Dr Harry Chiririwa is passionate about what he does.
Dr Harry Chiririwa, a post-doctoral fellow at VUT in the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Science Research Association. The international body, which publishes academic journals, was so impressed with the papers that Dr Chiririwa continually submits for publication that they selected him to join them.
“It is a very exciting opportunity. To be appointed shows that researchers, especially my peers, appreciate my work. It is actually good for VUT too as I will not be representing myself only but also representing VUT and putting it out there on a map,” he said.
Dr Chiririwa graduated with a PhD in Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry from the University of Cape Town. He joined the Research Centre for Synthesis and Catalysis at the University of Johannesburg in January 2011 before moving to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the same institution in 2013. In 2015 he joined the Vaal University of Technology after a stint at the National University of Science & Technology in Zimbabwe as a Lecturer. He also serves on the Scientific Board of Civil & Environmental Engineers (International Journal of Research in Chemical, Metallurgical and Civil Engineering (IJRCMCE) and is also a Committee member of the Scientific and Technical Committee & Editorial Review Board on Civil and Environmental Engineering (World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology) WASET. He was also recently appointed to serve as an Advisory Committee Member of the Functional Nanomaterials Centre of the Department of Chemical and Process Systems Engineering, Harare Institute of Technology in Zimbabwe.
His research work entails development of new methodologies for the synthesis of organometallic complexes and their applications in both medicine and catalysis and main interest is on utilizing and developing inorganic chemistry as a tool to answer questions arising in biomedical and biological disciplines. Most recently he has been involved in wastewater treatment and characterization and synthesis of nanoparticles as potential candidates for a wide range of uses in the chemical industry. “VUT has vast resources and tremendous support particularly from the Research Office and students must explore all opportunities available to them and pursue postgraduate studies,” he said in a bid to encourage students to study further and write journal articles.