Edward Nxumalo

President of SANi

Prof Edward Nxumalo is one of the competitive and growing researchers in the area of Nanotechnology and Water Science. He is currently pursuing his research career as an Associate Professor in the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit in the ...

Prof Edward Nxumalo is one of the competitive and growing researchers in the area of Nanotechnology and Water Science. He is currently pursuing his research career as an Associate Professor in the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit in the University of South Africa - College of Science, Engineering and Technology. He received his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011. He later joined the University of Johannesburg as a Senior Lecturer where he was focusing on teaching courses such as Materials and Processing Science and General Chemistry (undergraduate level) and Advanced Nanochemistry (postgraduate level) as well as supervising various postgraduate students in his area of practice.

 

Prof Nxumalo has obtained several awards in his professional career based on his academic excellence. As an NRF-rated researcher, he is very active in research on his niche area. His research focuses largely on carbon-based membranes for water treatment applications. He authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers based on his research including book chapters and conference proceedings and has supervised several postgraduate students in this area. Prof Nxumalo's collaborates with international experts particularly in Germany, China and many African countries. In addition, he has delivered lectures at various prestigious meetings across the globe including among others the EuroMembrane Conference, the African Membrane Society Congress, and the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes.

 

Prof Nxumalo is currently the incumbent President of the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi), an organization that is central to all nanotechnology activities in the country.  He is also a member of several professional and scientific bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, South African Chemical Institute, Water Institute of South Africa and the International Water Association. He was previously the co-editor of the monthly Nanonewsletter (South Africa) published by the SANi and SAASTA and has widely been involved with various activities of the SAASTA through the NPEP. He is currently the leader of an ongoing community engagement project that is performed in partnership with a small rural community in the Mpumalanga Province (South Africa) based on the use of nanotechnology techniques to solve water related problems in this location.

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