About our Staff
Prof. Robert Knutsen, Director
Robert Knutsen has been the Director of the Electron Microscope Unit since January 2020. His research interests lie in the microstructure-property relationships of metallic materials with current interests particularly directed at titanium alloys and power plant steels. Advanced materials characterisation is critical in these studies and Robert continues to make extensive use of SEM-Based electron backscattered diffraction, a technique that he introduced to South Africa as far back as 1994.
Mrs Miranda Waldron, General Enquiries and SEM applications specialist
Responsible for Scanning Electron Microscopy, Lab Management and Routine Services.
Mr Michael Woodward, Maintenance Technician
Responsible for equipment maintenance.
Mr Mohammed A. Jaffer, TEM applications specialist
Responsible for Transmission EM and Ultramicrotomy - cryo and conventional.
Sean Karriem, Technical Officer
Responsible for security, general lab management, health and safety, laboratory logistics and waste disposal.
Mrs Nasheeta Hanief, E-Beam writing and Materials specialist
Nasheeta has a Masters degree in Materials Engineering and is doing her PhD in Physics. She is responsible for E-Beam writing on the MIRA Scanning Electron Microscope as well as general SEM and TEM work.
Dr Jeremy Woodward, Bioscience and Cryo-Microscopy
Jeremy has a PhD in Structural Biology and is responsible for bioscience and cryo-TEM in the E.M. Unit.