Name: Eric Masika
Title/Qualifications: PhD
Department/Unit/Section: Chemistry
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844-00100 Nairobi, masika.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Position: Lecturer
Area of Specialization: Physical Chemistry and Nanochemistry/Nanotechnology
Research Interests: Synthesis and Characterisation of New Types of Nanostructured inorganic Porous Solids Physical and analytical electrochemistry

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AMLbzAoAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2397-5882

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Lecturer/Researcher/Consultant/Coordinator at Kenyatta University with research interests on new types of nanostructured inorganic and carbonaceous porous solids for gas adsorption (for environmental remediation) and water purification. Currently, I am working on efficacy of microencapsulated active ingredients for downstream tsetse fly repellency. Also with a view of integration of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Kenya’s educational curriculum coupled with fostering Industrial partnership for potential scale up. I have over a decade of professional teaching experience in secondary schools, possessing solid experience in school management and administration as a Head of Department for Science. My teaching/training areas at University level include modules in Physical Chemistry and Nanoscience/Nanotechnology (spearheading curriculum development). In addition, having completed a course in Supporting Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL), that equipped me with relevant skills for supporting capacity development of e-moderators in higher institutions of learning; and currently supporting Developing People and Enhancing Practice (DPEP) as a tutor under Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (SPHEIR) I have a passion and commitment to lead in technology enhanced teaching and learning.

I am currently a member of the KU Digital School training team that has trained over 1000 academic staff members on blended learning with focus on the development of interactive modules coupled with online facilitation. In addition, as coordinator for CEP, I plan and deliver materials eg calendar of activities, capacity training schedules and drop-in sessions that support academic and non-teaching staff for quality teaching and learning via Blended Learning mode of delivery


Research Summary
Exploration of novel materials that have improved properties, are cheap as well as environmentally benign. The materials under investigation in the emerging field of Nanotechnology are yet to be fully understood and in particular for Kenya’s situation that is not different from other developing economies. The insight into nanomaterials is vital in embracing of benefits that come with structure-property controlled synthesis of materials. Current research focuses on the optimal synthesis of Titania nanoparticles and silica for battery electrodes and water purification, respectively.

Conference Presentations

  • Eric Masika, The Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) Natural Sciences Online Outreach 17th October 2020. (Talk)
  • Eric Masika, Representative of Pan Africa Chemistry Network/Royal Society of Chemistry at Kenya Science and Engineering Fair 2018; 11th -13th April 2018. (Award of Chemistry Prizes)
  • Eric Masika, United Nations Environmental Assembly 3 (UNEA3) with participation in UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, taking place at UN Environment’s headquarters in Nairobi 27th November – 6th December 2017. (Participation)
  • Michael Ndikau, Naumih M. Noah, Dickson M. Andala, Eric Masika 9th Kenya Chemical Society (KCS) International Conference- USIU-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya 9th-12th May, 2017: Investigation of the Anti-Bacterial activity of Silver Nanoparticles synthesized Using Citrullus lanatus fruit rind extract. (Poster)
  • Eric Masika, RSC- P&G Symposium: Regulatory Harmonization, Hygiene and Sustainability University of Nairobi, Kenya 4/5th November 2014, University of Nairobi, Kenya. (Attendance).
  • Eric Masika, Kenya Chemical Society Workshop/AGM, JKUAT on 30th August 2014; Gas Adsorption Applications on Palladium-functionalized Zeolite Templated Carbons (ZTCs) (Talk).
  • Eric Masika 5th IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry, Durban; South Africa, 17th – 21st August 2014: Porosity Modulation of Mesoporous Aluminosilicates via Simple Washing/Refluxing in Water for Applications in Water Purification (Talk).
  • Eric Masika, Kenya Chemical Society, Nairobi Chapter AGM cum workshop, Kenyatta University on 15th February 2014 (Attendance).
  • Eric Masika: 1st Stakeholder’s workshop to discuss the draft Policy on exploitation of Nanotechnology at Utalii hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on 16th January, 2014. (Attendance)
  • Eric Masika, British Zeolite Association, 36th Annual Meeting¸ Keele University 8th to 10th April 2013 (Attendance)
  • Eric Masika: 1st Stakeholder’s workshop to discuss the draft Policy on exploitation of Nanotechnology at Utalii hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on 16th January, 2014. (Attendance). Eric Masika and Robert Mokaya, ‘TA Instruments - UK Materials Characterization seminar, University of Bradford, 13th and 14th September 2011 ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Pd-doped Zeolite Templated Carbons for Hydrogen Storage.’(Poster).
  • Eric Masika and Robert Mokaya, ‘TA Instruments - UK Materials Characterization seminar, University of Bradford, 13th and 14th September 2011 ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Pd-doped Zeolite Templated Carbons for Hydrogen Storage.’(Poster).
  • Eric Masika, Richard Bourne, Thomas Chamberlain and Robert Mokaya, 34th Annual British Zeolite Association Conference, Edinburgh, 11 -13th April 2011, ‘Supercritical CO2 mediated
  • Incorporation of Palladium Nanoparticles into Zeolite Templated Carbons with enhanced Hydrogen Storage; (Presentation).
    Eric Masika and Robert Mokaya, 34th Annual British Zeolite Association Conference, Edinburgh, 11 -13th April 2011. ‘Mesoporous Aluminosilicates via Molecular Templating; (Poster).
  • Eric Masika and Robert Mokaya, Driving innovation in Chemistry and Engineering Lectures, The University of Nottingham, 12th March 2010, ‘Templating Routes to Nanostructured and Mesostructured Porous Materials;.(Presentation).
  • Eric Masika and Robert Mokaya, 2010 Physical Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium, 9th July 2010. ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Pd-doped Zeolite Templated Carbons for Hydrogen Storage; (Presentation).
  • Eric Masika and Martyn Poliakoff, MSc. Nanoscience (2007/2008 ) Research day, The University of Nottingham, 21st August 2008;‘The Supercritical Hydrothermal Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles; (Presentation).

