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Research conducted by users of the EM Unit

Brief description of some projects carried out in 2020:

  • Biochemistry, WITS

    Martin Bernert: Investigating telomere dynamics in Oesophageal Squamous Carcinoma cells using standard and AuNP based assays

  • Biological Sciences, UCT

    Muthama Muasya: A new species of restionaceae

    Megan Woolley: Investigation of calicium deposits in mosasaurid teeth

  • Biomedical Forensic Science, UCT

    Pearl Perumal: Investigation into bone damage using different implements

  • Biotechnology, UWC

    Dorcas Zide: Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles using pear extract.

    Lindiwe Ndebele: Green synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles from Pyrus communis L Bon Rouge and Packham's Triumph fruit


    Moagi Shaku: Cell wall hydrolases in mycobacterium sp

  • Chemical Engineering, UCT

    Deborah Chikukwa: Oxidation of primary alcohol to aldehyde in the presence of linear alkane using a biofabricated palladium-gold catalyst
    Dominic De Oliveira: Phase and structural changes of nickel catylysts as a function of reaction conditions.
    Gerard Letaba: Catalytic properties of Pt-based bimetallic catalysts
    Jacolien du Plessis: Antisolvent crystallization of rare earth sulfates using fluidised bed reactor
    Jessica Chamier: Ceramic catalyst support materials.
    Joe Itota: The interaction between ionomer molecules and supported catalyst
    Kalpana Maraj: Biofilters for the Treatment of Polluted Runoff from Informal Settlements
    Katjia Shaik: Dissolution of PtS in iodide-iodine solution
    Khasu Motlokoa: Synthesis of water gas shift reaction catalysts
    Luis Lazcano: Electrochemical behaviour of chalcopyrite in chloride system
    Moritz Wolf: Phase transformations in Fischer-Tropsch Co catalysts
    Nomxolisi Dywili: Hydrogen Fuel Cells Research and Technology Development Green Technology contributing to the Hydrogen Economy
    Ntokozo Mzolo: Monolith Catalyst Supports for Hydrogen Production
    Nyasha Mawungwe: Fabrication of PEM Electrolyser CCMs by Ultrasonic Spraying
    Palesa Diale:Environmental aspects of algal bio-process technology, with specific focus on metal removal and bioenergy
    Raeesa Mohamed: Electrolyser catalyst and CCM research
    Richard Martin: Atomic Scale Characterisation of Pt-Re/CeO2 for the Water Gas Shift Reaction
    Shaine Raseale: ODH of ethane with CO2 over MO support
    Silethukuthula Mathe: Effect of manganese concentration on the CO adsorption over Co/SiO2 Fischer-Tropsch catalyst
    Sonka Tatsi: Application of the Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Nanobalance (EQCN) to better understand electrocatalysts
    Sumbo Oluwatosin: Enhancing the stability of probiotic Lactobacillus during freeze drying
    Taona Chagwedera: Gypsum seeding to prevent scale formation and improve separation efficiency
    Thulani Nyathi: Crystallite size-effects of Co3O4 catalysts on the preferential oxidation of CO in H2-rich gases
    Tita Labi: Iridium dioxide as a triple layer OER catalyst in low temperature PEMFCs
    Tlaleng Lemeke: MAX phases as electrocatalysts supports for fuel cells
    Tyler America: Advanced fuel cell catalyst support materials
    Veruschia Padayachee: Synthesis of pure hcp co nanoparticles for FT synthesis
    Wijnand Marquart: Synthesis and characterisation of nano-particulate mixed-metal cobalt oxides
    Ziba Shabir Hussein: Synthesis of supported iridium oxide ecolution electrocatylists
    Ziyanda Jabe: MEA with Pt/carbon catalyst layers and a reversal tolerant anode with IrO2

  • Chemical Engineering, CPUT

    Abiola Ezekiel Taiwo: Cement sampling and analysis

    Miriam de Almeida: Performance of selected biomass solid catalysts for biodiesel production

  • Chemistry, UCT

    Ana de Sousa: Virtual screening as a tool to discover new β-haematin inhibitors with activity against malaria parasites
    Roxanne Mohunlal: An investigation into the trafficking of lipids in the malaria parasite

  • Chemistry, UWC

    Nicole Sibuyi: MCDI evaluation and industrial stack development
    Onyinyechi Uhuo: Electrosensitive Aptasensor for Interferon-gamma Tuberculosis Biomarker
    Shonny Nkuna: Development of a nanotechnology-based rapid diagnostic system for the detection of soil-transmitted helminthiasis
    Tendai Tawonezvi: Development of Nickel-Iron Batteries
    Winnie Monama: Catalytic olefin oligomerization over modified multi-porous zeolites
    Zimkhitha Nqakala: Synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles for antibacterial activities.

