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 Prof. Emmanuel Iwuoha

Position: Professor
Department: Department of Chemistry
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Tel: 021 959 3054
Fax: 021 959 3055


 Emmanuel Iwuoha is the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair for NanoElectrochemistry and Sensor Technology and a Senior (Distinguished) Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Cape (UWC). He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) of UK since 1999 and a Chartered Chemist of RSC since 1990. He received the University of Western Cape Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Researcher Award for 2015; and he is also a recipient of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) award on ‘Electrochemistry Excellence in Teaching and Research in 2013. He has been a Member of the University of Western Cape (UWC) Governing Council and its Executive Committee since 2005. He is the Founder and Director of SensorLab (from 2002); and he was the Leader of the “Development of Catalytic Materials” Research Niche Area (2007-2011) under the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa’s Institutional Capacity Development programme. He coordinated the establishment of the first interuniversity (involving NNMU, UFS, UJ and UWC) MSc Nanoscience degree programme in Africa, with specialisations in NanoBiomed, NanoChem and NanoPhysics. In November 2013, Prof Iwuoha in collaboration with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague, The Netherlands, formed the All African Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (AANNI), under the auspices of OPCW’s Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The programme aims at developing nanoscience skills and nanoscience capacity building amongst scientists in the entire African continent.

From 1998 to 2000 Prof Iwuoha led the interdisciplinary team of scientists that developed the 1990 (baseline) and 1992 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) protocol. He also co-authored the country’s 2001 Initial National Communication on Climate Change to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Prof Iwuoha is an electrochemist and all his research work are done under the umbrella of SensorLab at the University of Western Cape. His research work relates to the designing and production of ‘smart’ nanomaterials (polymeric, dendritic, graphenated and carbon nanotubes composite systems; as well as multi-metal nanoalloys and quantum dots) for application in the construction of sensors, reactors and energy-generating systems (such as batteries, supercapacitors and solar cells). From 2002 to 2016 Prof Iwuoha supervised/co-supervised 51 PhD (31 South African and 20 Non-South African) and 52 MSc (37 South African and 15 Non-South African) graduates. He has more than 238 ISI-cited journal publications, book and encyclopaedia chapters; i10-index of 130 and h-index of 38. In addition, he is currently in the editorial board of Bioelectrochemistry (the official journal of the Bioelectrochemical Society) and has served in the editorial board of several journals, the latest being the Special Volume of Journal of Nano Research Volume 44 (2016) on “Nanomaterials for electrocatalysis and electrochemical energy applications “. He has Science Direct’s 25 hottest papers, such as those of October - December 2008 (Reactive & Functional Polymers 2008, 68, 1239), April-June 2009 (Bioelectrochemistry 2009, 75, 117-123), and October – December 2012 (Procedia Chemistry, 2009, 1, 1279-1282.

Among many others, Prof Iwuoha gave plenary lectures at the 1995 Heyrovsky Discussions, Prague; the 4th World Biosensor Congress of 1996 in Bangkok; the Caribbean Conference of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of 2001 in Havana, Cuba; the 3rd Southern and Eastern African Network of Analytical Chemist Conferences of 2009 and 2013; the 41st Convention of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) of 2013; 10th Kinetics in Analytical Chemistry 2009 and ElectrochemSA Symposia of 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015. In addition, he has made keynote presentations at numerous occasions at international conferences including the Annual Conventions of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI), the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Annual and Topical meetings and the International Workshops on Biosensors for Food Safety and Environmental Monitoring (IWBFSEM); for which the 42nd SACI Convention 2015 in Durban, the 7th IWBFSEM in Erfoud, Morocco and the 66th ISE Annual Meeting  of 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan, are the latest ones.

He was part of the consortia that obtained the EU FP-7 IRSES SMARTCANCERSENS PIRSES-GA-2012-318053 grant. He is also a principle investigator in the recently awarded EU H2020 RISE (2017) INFINITE-CELL-DVL-777968 grant for next generation kesterites-recycled silicon photovoltaic cell.


