Professor Pienaar has made the news again with his rural electricity supply model
Stable Economy Essential
Interview on SABC: Education and Skills and the Economy an Analysis of the State of the Nation Address.
VUT successful hosting of international NanoAfrica 2014 conference
VUT’s Department of chemistry and South African Nanotechnology initiatives hosted one of the exciting international conference in nanoscience and nanotechnology in South Africa. This was the fifth NanoAfrica conference following announcement in the last conference which was hosted by UFS, department of physics. The conference was well attended with countries such as Poland, Pakistan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zimbabwe presenting various aspects of their research outcomes and trends alongside plenary speakers. The plenary speakers included well established researchers, Paul Obrien (UK), Juan Morante (Spain), Petra Bele (Germany), Ivo Hummelgen (Brazil).
Massive conference attendance by Chemistry staff and students at the South African Chemical Institute Convention
The Department of Chemistry sent the largest number of delegates in the biannual South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention that took place in East London from 1st to 6th December 2013. The convention always host researchers from all the over the country and some international plenary and keynote speakers representing all fields of chemistry including physical, inorganic, organic, applied, industrial, materials, analytical chemistry as well as nanotechnology. There were more than 300 delegates attending the conference and VUT had about 21 delegates supported by both the Research Directorate and Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences. Staff mostly attended in support of the postgraduate students except oral presentations given by Dr. Vusi Pakade, Ms. Thokozani Xaba (DTech student), Dr. Wankasi (Postdoc) and the invited keynote lecture by Prof. Makwena Moloto.
Celebrations at the Annual Research Awards 2013
The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club was abuzz with activity on 28 November 2013, and the air was filled with anxiety as recipients and Management gathered to honour those researchers that have made their mark this year in “Research that Matters”. Modern pull-up banners and wall banners, bearing thought provoking messages served as a backdrop in the hallways. The audience gathered around them and appreciated the creativity and messages of hope. Recipients wined and dined and celebrated the evening in style.
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