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PROF. FRANCIS NYONGESA WANJALA

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nairobi, Kenya

PROFILE

Material Scientist with Research interest in Functional Materials for Energy Efficiency Sytems (Dye Sensitized Solar Cells) and Water Purification Systems

Areas of Research Experience

  • Microstructure - Material property relationships in materials (ceramics, composites)
  • Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) of Materials and its applications in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells and in Photocatalytic water purification systems
  • Nanoporous Functional Ceramics for Water Purifications systems (design, fabrication, & modelling)
  • Solar Energy Materials

EDUCATION

2000   Ph.D in Physics      University of Nairobi

1994   M.Sc in Physics     University of Nairobi

1991   B.Sc in Physics      University of Nairobi

WORK EXPERIENCE

Year                           Employer                              Position & Responsibility

2015 to present        University of Nairobi                     Associate Professor, Physics

2005 to 2015             University of Nairobi                      Senior Lecturer, Physics

2001-2005                 University of Nairobi                      Lecturer, Depart of Physics.

1996-2001                 University of Nairobi                      Tutorial Fellow, Physics

1994-1996                 University of Nairobi                      Graduate Assistant


POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SUPERVISION AND EXAMINATION RECORD

Candidate                 Degree                             Research Topic

1. Nguu John N.          Ph.D (Graduated 2017)  

2. Mogusu Josephat    M.Sc (Ongoing from 2014) 

3. Okwako Jacinta       M.Sc (Ongoing from 2014) 

4. Ndungu J.               M.Sc (Graduated 2015)     

5. Nyaga W. G.           M.Sc. (Graduated 2006)         

6. Njogu M. S.            M.Sc. (Graduated 2006)    

7. Ogacho A. A.          M.Sc. (Graduated 2002)                  


CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS & COLLABORATION

  • Development of Nanoporous Ceramic Membrane for Domestic water Filters - Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) Research grant for 2012/2013 by NACOST .

       CO-RESEARCHERS:  Dr. F. Otieno & Prof. Chacha (Narok Univ), Selina (Kabianga Univ)

  • Research in Development of Ceramic Products for structural and water purification applications (in collaboration with Princeton University, New Jersey, USA)


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Founding Member of the Global Young Scientists Academy (GYSA)
  • Member of the Ultrasonic Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Society of Kenya
  • Member of Kenya DAAD Scholars Association
  • Member of Kenya Physical Society (KPS)


AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) Research grant for 2012/2013 by NCST of KShs 7,000,000 for project: Development on Nanoporous Ceramic Membrane for Domestic water Filters.

        CO-RESERCHERS: Dr. F. Otieno & Prof. Chacha (Narok Univ), & Selina (Kabianga Univ)

  •  2007 Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) Award for Young Scientists in Physics
  •  Academic Host, USHEPiA FELLOWSHIP; August- November 2002
  •  Abdus Salam Young Student Fellowship (Trieste, Italy); March – June 1999
  •  DAAD Postgraduate Fellowship (University of Nairobi, Kenya); 1996 – 1999
  •  University of Nairobi Postgraduate Scholarship; 1991 - 1994


STUDENT MENTORSHIP

  • As academician, I have trained & mentored many B.Sc. and M.Sc. Students. I secured THREE FULL Ph.D Scholarships for Lindah Wangoh, Mariam Kavai and Abuti who are now in Department of Physics, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, USA


CONTACT

Email: fnyongesa@uonbi.ac.ke

Tel: +254 2 4447552; +254 721 742930

Postal Mail: P.O Box 30197-00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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