  • John, S., Cimrová, V., Ulbricht, C., Pokorná, V., Růžička, A., Giguère, J-B., Lafleur-Lambert, A., Morin, J-F., Iwuoha, E., Egbe, D., 2017. Poly[(arylene ethynylene)-alt-(arylene vinylene)]s based on anthanthrone and its derivatives: synthesis and photophysical, electrochemical, electroluminescent and photovoltaic properties. Macromolecules, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02136
  • Douman, S.F., Brennan, E., Iwuoha, E.I. and Forster, R.J., 2017. Wireless electrochemiluminescence at nafion-carbon microparticle composite films. Analytical Chemistry, DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.7b03040

  • Tombe, S., Adam, G., Heilbrunner, H., Apaydin, D.H., Ulbricht, C., Sariciftci, N.S., Arendse, C.J., Iwuoha, E. and Scharber, M.C., 2017. Optical and electronic properties of mixed halide (X= I, Cl, Br) methylammonium lead perovskite solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 5(7), pp.1714-1723.
  • Capoferri, D. Del Carlo, M., Ntshongontshi, N., Iwuoha, E.I., Sergi, M. , Di Ottavio, F., Compagnone, D., 2017. MIP-MEPS based sensing strategy for the selective assay of dimethoate. Application to wheat flour samples. Talanta, 174, pp. 599-604.
  • O’Hara, T., Seddon, B., O’Connor, A., McClean, S., Singh, B., Iwuoha, E., Fuku, X. and Dempsey, E., 2017. Quantum dot nanotoxicity investigations using human lung cells and toxor electrochemical enzyme assay methodology. ACS Sensors, 2(1), pp.165-171.

  • Lahcen, A.A., Baleg, A.A., Baker, P., Iwuoha, E. and Amine, A., 2017. Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of nanostructured magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for 17-β-Estradiol determination. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical241, pp.698-705.

  • Ramohlola, K.E., Masikini, M., Mdluli, S.B., Monama, G.R., Hato, M.J., Molapo, K.M., Iwuoha, E.I. and Modibane, K.D., 2017. Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction of metal organic frameworks decorated with poly (3-aminobenzoic acid). Electrochimica Acta, 246, pp.1174-1182.

  • John, S.V., De Filippo, C.C., Silvestrini, S., Maggini, M. and Iwuoha, E., 2017. Novel 5‐(benzo [b] thiophen‐3‐yl) pyridine‐3‐carbaldehyde (BTPA) functionalization framework for modulating fullerene Electronics. ChemistryOpen, 6(3), pp. 354-359.

  • Makelane, H., John, S.V., Yonkeu, A.L.D., Waryo, T., Tovide, O. and Iwuoha, E., 2017. Phase selective alternating current voltammetric signalling protocol: application in dendritic co‐polymer sensor for anthracene. Electroanalysis, 29(8), pp.1887-1893.

  • ​Ndangili, P.M., Masikini, M., Feleni, U., Douman, S., Tovide, O., Williams, A., Baker, P. and Iwuoha, E.I., 2017. Gallium‐induced perturbation of zinc selenide quantum dots electronics. ChemistrySelect, 2(24), pp.7054-7062.

  • John, S.V., Mayedwa, N., Ikpo, C., Molefe, L.Y., Ndipingwi, M.M., Dywili, N.R., Van Wyk, J., Mapolie, S.F., Baker, P. and Iwuoha, E., 2016. Photoluminescence quenching of poly (octylfluorenylbenzothiadiazole) luminophore by n-type cobalt (II) salicylaldimine metallodendrimer. Synthetic Metals, 220, pp.114-122.

  • Douman, S., Feleni, U., Ross, N., Fuku, X., Ajayi, R., Nxusani, E., Ntshongontshi, N., Sidwaba, U., Rassie, C., Jijana, A. …, Iwuoha, E., 2016. New Generation Nanoelectrochemical Biosensors for Disease Biomarkers: 1. Indium Telluride Quantum Dots Signaling of Telomerase Cancer Biomarker. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 16(12), pp.12844-12850.

  • Makelane, H.R., John, S.V., Waryo, T.T., Baleg, A., Mayedwa, N., Rassie, C., Wilson, L., Baker, P. and Iwuoha, E.I., 2016. AC voltammetric transductions and sensor application of a novel dendritic poly (propylene thiophenoimine)-co-poly (3-hexylthiophene) star co-polymer. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 227, pp.320-327.

  • Makelane, H.R., John, S.V., Waryo, T.T., Baleg, A., Mayedwa, N., Rassie, C., Wilson, L., Baker, P. and Iwuoha, E.I., 2016. AC voltammetric transductions and sensor application of a novel dendritic poly (propylene thiophenoimine)-co-poly (3-hexylthiophene) star co-polymer. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 227, pp.320-327.​





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