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3 November 2021
Professor Emmanuel Iwuoha wins coveted NRF award
We are extremely proud to announce that yesterday Professor Emmanuel Iwuoha won the coveted National Research Foundation (NRF) Award in the Category: Champion of Research Capacity Development and Transformation.

This award category recognises individuals within the research community who contribute to the transformation and thus diversity of South Africa’s science cohort through the research students they supervise.

The award aims to encourage and promote those researchers who have identified and are mentoring young scientists to become highly productive academics of the future, and even international leaders in their areas of scientific expertise. The focus is on black, and especially black female, postgraduate students who have been trained and graduated by the nominee.

Prof Iwuoha also received the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Researcher Award in 2015 – an acknowledgement of the finest scholars to have achieved international recognition for the quality of their work. In 2019, he was recognised at the DVC Research Awards for having graduated the most PhD students.

Prof Iwuoha, who obtained his doctoral degree in 1986 from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, is internationally renowned in electrochemistry and has published numerous scientific articles since 2009. He has received many invitations to deliver keynote lectures at international conferences and has entered national and international collaborative partnerships.

In 2002, he established the SensorLab in UWC’s Department of Chemistry, focusing on researching smart materials, electrochemistry, sensors and electrochemical energy. Prof Iwuoha also coordinated the establishment of the National Nanoscience Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NNPTTP) in 2011, an inter-university initiative that offers a Master’s degree in nanoscience.

In recognition of his work, Prof Iwuoha was awarded the prestigious research position of the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Nanoelectrochemistry and Sensor Technology by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation in 2012. The chair oversees research activities in developing new-generation nano-alloys for clean energy production and sensor fabrication, and also focuses on sensors for medical diagnostics, food safety, and tracking environmental pollutants harmful to human health and ecosystems.

As a recipient of this particular NRF award in 2016, I know firsthand its value to our University. Prof Iwuhoa has demonstrated his commitment to student development, and this award is appropriate as it echoes his commitment. As a University, we congratulate Prof Iwuoha and thank him for his dedication to the institution and the research community.

Warm Regards

Professor José Frantz
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation