Research

DR. ISSAC MWANGI WAWERU

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Title/Qualifications: Dr
Department/Unit/Section:
Chemistry
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi
Position:Lecturer

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Workshops and Conference  Presentation

Conference Presentations 

  • 1Charles Mwangi Kamathi; 1Isaac W. Mwangi; 1Ruth N. Wanjau1; J.C. Ngila2- Remediation of Fluoride Laden Water by Complexation with Triethylamine Modified Maize Tassels- International Conference on Materials Science & Technology (ICMTech), 01 - 04 March, 2016 held at the Conference Centre, University of Delhi, India
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu- Removal Of Phenolics From Aqueous Media Using Quaternised Maize Tassels-Journal Of Environmental Management (2014) 134 70-79.
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu- Immobilized Fe (III)-doped titanium dioxide for photodegradation of dissolved organic compounds in water- WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium 2013” to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 30th October -1st November 2013.
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi, J. Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndung’u- Preconcentration and spectrophotometric determination of polyDADMAC in treated water by insitu co-precipitation with naphthalene- 13th WaterNet International Commission on Water Resources Systems: 29th October – 2nd November 2012, Johannesburg South Africa.
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi and J. Catherine Ngila- Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu- Method development for the determination of Diallyldimethylammonium chloride at trace- nanotechnology and material science conference 18th – 20th JULY 2012, Kenyatta University
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi and J. Catherine Ngila-Removal of heavy metals from contaminated waters using ethylenediamine-modified and unmodified green seaweed - 12th WaterNet International Commission on Water Resources Systems: Harnessing the Rivers of Knowledge for Socio-Economic Development, Climate Adaptation & Environmental Sustainability. 26 - 28 October 2011, Maputo, Mozambique.
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila and Jonathan Okonkwo-A comparative study between modified and unmodified maize tassels for removal of selected heavy metals in contaminated water-Analitika 2010 International Conference on Analytical Sciences, Stellenbosch, South Africa, December 5-9, 2010.
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi and J. Catherine Ngila (2010)-Adsorption studies of lead, copper and cadmium ions in aqueous solution by ethylenediamine modified amberlite XAD-1180. Faculty of Science and Agriculture Research day, Pietermaritzburg, September 23rd 2010
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi and J. Catherine Ngila Charles Onindo, Hudson Nyambaka and Gerald Muthakia (2005)- Determination and speciation of copper in Kamiti River along coffee farms in Kiambu, Kenya, 5th international conference of the Kenya Chemical Society in Kenyatta University -Nairobi 22nd-26th August 2005

Workshops

  • APRIL 2007 Workshop on underground water management-Addis Ababa University 
  • MAY 2007 Workshop on underground water management-Regional centre for remote sensing

