document: Journal of Molecular Structure 1098, pp. 146-152

2016

Chemistry Graduations for 2016

First semester

50 BTech students graduated, ten were cum laude- Semakaleng Vivian Kganyago, Mahadi Lesoana, Ntandokazi Mabungela, Boitumelo Makgabutlane, Londolani Charity Maremeni, Tintshwalo Nomsa Shirley MBazima, Gloria Nokhabyo Mbewana, Zondi Nate, Obakeng Boilanyo Nchoe, Moses Motlatsi Tsalong

2 MTech students Deborah Mmamoraga Tebogo Chauke and Elsie Mmankaeya Mosia

Vice-Chancellor's Awards (Awards are for students who obtained highest average in the Faculty)

Mohadi Lesoana for BTech Chemistry

Wanda Bout for MTech Chemistry

Second semester

15 BTech students

1 MTech student Keikantse Moses Pule

H-index as given by Scopus (updated on 30th of May 2016)

Dr Ofomaja: 23

Prof Moloto: 8

Prof Naidoo: 7

Prof Dikio: 7

Dr Pakade: 6

Dr Viljoen: 4

Dr Mtunzi: 3

External Funding and donations

  • Prof Moloto NRF CSUR funding
  • Ms Xaba, Dr Pakade and Dr Viljoen have each received Thuthuka funding
  • Ms A Pholosi has received the 2015 NRF-DST Sabbatical Grant Awards and is on sabbatical for 2016
  • Dr Ofomaja and Dr Viljoen have each received Sasol funding
  • Dr Viljoen has received 6 algae reactors from NMMU


2015

Chemistry Graduations for 2015

First semester

15 BTech students graduated, two were cum laude – Mnqiwu Khumbulani and Sebake Sowela

4 MTech students graduated – Kupeta Albert, Dikio Charity, More Dikeledi and Morifi Eric. Kupeta Albert graduated cum laude.

Second semester

11 BTech students graduated, one cum laude student – Mokubung, Kopano Edward

1MTech student graduated cum laude – Bout, Wanda

Funding from NRF

  • Prof Moloto has received NRF CSUR funding for three years
  • Ms Xaba and Dr Pakade received Thuthuka funding for three years
  • Ms Xaba received NRF sabbatical funding and has visited the University of Manchester for six months.
  • Ms A Pholosi has received the 2015 NRF-DST Sabbatical Grant Awards and will take a sabbatical in the near future.

Publications and citations for 2015

  • Prof Dikio has published 10 papers, 7 have been accepted and 6 have been submitted.
  • Prof Moloto has published 5 papers, 2 have been accepted and 3 have been submitted.
  • Dr Ofomaja has published 2 papers, 1 has been accepted and 3 have been submitted.
  • Dr Mtunzi has published 2 papers
  • Prof Naidoo has published 5 papers and 1 conference proceeding

Citations for 2015 as given by Scopus (updated on 30th of May 2016)

Dr Ofomaja: 257

Prof Naidoo: 56

Prof Moloto: 42

Prof Dikio: 32

Dr Pakade: 30

Dr Viljoen: 14

Dr Mtunzi: 5

Conferences for 2015

Student Supervisors Conference name City/Country Date (2015)
Prof Moloto Advanced Materials and Nano (AMN-7) New Zeeland February
Agnes Pholosi Prof Naidoo, Dr Ofomaja 4th international conference on multifunctional hybrid and nanomaterials Barcelona, Spain March
Agnes Pholosi Prof Naidoo, Dr Ofomaja American Intritute of Chemical Engineering Spring meeting (15 AIChE) America, Austin April
Agnes Pholosi Dr Ofomaja Attending the Nobel Laureate meeting Monaco June
Agnes Pholosi Prof Naidoo, Dr Ofomaja 5th International Colloids Conference Netherlands 21-24 June
Simon Sibokoza Prof Moloto

The 17th SACI (INORG2015) conference

Grahamstown 28 Jun – 2 Jul
Themba Ntuli Dr Ofomaja & Dr Pakade The 17th SACI (INORG2015) conference Grahamstown 28 Jun – 2 Jul
Mapule Thabede Dr Viljoen & Prof Moloto The 17th SACI (INORG2015) conference Grahamstown 28 Jun – 2 Jul
Adeniyi Osikoya Prof Dikio TechConnect World USA 14-18 June
Dawid Shooto Prof Dikio TechConnect World USA 14-18 June
Prof Dikio TechConnect World USA 14-18 June
(keynote invitation) Prof Moloto The 17th SACI (INORG2015) conference Grahamstown 28 Jun – 2 Jul
Mapule Thabede Dr Viljoen & Prof Moloto The 42th SACI conference Durban 27 Nov- 4 Dec
Kelebogile Mmelesi Dr Ofomaja & Dr Viljoen The 42th SACI conference Durban 27 Nov- 4 Dec
Saheed Sanni Dr Ofomaja & Dr Viljoen The 42th SACI conference Durban 27 Nov- 4 Dec
Prof Moloto The 42th SACI conference Durban 27 Nov- 4 Dec

Click link to see: Research output for 2014

Event hosted at VUT by Chemistry in 2014


For further details please visit: www.vut-research.ac.za