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Medicinal plants (phytochemicals), organic synthesis and analyses
The focus is the isolation and identification of phytochemicals and the testing of their anti-bacteria properties.
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
The focus is the preparation of nano-materials with different sizes and shapes.
Prof Moloto, Ms Xaba, Prof Dikio, Dr Viljoen
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
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
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
The focus is on the removal of organic pollutants from water using photocatalytic degradation and oxidation catalysis.
Dr Ofomaja, Prof Naidoo, Dr Viljoen
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
Chemistry Graduations for 2016
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
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
Chemistry Graduations for 2015
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.
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
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