Publications

  • Beatrice.W.Waweru, 1*Isaac. W. Mwangi, 1Jane Murungi, 1Ruth N. Wanjau, 2T.A.M. Msagati , 1Ram Manohah, Remediation of Lead, Cadmium and Copper Polluted Waters by Onion Skins (Allium Cepa), International Journal of Agriculture Innovations and Research (2016) Volume 4, Issue 5, 932-944
  • Charles Kamathi Mwangi1, Isaac W. Mwangi1, Ruth N. Wanjau1, Sauda Swaleh1, Manohar Ram1 & J.C. Ngila2, Remediation of Fluoride Laden Water by Complexation with Triethylamine Modified Maize TasselsEnvironment and Natural Resources Research(2016) Vol. 6, No. 1; 2016 ISSN 1927-0488 E-ISSN 1927-0496
  • Esther Mbuci Kinyua, Isaac W. Mwangi, Ruth N. Wanjau and J. C. Ngila Clarification of colloidal and suspended material in water using triethanolamine modified maize tassels, Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2015) DOI 10.1007/s11356-015-5766-y
  • Onindo C.O., and Isaac W Mwangi, Thermodymamic modeling of the equilibria in lake Baringo, Kenya (2015) Journal Of Agriculture Science and Technology (JAST) 14(2) 104- 113 
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu Preconcentration and spectrophotometric determination of polyDADMAC in treated water by insitu co-precipitation with naphthalene- Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (2014) 72–75 54–60 -Ms. Ref. No. JPCE-D-13-00017
  •  Isaac W Mwangi, G. K. Muthakia C.O. Onindo, H Nyambaka and J.C. Ngila, Determination of levels of copper in Kamiti river along coffee farms in Kiambu, Kenya (2014) Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology 16, (2) 110-122
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati And Patrick Ndungu- Removal Of Phenolics From Aqueous Media Using Quaternised Maize Tassels-Journal Of Environmental Management (2014) 134 70-79.
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu- Method development for the determination of diallyldimethylammonium chloride at trace levels by epoxidation process-Water, Air, & Soil Pollution (2013) 224:1638-1647
  •  Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu- Immobilized Fe (III)-doped titanium dioxide for photodegradation of dissolved organic compounds in water- Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2013) 20 6028–6038
  • C.O. Onindo and I.W. Mwangi-Thermodynamic modeling of the equilibria in Lake Baringo, Kenya. Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology (2012). 14(2), 104-113.
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila and Patrick Ndungu- A new spectrophotometric method for determination of residual polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride flocculant in treated water based on a diazotization–coupled ion pair- Water SA Journal: October (2012) 38 (5) 707-714. 
  • Isaac W Mwangi and J Catherine Ngila- Removal of heavy metals from contaminated waters using ethylenediamine-modified green seaweed- Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (2012) (50–52) 111–120
  • Isaac W Mwangi1, J Catherine Ngila1 and Jonathan Okonkwo- A comparative study between modified and unmodified maize tassels for removal of selected heavy metals in contaminated water- Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry (2012) 94 (1) 20-39.
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi, J. Catherine Ngila, Jonathan, Okonkwo and Joseph Kamau (2010) Adsorption studies of lead, copper and cadmium ions in aqueous solution by ethylenediamine modified amberlite XAD-1180. Published as a book chapter of the proceedings of the International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry- Mauritius (ICPAC 2010) (26th - 30th July 2010). Chapter 20- Chemistry of sustainable developments (2012) .), DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-8650-1 20, © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2 pp 335-352.
  • Isaac W Mwangi, J Catherine Ngila, Titus Msagati and Patrick Ndungu Preconcentration and spectrophotometric determination of polyDADMAC in treated water by insitu co-precipitation with naphthalene- Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (2014) Ms. Ref. No. JPCE-D-13-00017 In press.
  • Isaac Waweru Mwangi, J. Catherine Ngila, Jonathan, Okonkwo and Joseph Kamau (2010) Absorption studies of lead, copper and cadmium ions in aqueous solution by ethylenediamine modified amberlite XAD-1180. Published as a book chapter of the proceedings of the International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry- Mauritius (ICPAC 2010) (26th - 30th July 2010). Chapter 20- Chemistry of sustainable developments (2012) 335-352.

 

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Dr Eric Masika

 

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

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Eric read BSc with major in Chemistry at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), followed by Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Moi University, conducting a final year project in the field of subject methods under the supervision of Prof. J. Agak. Eric progressed to study an MSc Nanoscience at the University of Nottingham undertaking a project under the supervision of Prof Martyn Poliakoff, FRS, CBE. Eric began his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham under supervision of Prof Robert Mokaya. During this time, his research concerned the probing optimal parameters for design, synthesis and characterise novel inorganic and carbonaceous at a nanometre (10-9 m) scale materials and study their structure-properties-applications relations. In September 2012, Eric conducted a postdoctoral research in the same group. In December 2013, Eric relocated to Kenyatta University upon appointment to the position of Lectureship/Researcher.
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, 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

  • 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.

