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Academic Staff

Karen Secretary: Mrs Karen Ferguson
Tel: 031 373 2300
Email: karenf@dut.ac.za
Location: S10 Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: Secretarial Certificate; Pietermaritzburg Technical College

Prof N Deenadayalu Professor: Prof N Deenadayalu
067 101 1923
Email: NirmalaD@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution:
PhD Chemistry (UND) 
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3105-1279
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nirmala_Deenadayalu 
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?hl=en&user=-HhiWKcAAAAJ 
Bio: I have 26 ½ years academic experience as a Demonstrator, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate and Full Professor. The latter position I have held since Dec 2011. I have published 56 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Together with my post graduate students the research group has presented 78 national and international conference poster or oral presentations. I have graduated 2 PhD and 16 Masters students and supervised 5 post-doctoral fellows. I’m currently supervising 3 PhD and 6 Masters students and a NRF C2 rated scientist. Readmore

Bisetty Professor: Prof K Bisetty
Tel: 031 373 2311 / 076 260 6472
Email: bisettyk@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
NRF Rated Researcher
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Krishna_Bisetty  
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?hl=en&user=skntSKQAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate 
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) (UDW), UHDE (UDW), NH Dip (MLST), MSc (UN), PhD (UN)
Bio: Prof Krishna Bisetty is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Durban University of Technology (DUT). As an NRF C1 rated scientist and an experienced science educator with 30 years of teaching experience at DUT, he is currently managing and leading the “Computational Modelling and BioAnalytical Chemistry” research group with a strong national and international collaborations. He is a co-author of over 100 international papers, 10 book chapters, a supervisor to over 20 masters and doctoral students and more than 6 postdoctoral fellows. He served on several Conference Organizing Committees and his work presented at local and international conferences. Readmore

Prof G G Redhi Associate Professor: Prof G Redhi
Tel: 031 373 2936
Email: redhigg@dut.ac.za
Location: S10, Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6278-1020
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gan_Redhi 
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=-OIEwvYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao  
Subject Expertise: Chemistry 1; Physical Chemistry II; Physical Chemistry III; Analytical Chemistry II; Analytical Chemistry III; Analytical Chemistry Practicals III; Chemical Industry Practical; Chemistry Project CP3; Physical Chemistry IV; Chemistry Project IV.
Academic Interests: Physical Chemistry and its application to solve real world problems. Electroanalytical chemistry and its application to industry related problems.
Research and Innovation focus: Thermodynamics of liquid mixtures with special emphasis to the petroleum fuel industry, as well as correlation and modeling of experimental data.

Prof RM Gengan Professor: Prof R M Gengan
 031 373 2309
Email: genganrm@dut.ac.za
Location: S10, Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1643-9977
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Gengan
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=PBlnOsQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra 
Subject Expertise: 
Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry III , Organic Chemistry IV, Analytical Chemistry Practical III. 
Academic Interests: Interpretation of novel organic compounds by hyphenated techniques., viz., GC-MS, IR, UV, NMR.
Research and Innovation focus: Natural Product Chemistry 
Isolation and characterization of natural products from indigenous plants. Determination of biological activity of natural products..
Microwave Assisted Synthesis

Using microwave enhanced organic synthesis technology across the pharmaceutical, polymer, fine and agro-chemical industries.

Paul Senior Lecturer: Dr V Paul
 031 373 2305
Email: vimlap@dut.ac.za
Location: S10, Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campush 
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6411-2699 
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vimla_Paul
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Xdrao7sAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate
Qualification & Institution: PhD, Durban University Of Technology 
Bio: My passion is teaching of chemistry to undergraduate and post graduate students. I conduct the selection of first year students for the Diploma in Analytical Chemistry program. I am also the departmental marketing rep. My research area is on the synthesis of biomaterials from renewable resources (agricultural wastes). I supervise masters and doctoral students in this research area. I have strong collaborations with CSIR working on joint projects. I have peer reviewed research papers for international journals..
Academic Interests: Teaching and learning, Research, First year student selection. Readmore

Dr P S Mdluli Associate Professor: Prof P S Mdluli
Tel: 031 373 2302
Email: phumlanem@dut.ac.za
Location: S10, Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Phumlani_Mdluli  
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?hl=en&user=2yivDEUAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate  
Subject Expertise: 
Chemistry I, Analytical Chemistry II, Analytical Chemistry Practical II (Separations), Analytical Chemistry III(Chromatography), Analytical Chemistry Practical III (HPLC), Analytical Chemistry IV (Chromatography-Hyphenated Techniques; Modern Sample Preparation Techniques), Chemistry Projects III and IV, Work Integrated Learning.
Academic Interests: Modern sample preparation techniques, GC and HPLC techniques for their application to environmental and industrial applications. Organic chemistry and its applications.
Research and Innovation focus: SFE and analysis of mycotoxins.  Organic analysis of various environmental matrices including air, soil and water.

default-avatar-e1448374196642 Lecturer: Dr Siyabonga S. Ndlela
Qualification & Institution: PhD (UKZN)
Tel: 031 373 2315
Email: SiyabongaN8@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Area of Expertise: Inorganic Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis
Bio: Dr Ndlela is an inorganic chemistry lecturer and a researcher in the field of industrial catalysis. He has a well-built educational and professional background, withan experience from working in the higher education sector, both as an academic and in administration. Dr Ndlela is involved in the supervision of postgraduate students (Advanced Diploma and Masters) with the research focus in the synthesis and design of environmental benign catalytic systems for the transformation of low value organic substrates to value added products. Readmore