  • Chemistry, CPUT

    Michael Ovbare Akharame: Beta-FeOOH/polymer nanocomposites for remediation of wastewater

  • Chemistry, Vaal University of Technology

    Elvera Viljoen: Value from waste: Bioreactor selection for the production of the value products from wastewater

  • Chemistry and Polymer Science, University of Stellenbosch

    Gabriela Garbonova: The synthesis and investigation of PVP based hydrogels
    Joshua Hensberg: The Preparation of Fluorous-Stabilized Au Nanoparticle Catalysts for the Biphasic Transformation of Olefins
    Lambert Paulse: Porous carbon and ceramic nanocomposite nanofibres
    Mauritz Pretorius: Ternary hydrogel blends for medical applications
    Nonkosi Matinise: The synthesis of hydrophilic metal nanoparticles and their evaluation as catalysts in biphasic catalysis

  • Civil Engineering, UCT

    Alice Titus: Advancement of biogenic corrosion prediction model for concrete sewer pipes, based on the Life Factor Method (LFM)
    Caitlin Courtney: Developing a reverse osmosis method for the concentration of stabilized urine
    Daniel Adeleke: An Investigation into the Effects of Asperities on Geomembrane-Geotextile Interface Shear Characteristics
    Kipembawe Asekwa: The assessment of slope stability using numerical modelling
    Ichebadu Amandi: Performance based approach towards the use of fine recycled aggregate concrete

  • Centre for Materials Engineering, UCT

    Chenesai Nyakunu: The mechanical effects of manufacturing Ti6Al4V parts as function of high speed selective laser melting practice
    Graham Morris: Anisotropy in AA5182 Aluminium Alloy
    Soraya von Willingh: Prior austenite grain boundries

  • Drug Discovery and Development Centre, UCT

    Lauren Arendse: Plasmodium Kinases

  • Geological Sciences, UCT

    Philip Janney: Geochemistry of central African kimberlites
    Wendy Taylor: Fossils from the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary in RSA

  • Hair and Skin Research Lab, UCT

    Claire van den Berg: The structural and mechanical properties of hair

  • Human Biology, UCT

    Clara van Niekerk: Nanoplastics in fishbrains
    Rosslee Guess: Design and Development of an Electrospun Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve for Tissue Engineering

  • Integrated Biomedical Science, UCT

    Alexander Giddey: Mycobacterial Response to Drug Stress
    Lizelle Lubbe: Structural biology of angiotensin converting enzyme
    Nicolette Hendricks: Hand held biosensor for detecting pathogens via surface enhanced RAMAN scattering.
    Phillip Venter: Structural elucidation of a novel OlsB protein
    Risa Bagwandin: SERS based assay for the detection of mycobacterial lipids in patient

  • iThemba Labs 

    Floyd Mabiala: Pb-Sn binary perovskite solar cell by chemical vapour deposition
    Hamza Mohamed: Biosynthesis of Rare Earth Oxides

  • Mechanical Engineering, CPUT

    Dumo Mpumlwana: Mechanical Properties of a heat treated commercially pure grade 2 titanium
    Sipokazi Mabuwa: Comparative Study between the Processed and Unprocessed TIG Welded Joints

  • Mechanical Engineering, UCT

    Mcebo Mahlalela: Design and Development of cryogenic grinder for seaweed
    Mitchell Antonites: Refurbishment of high speed bio-generator with SPM configuration

  • Medical Biochemistry and Structural Biology, UCT

    Arthur Sarron: Cryo-EM and directed evolution reveal how nitrilase specificity is influenced by its quaternary structure
    Lizelle Lubbe: Structural biology of angiotensin converting enzyme
    Melissa Marx: Characterising host cellular mechanisms modulating HPV entry
    Phillip Venter: Structural elucidation of a novel OlsB protein

  • Medical Bioscience, UWC

    Taahirah Boltman: The development of targeting nanosystems for the treatment of glioblastoma and neuroblastoma tumours

  • Medical Virology, UCT

    Philindile Ximba: Recombinant expression, characterization and immunology of zero induced protein bodies

  • Molecular and Cell Biology, UCT

    Abby Gwynn: The development of therapeutics and DNA vaccines using a phage antibody display library for disease management in farmed dusky kale
    Alta Van Zyl: HPV vaccine development
    Aune Angobe: The production of vaccine candidates against Human papillomavirus (HPV)
    Chrissie Maddock: Understanding desiccation tolerance in the resurrection plant Eragrostis nindensis: towards increased food security
    Inge Pietersen: Production of a pant-produced VLP-based vaccine candidate against Bovine Papillomavirus
    Keren Cooper: Biochemical, genetic, physiological and cellular research in desiccation plants.
    Lee French: Histone H2A: a potential antimicrobial peptide in the South African abalone, Haliotis midae
    Matt Verbeek: Expressing Shuni virus envelope glycoproteins and nucleoproteins in plants such as Nicotiana benthamiana for use as possible diagnostic tools
    Shelley Fearon: Generating plant-produced African Horse sickness virus specific SCFv antibodies and VP7 crystalline particles for candidate vaccine studies
    Sue Dennis: Development of a virus-like particle vaccine against African horse sickness

  • Pathology, UCT

    Leah Whittle: Novel expression systems and vaccine vectors for production of recombinant T. parva antigens for the prevention of ECF


  • Physics, UCT

    Oliver Funk: Towards the Manipulation of Electrons on Superfluid Helium

  • Physics, UNISA

    Moussa Bakayoko: Optical Properties of a New Supramolecular Material, Holmium Cucurbituril Coordination Complexes for Photonic Application

  • Physics, UWC

    Floyd Mabiala: Pb-Sn binary perovskite solar cell by chemical vapour deposition
    Kudzai Sithole: Criteria for Al as a current collector in Li-ion batteries

  • Surgery, UCT

    Silindile Ngcobo: Characterisation of a heparinised fibrin derivative as a bioactive reagent delivery vehicle