MSc and PhD Supervision (Current):
• Sigei Kipkirui Enock B.Ed (Sc. ) – REG No. 156/22808/2012; Topic: Low cost nanostructured silicon for high performance Li-ion battery anodes from rice husks (RH)
Abstract
There is demand for powerful electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices of which Lithium ion technology is the most promising and is attracting a lot of attention due to its high energy density over other rechargeable technologies. However there is need to improve the electrode materials so as to achieve the highest possible energy capacity. The general goal for battery development is to increase energy and power densities, while minimizing volumetric and mass constraints. Nano-Si has attracted considerable attention as a promising anode material in next generation Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles and portable electronics. This interest is primarily due to its large theoretical specific charge storage capacity of 4,200 mAh g-1, which is more than ten times the theoretical capacity of conventional graphite anodes. While many guidelines for designing high-performance silicon anodes have been established, the existing methods for producing nano-Si anodes are still limited, complex, costly and energy intensive. Alternative fabrication methods that avoid the use of expensive processing are needed to produce Si anodes with comparable cost and scalability to graphite anodes. The recovery of useful materials from earth-abundant substances is of strategic importance for industrial processes. Pure Si nanoparticles (SiNPs) can be derived directly from rice husks, abundant agricultural byproduct. In this study new types of silicon nanoparticles will be extracted from rice husk by combustion and acid leaching for rechargeable batteries. Silica content and the amount of metallic impurities in the samples will be estimated by X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopic technique. Crystallinity will be probed by powder X-Ray diffraction. The morphology and structure of Si nanoparticles will be characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy respectively. Galvanostatic cycling will be done using an MTI 8 Channels battery tester. The study is specifically geared towards providing documented information on amounts of elemental silicon from rice husk varieties available in Kenya and its suitability for high performance Li-ion battery anodes.

• Odhiambo Markus Okoth B. Ed (Sc. ) – REG No. I56/CE/ 21449/2012; Topic: The Thermo-chemical characteristics of peat as a potential gasfier fuel in the Lake Victoria region.
Abstract
Gasification technology is one of the most efficient ways of converting biomass into energy; however, its scale up has failed to take off in a number of developing countries. East Africa and by extension the Lake Victoria Basin happens to be in this category. The Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) relies mostly on hydroelectric power for provision of modern energy. While hydroelectric power is sensitive to climate change, gasification technology has a high potential for reducing biomass energy consumption and increasing access to electricity and cooking facilities hence improving livelihoods and income. The key aspect for failure is the insufficient adaptation of gasification equipment to fuels characteristics, fuel specification and inadequate material choice of system components. The study will investigate the thermo-chemical characteristics of four peat fuels sampled from Yala in Nyanza province Kenya, Northern Rwanda province, Southern Rwanda province and from Uganda within the LVB. The proximate analysis involves moisture content, ash content and volatile matter, this will be determined in an oven and muffle furnace. Heating for calorific values will be determined using Gallenkamp Auto bomb calorimeter. The ultimate analysis will be determined using flash 2000 elemental analyzer.

• NAFUNA ELIZABETH WANYONYI (Bed. Sc. ) REG NO.156/CE/24489/2012: Topic; a Novel Synthesis and Characterization of Dyes for Low Cost Solar Energy Conversion (proposal submitted)

• Charles Ojiambo Ogombe (Bed. Sc.) REG NO: I56/23844/2012: Determination of Cyanide Levels and Effective Methods of Processing Cassava Leaves used as Vegetables in Coast and Western Regions, Kenya (proposal stage).

• Cleopus o Masese REG NO: I56/CE/24073/2012; Column Adsorption of Pb2+ ions from Wastewater using Opunta ficus-indica (Cactus) Ash (proposal stage).

• Wekesa Everlyne Nafula. REG NO. I56/CE/24513/2012. Effect of Temperature for Hydrothermal on Dye-sensitized Solar Cell- by Screen Printing Method. (proposal stage)

 

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Prof. Sauda Swaleh

Title/Qualifications: Dr.rer nat.(Magna cum Laude, Chemistry, (2001) Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
Department/Unit/Section:
Chemistry
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi
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Position:Associate Professor & Deputy Director, Africa Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL).
Area of Specialization: Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry, Promoting Relevance & Quality of Education in Higher Education Institutions.

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Prof. Sauda Swaleh is an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department, Kenyatta University. She is a prolific, well-rounded scholar, researcher and administrator. She has numerous publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, proceedings and several book articles. She is a reviewer of scientific journals in her area of specialization (Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry).
Prof. Swaleh attained doctorate degree (Magna cum Laude) from Humboldt University, Germany. She is a recipient of numerous awards: Prestigious Post Doc – Angewandte Synthese chemie; Research Fellowship – Norvatis / Seeding Labs; Short term awards by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Vice Chancellor Research Grants; Summer School – Technische University, Carolo – Wihelmina zu Braunschweig.
Prof. Sauda Swaleh is currently the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department, Kenyatta University. Prof. Swaleh is the immediate former and first Ag. Deputy Director and overall head of Africa Centre for Transformative & Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL), a partnership between UN Women and Kenyatta University. Before then she served a successful and exemplary five year term as Deputy Dean of Students, Kenyatta University.
Prof. Swaleh has served in national, regional and international Fora. She was key stakeholder in the Natural Products Initiative Platform. She is a member of: DAAD & KDSA, Kenya Chemical Society, NAPRECA, African Women in Science & Engineers (AWSE) International Network of Women Engineers & Scientist (INWES).

