Dr Munkombwe Muchindu’s
I was sponsored by Seanac in June-July 2005, for a six weeks research visit at Prof. Emmanuel Iwuoha’s Sensorlab in the University of Western Cape, South Africa. I learnt biosensor techniques as part of my MSc project that I was studying full time at University of Botswana, under the supervision Prof Catherine Ngila. A thesis titled, “Determination of phenol pollutant by voltammetry using a Lacasse biosensor”, was later submitted and an MSc degree awarded in October 2006. A journal article, “Laccase enzyme electrode with ferrocene-monocarboxylic acid mediator for determination of phenol”, was published in the Asian journal of chemistry.
During my visit to Sensorlab, furthering my studies was discussed. After my MSc graduation, I had to wait for January 2007 before I could enrol for my PhD. In mid-November and December 2006, I was sponsored again by Seanac for a four weeks research visit at University of Kwa-zulu Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. The work was to validate my MSc project findings on phenols by using Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). A poster was then presented at the 38th Convention of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI), UKZN in December 2006.
I graduated with my PhD in Chemistry in March 2011. I got a job as Scientist at the DST/Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Mintek, Randburg, South Africa. My main research projects have been biosensor based using nanomaterials. I am able to carry out my duties with confidence, due to the training I initially received during my Seanac fellowship.