Publications

  • N. Nyamu, L. Ombaka, E Masika and M. Ng’ang’a (2019), One‐pot microwave‐assisted synthesis of size‐dependent l‐glutathione‐capped spherical silver nanoparticles suitable for materials with antibacterial properties, Interdisciplinary Nanomedicine Volume 4 Issue 3 86-94.
  •  Nicholas Musila, Mathew Munji, Justus Simiyu, Eric Masika, Raphael Nyenge and Miriam Kineene, Characteristics of TiO2 Compact Layer prepared for DSSC application Traektoriâ Nauki = Path of Science. Vol. 4, No 10

  • Ernest O. Nachaki, Peter M. Ndangili, Noah M. Naumih and Eric Masika, Nickel‐Palladium‐Based Electrochemical Sensor for Quantitative Detection of Formaldehyde, Chemistry Select, Vol. 3 Issue 2, 339 -854, 2018 

  • Nicholas Musila, Mathew Munji, Justus Simiyu, Eric Masika and Raphael Nyenge, Effect of TiO2 Compact Layer on DSSC Performance, Traektoriâ Nauki= Path of Science Vol.4, Issue 9,, 2018
  • Nicholas Musila, Mathew Munji, Justus Simiyu, Eric Masika and Raphael Nyenge, Optical Properties and Analysis of OJL Model’s Electronic inter-band Transition Parameters of TiO2 Films, Traektoriâ Nauki= Path of Science Vol.4, Issue 7,, 2018.
  • Samuel N. Nyamu, Lucy Ombaka, Eric Masika, and Margaret Ng’ang’a, Antimicrobial Photodynamic Activity of Phthalocyanine Derivatives, Hindawi Advances in Chemistry, Volume 2018,  https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2598062
  • Joseph Odundo, Naumih Noah, Dickson Andala, Janet Kiragu and Eric Masika, Development of an electrochemical nano-biosensor for rapid and sensitive diagnosis of bilharzia in Kenya, South African Journal of Chemistry, Vol 71, 2018, 127 -134
  • Ernest O. Nachaki,, Peter M. Ndangili, Noah M. Naumi and Eric Masika, Nickel-Palladium-Based Electrochemical Sensor for Quantitative Detection of Formaldehyde; Chemistry Select Vol. 3,(2) pp 384–392, 2018
  • NYAMU SAMUEL, Lucy Ombaka, Eric Masika, and Margaret Ng’ang’a, Antimicrobial Photodynamic Activity of Phthalocyanine Derivatives; Hindawi :Advances in Chemistry Accepted 15 Jan, 2018
  • Ojiambo, O. C, Nawiri, M. P. and Masika, E., Reduction of Cyanide Levels in Sweet cassava Leaves Grown in Busia County, Kenya Based on Different Processing Methods, Food Research 1 (3) : pp - pp (June 2017).
  • M. Ndikau, N. Noah, D. M. Andala and E. Masika, Green Synthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles Using Citrullus lanatus Fruit Rind Extract, Hindawi: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Volume 2017.
  • B. Adeniran, E. Masika and R. Mokaya, A family of microporous carbons prepared via a simple metal salt carbonization route with high selectivity for exceptional gravimetric and volumetric post-combustion CO2 capture, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 14696–14710
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, Exceptional gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen storage for densified zeolite templated carbons with high mechanical stability', Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 427 – 434.
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, High surface area metal salt templated carbon aerogels via a simple subcritical drying route: Preparation and CO2 uptake properties, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 17677 - 17681.
  • E. Masika, R. Bourne, T. Chamberlain and R. Mokaya, "Supercritical CO2 mediated incorporation of Pd onto templated carbons: A route to optimising the Pd particle size and hydrogen uptake density", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2013, 5 (12), pp 5639 - 5647.
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, “Preparation of ultrahigh surface area porous carbons templated using zeolite 13X for enhanced hydrogen storage”, Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 2013, 23(3), pp 308 - 316.
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, Exceptional gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen storage for densified zeolite templated carbons with high mechanical stability', Energy Environ. Sci., DOI:10.1039/C3EE42239A; Accepted on 28th October 2013
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, High surface area metal salt templated carbon aerogels via a simple subcritical drying route: Preparation and CO2 uptake properties, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 17677 - 17681.
  • E. Masika, R. Bourne, T. Chamberlain and R. Mokaya, "Supercritical CO2 mediated incorporation of Pd onto templated carbons: A route to optimising the Pd particle size and hydrogen uptake density", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2013, 5 (12), pp 5639 - 5647.
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, “Preparation of ultrahigh surface area porous carbons templated using zeolite 13X for enhanced hydrogen storage”, Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 2013, 23(3), pp 308 - 316.
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, “Hydrogen storage in high surface area carbons with identical surface area but different pore size: Direct demonstration of the effects of pore size”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116 (49), pp 25734 – 25740.
  • E. Masika and R. Mokaya, ‘Mesoporous Aluminosilicates from a Zeolite BEA Recipe’, Chemistry of Materials, 2011, 23(9), pp 2491 - 2498.