Academic Qualification

2010: Visiting Research Fellow
Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research Institute (NIBR) in Massachusetts, USA in the Departments of Investigative Toxicology (iTox), Early Development, Cambridge, Boston, United States of America.

2009: Visiting Scientist
International Summer School, Sustainability in the Organic Chemistry Course, Technische University, Carolo – Wilhemina zu Braunschweig, Germany

2001: Post-doctoral Studies
ASCA, Angewandte Synthesechemie, Adlershof-Berlin, Germany.

2001: Dr. rer. nat (Magna cum Laude), Chemistry,Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

1994: Masters of Science
Research Project – Organic Chemistry (Natural Products)
Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

1990: Bachelor of Education (Science)
Second Class Honours (Upper Division), Kenyatta University, Nairobi.

1986: Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE), Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa.

1984: Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE), Aga Khan High School, Mombasa.

1980: Certificate of Primary Education, Mbheni Girls Primary School, Mombasa.

Research Interest/ Projects

  • Biomedical research, Organic, Bioorganic chemistry and Applied Analytical chemistry.
  • Phytochemical and Biological Studies of Kenyan Medicinal Plants that exhibit cytotoxicity and wound healing properties
  • Evaluation of antimicrobials efficacy of medicinal plants traditionally used in the controlled of infectious diseases and Investigation of Natural Products with Antimalarial, Trypanocidal and Leishmanicidal Activity from Medicinal Plants.
  • Combination of Synthesis and Natural Product Chemistry
  • Synthesis of Potential Antimalarial Agents by Chemical Coupling of Novel Natural Products and Synthetic Templates.
  • Quantification of Phytochemicals with Antioxidant activities from different varieties of fruits and specific vegetables from selected areas in Kenya.
  • Determination of cyanide in Cassava and Cassava products in some parts of Kenya.
  • Bioavailability of Vitamin A, E and C in People living with AIDS and Effects of Indigenous Food in the Management of HIV & AIDS.
  • Higher Education Management issues