Thabang Mokhothu Senior Lecturer: Dr TH Mokhothu
Tel: 031 373 6061
Email: thabangM1@dut.ac.za
Location: S10, Level 3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5147-7365
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thabang_Mokhothu
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=0vPbI_8AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao  
Qualification & Institution: PhD, Polymer Science, University of the Free State
Area of Expertise: Polymer Science
Bio: I am currently working as a senior lecturer in the department, teaching inorganic chemistry and analytical chemistry III: Molecular spectroscopy. I am currently involved in numerous research projects focusing on the application of inorganic metal oxides, biomass and polymers to address environmental pollution of heavy metals in wastewater. I am also involved in post-graduate supervision and supervision of students in industry under the Work Intergraded Learning (WIL) programme. Readmore

Mrs Pinkie Ntola Profile Lecturer: Mrs P Ntola
Tel: 031 373 2299
Email: pinkies@dut.ac.za
Location: S10, Room 31
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8964-1984  
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pinkie_Sobantu 
Qualification & Institution: MTech Chemistry. DUT
Area of Expertise: Catalysis, Heterogeneous catalysis, Material science, Electron microscopy.
Bio: My research field is Catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis. My research focuses mostly on in-depth characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, specifically metal oxides. Emphasis has been on the synthesis using novel techniques and characterization using XRD with Rietveld refinement and a significant focus on electron microscopy. This looks into the materials science aspect. Applications include oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of alkanes using molecular oxygen. I am also involved in the department as a Work intergraded learning (WIL) coordinator and a secretary of the chemistry department advisory board. Readmore

Myalo Sabela Lecturer: Dr MI Sabela
Tel: 031 373 2308
Email: myalos@dut.ac.za
Subject Expertise: Physical Chemistry
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4728-1511
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Myalowenkosi_Sabela
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=aRw9jzcAAAAJ&hl=en 

Talent Makhanya Lecturer: Dr Talent Raymond Makhanya
Tel: 031 373 2313
Email: talentm@dut.ac.za 
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5916-4312
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Talent_Makhanya2 
Qualification & Institution: PhD (DUT)
Area of Expertise: Organic Chemistry (Synthesis and Natural Product)
Bio: Dr Makhanya joined the department of Chemistry in 2018 and is a Lecturer. His research interest include designing, synthesis and characterization of organic molecules (heterocyclic) which belong to these classes: naphthyridines, pyrazoles, fused indole-pyrazoles, coumarin pyrazole and amino-phosphonates. He evaluate their biological effect by assessing the anti-microbial, anti-mosquito, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities. His interest further lie in development of new green methodology and rapid synthesis of potentials drugs using multicomponent approach. Readmore

Senior Technicians

Mr N Ramnarayan Mr N Ramnarayan 
Tel: 031 373 2715
Email: nareshr@dut.ac.za
Qualification(s): ND, MBA
Qualification & Institution: ND: Analytical Chemistry; DUT
Area of Expertise: Analytical Chemistry

Gwamanda Senior Technician: Mrs Cleopatra Tebogo Gwamanda 
Tel: 031 373 5317
Email: cleopatrag@dut.ac.za
Location: MLS campus, Abdul Hameed Building, 1st floor, AJ 0208O
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: BTech Laboratory Management, TUT
Area of Expertise: Analytical Chemistry, Chromatography, Laboratory Management
Bio: I have more than 20years working in the chemistry field which include Environmental Engineering, Environmental Wastewater, Pharmaceuticals and Academic. My widespread experience makes me more versatile in problem solving in the laboratory work and the management of it.

Laboratory Technicians

Ms D Naicker Mrs D Naicker
Tel: 031 373 6320
Email: pillayd@dut.ac.za
Location: S10 Level 5
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): BTech
Area of Expertise: Analytical Chemistry, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Mr R Ramkrepal Mr R Ramkrepal
Tel: 031 373 5523
Email: ramkrepr@dut.ac.za
Location: Abdul Hamid, 2nd Floor
Campus: ML Sultan
Qualification(s): BTech

Ms N P Cele Ms N P Cele
Tel: 031 373 2303
Email: nompumelelos@dut.ac.za
Qualification(s): MTech

Mr S Sithole Mr Sandile Sithole
Tel: 031 373 2343 / 6322
Email: sandiles@dut.ac.za
Qualification(s): Diploma in Analytical Chemistry.
Area of Expertise: Laboratory Technician 

Ms N M Xhakaza Mrs Nokukhanya Mavis Xhakaza
Tel: 031 373 2649/3004
Email: nokukhanyam@dut.ac.za
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4754-8546
Research Gate:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nokukhanya_Xhakaza
Qualification(s): MTech Chemistry, DUT
Area of Expertise: Electro analytical Chemistry

Mr S Mjola Mr SL Majola
Tel: 031 373 2340
Email: sandilem2@dut.ac.za
Qualification(s): BTech

Miya Mr ZI Miya 
Tel: 031 373 5257
Email: zamokwakhem@dut.ac.za
Qualification(s): BSc (Hons)

SS Zunngu Pic Ms SS Zunngu
Tel: 031-373 5521/5272
Email: silindilez@dut.ac.za
Qualification & Institution: MAppSci (DUT)
Campus: ML Sultan Campus.
Area of Expertise: Polymer Science
Subject of Expertise: (Practicals)- Physical Chemistry,
inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical
Chemistry (HPLC, GC, AAS and ICP-OES) and Wet

Lab Assistants

Mr T N Cele Mr  T N Cele
Tel: 031 373 2343
Email: nyangac@dut.ac.za
Qualification(s): BTech

Mpungose Ms N N Mpungose
031-373 5313
Email: nondumisoM1@dut.ac.za
Campus: ML Sultan Campus
Qualification & Institution: BTech(DUT)
Area of Expertise: Laboratory Assistant