GROUP MEMBERS 
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Prof. Werner E. van Zyl

Research Focus: 

Water:

Desalination, membrane capacitive  

deionisation, redox active

electrodes and reverse 

osmosis processes

 

Energy: 

i) transparent and flexible 

solar cells and

ii) hydrogen and CO2 

generation, storage, conversion use

 

Biomass:

Conversion and fabrication  

-cellulose, nanocellulose, lignin and sugarcane

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BSc(Hons), MSc (RAU), PhD (Texas A&M)

Group Leader

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Dr. Vashen Moodley

Water purification processes, especially MCDI and redox active electrodes.

Use of nanocellulose in photocatalytic composites and catalysts.

BSc (Wits), BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (UKZN)

Post Doctoral Fellow

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Dr. Michael N. Pillay

Research Focus:

  • Development of analytical methods for the characterisation of materials. 

 

  • Synthesis of luminescent active molecules as precursors to optical and transmittive devices.

  • Coinage metal cluster chemistry

  • Luminescence and OLED materials.

Other Research Interests:

Gold Complexes, Solar Cells and biomaterials.

BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (UKZN)

Post Doctoral Fellow

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Denisha Gounden

Project

 

Development of solar cells using hybrid perovskites, phthalocyanines and cellulose components

Other research interests

Water treatment, heavy metal pollution in water systems, electrochemical sensors and non-linear optics

BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc (UKZN)

PhD Candidate

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Tunde Lewis Yusuf

Project

Molecular synthesis and their application as a photocatalyst

Other research interests

Nanoclusters, dithiophosphonate

ligands, X-Ray crystallography

BSc (Hons) (Ilorin, Nigeria), MSc (UI, Nigeria)

PhD Candidate

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Gregarious Muugani

Project

Water desalination and purification. Design and fabrication of membranes and electrodes

Other research interests

Instrument development and minituritation

BSc Ed., MSc Chem (BUSE), MCom Strategic Management (GZU, Zimbabwe)

PhD Candidate

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Erick Bakare

Project

 

Light harvesting properties of transition metal(II)  phthalocyanine complexes and their application in transparent solar cells.

Energy storage devices, based on supercapacitor and battery development.

 

Other research interests

Metal(II) complexes of Schiff bases of anthranilic acid for anti-microbial applications 

BSc (Hons) (CUL, Nigeria), MSc (UI, Nigeria)

PhD Candidate

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Emmanuel Mkumbuzi

Project

 

Synthesis of carbon fibres from renewable resources, especially lignin.

Other research interests

Synthesis and characterisation of novel dithiophosphinate compounds. Determination of their crystal structures and anti-bacterial properties. 

BSc, BSc (Hons) (NUST-ZIM), MSc (UKZN)

PhD Candidate

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Nadia Nirmal

Project

 

Production of nanocellulose from renewable resources and conductivity measurements of polypyrrole hybrid nanocomposites

 

Other research interests

Bacterial cellulose, alginate hydrogels, drug transportation, 

BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc (UKZN)

PhD Candidate

MSc Candidate

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Serena Naicker

Project

Synthesis and surface modification of nanocellulose for the templated biomineralization of inorganic molecules.

 

Other research interests

Oxidative catalysis, metal nanoparticles

BSc, BSc (Hons) (US)

MSc Candidate

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Welni Duminy

Project

 

Synthesis of chalcogen stabilized clusters of coinage metals

Other research interests

Crystallography,  

BSc, BSc (Hons) (WITS)

MSc Candidate

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