Chemical Engineering Doctorate, Emmanuel Kweinor Tetteh has made the institution extremely proud, securing four (4) nominations in the the 2021/2022 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) South32 Awards.
NSTF, founded in 1995, is a non-profit stakeholder body for all science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation organisations in South Africa.
Sharing the good news with Tetteh was Ms Seipati Moleleki from NSTF’s Knowledge and Database Management Unit. Moleleki said the NSTF applauded all the nominees who are described as individuals, teams and organisations who are recognised for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.
His nominations are in the categories: (i) Engineering Research Capacity Development Award – Sponsored by Eskom since 2003, (ii) NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award – Sponsored by the WRC since 2017, (iii) TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher Prize sponsor: proSET (Professionals in SET), a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies and learned societies and (iv) Special Annual Theme Award: Basic sciences for sustainable development.
He is eternally grateful to God and feels very encouraged by this recognition of his hard works over the years in putting DUT on the global map,” said Tetteh when speaking of his excitement upon hearing of the nominations.
He extended his sincere thanks to the Green Engineering Research Group (GERG) team members, his family, Pastor Obed Obeng-Addae (CCI, Kumasi Ghana), and all his loved ones for their continuous prayers and support. He also appreciated Prof Sudesh Rathilal, Dr Dennis Isaac Amoah and Dr Martha Noro Chollom for their key roles in his research career”.
Tetteh as a Doctoral candidate with GERG under the supervision of Prof Sudesh Rathilal (Acting Dean/Deputy Dean of Engineering and The Built Environment, has research interest in wastewater treatment and the photo-reduction of carbon dioxide using an integrated anaerobic photo-catalytic system. Since 2016, Tetteh has been coordinating with Prof Rathilal in developing doctoral research projects, mentoring seven (7) master’s researchers and co-supervision of twenty-five (25) undergraduate and honours projects.
Tetteh also wanted to thank the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Research, Innovation and Engagement Professor Sibusiso Moyo, Director of Technology, Transfer and Innovation (TTI)-Prof Keolebogile Motaung and the Director of Research and Postgraduate Support at DUT, Dr Linda Linganiso, for their help and input in making his nominations possible.
Hailing from Ghana where he obtained his Higher National Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Kumasi Technical University, Tetteh won the Erasmus+ KA107 (ICM) which allowed him to spend a semester in the University of Valladolid, Spain where he worked on a nitrate recycling project to mitigate odorant emission in wastewater treatment plants under the Supervision of Prof Raul Munoz
Last year, he won the esteemed National Research Foundation (NRF Award) for the 2021 NRF Research Excellence Award for Next Generation Researchers in Engineering and Technology, also a newly approved research focus area by the DUT Senate on Green Engineering (GE).
Tetteh is the recipient of the ENI Debut 2019 award for the Young Talent Researcher from Africa in a ceremony held in Rome, Italy and was presented by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
As a young researcher, he has presented at 32 conferences for both local and international, authored over 49 peer reviewed journals papers and seven (7) book chapters all affiliated to DUT, with google scholar citations of 484 and H-index of 16.
Currently, Tetteh is the principal investigator for an ongoing water research commission (WRC) project (WRC2019/2020-00212) aimed at developing an integrated anaerobic-photocatalytic system for wastewater treatment. He has championed the proof of concept of this project to secure extension grant (WRC2021/2022-00958) for the GERG to develop smart integrated system for the valorization of wastewater. This is to contribute towards achieving technology deployment aspirations of the National Water Research commission.
Tetteh went on further to add, he is a member of DUT team working on REFFECT Africa Project and Doctorate (in awaiting), and therefore he is open for future collaboration and a permanent position to explore his potential skills as a researcher.
Pictured: Emmanuel Kweinor Tetteh