Publications

  • Hamisi M. Malebo., Tanja Wenzler., Monical Cal., Sauda M. Swaleh., Maurice O. Omolo., Ahmed Hassanali., Urs Séquin., Daniel Häussinger., Petur Dalsgaard., Matthias Hamburger., Reto Brun and Isaiah O. Ndiege. (2013). Anti-protozal activity of aporphine and protoberberine alkaloids from Annickia kummeriae (Engl. & Diels) Setten & Maas (Annonaceae). BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 13:48, 1-10, 2013. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/13/48.
  • Stanley Tumbo., Richard Musau., Paul Tarus., Wilson Njue., Sauda Swaleh. (2013) Two Pterocarpans and an Ester of Ferulic Acid from Erythrina melanacantha. Journal of Kenya Chemical Society. 7(1), 11 – 17, 2013. JKCS-ISSN 1811-5934.
  • Mayeku, Phillip Wafula., Ahmed Hassanali., Swaleh, Sauda. (2013). Phenolic and Monoterpenoid Mosquito Repellants of Headspace vapors of Conyza newii. Journal of Kenya Chemical Society, 7(1), 7-10, 2013. JKCS-ISSN1811-5934.
  • Mayeku, P. Wafula., Ahmed Hassanali., Kiremire Bernard., Odalo Josiah Ochieng., Christian Hertweck., Swaleh, S. (2013). Antibacterial Activities and Phytochemical Screening of Extracts of Different Parts of Thalictrum Rhynchocarpum. Accepted for Publication in the Journal of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013.
  • Faith W. Mburu., Sauda Swaleh., Wilson Njue. (2012). Potential toxic levels of cyanide in Cassava grown in some parts of Kenya. African Journal of Food Science. 6(16), 416-420, 2012. ISSN 1996-0794@2012. http://www.academicjournals.org/AJFS.
  • Waswa, Fuchaka and Swaleh, Sauda. (2012). Faculty Assessment of the Status of Corporate Management in Public Universities in Kenya. Herald Journal of Education and General Studies. 2012, 1(1), 9-15. http://www.heraldjournals.org/hjegs/archives.htm
  • Faith W. Mburu., Sauda Swaleh., Wilson Njue. (2012). Evaluation of Hydrogen Cyanide Content in Different Cassava Cultivars Using Spectrometric Method. Proceedings from the Inaugural Conference on Nanotechnology and Material Science Development in Kenya, 18th – 21st July, 2012.
  • Njue, W.M., Mburu, F., Nguyo, F., Swaleh, S. (2012) Cassava Toxicity and Associated Diseases. Proceedings of the 2nd Scientific Conference of the Kenya Medical Training College 30 – 31 May, 2012. (www.kmtc.ac.ke).
  • Swaleh S., Njue W, Mburu F, and Nguyo F. (2012). Potential Cassava Toxicity and Associated Diseases. Book of Abstracts of the Egerton Chapter – Kenya DAAD Scholars Association Conference, 2012, From Research to Action Towards Attaining Kenya Vision 2030. Social/ Science & Technology [6].
  • S. Swaleh, W. Njue, F.W. Mburu, F. Nguyo. (2012). Potential Cyanide Cassava Toxicity and Associated Diseases. 5th Annual Conference Ghana Biomedical Convention. Book of Abstracts, 2012, Nutrition, Food Science and Dietetics [59], 89. http://www.ghanabiomedicalconvention.org
  • W. Njue., F.W. Mburu., S. Swaleh., F. Nguyo. (2012) Potential Cyanide Cassava Toxicity and Associated Diseases. Book of Abstract, 2012. The Future of Biodiversity Research in Africa: Scope, Opportunities, Collaborations, Access and Sharing Benefits in the Humboldt-Kolleg held at the Taita Taveta University College, Voi, Kenya on 17th – 20th July, 2012.
  • Njue, W.M., Mburu, F., Swaleh, S. (2011) Fatal cassava food poisoning in Eastern Province, Cassava Cyanide Diseases and Neuronathyrism Network (CCDN), 18, 2011. ISSN1838-8817(print): ISSN 1838-8825: ISSN 1838-8825 (Online).
  • Hamisi M. Malebo., Wenzler Tanja., Monica Cal., Sauda M. Swaleh., Ahmed Hassanali., Isaiah. O. Ndiege., Urs. Sequin., Danniel Haeussinger., Matthias Hamburger., Reto Brun. Anti-plasmodial, anti-trypanosomal, anti-leishmanial and cytotoxicity activity of selected Tanzanian medicinal plants. Tanzanian Journal of Medicinal Plants. 11 (4) 2009, ISSN 1821-6404.
  • Hamisi, Malebo.; Sauda Swaleh.; A. Hassanali.; I.Ndiege,; U.Sequin.; R. Brun. Promising invitro antimalarial activity of Annickia kummeriae, a Tanzanian medicinal plant, Abstract/Acta Tropica. 117C, S192, 2005.
  • Frizt Theil, Helmut Sonnenschein, Benno Hungerhoff and Sauda M. Swaleh.Combining Lipase-catalyzed Kinetic Resolutions of Racemic Alcohols with Fluorous Phase Labelling. Handbook of Fluorous Chemistry edited by John A. Gladysz.; Dennis P. Curran,; István T. Horváth. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KgaA @2004, ISBN-3-527-30617-x, Chapter 10.15, 223-332, Chapter 11, part 11.19, 403 - 405, part 11.20, 405, part 11.21, 407 - 409.

Publication on Relevance, Quality and Management of Education in Higher Education Institutions

  • Waswa, Fuchaka and Swaleh, Sauda. (2012). Faculty Assessment of the Status of Corporate Management in Public Universities in Kenya. Herald Journal of Education and General Studies. 2012, 1(1), 9-15. http://www.heraldjournals.org/hjegs/archives.htm
  • Sauda Swaleh and John Githaiga. (2007). Multidisciplinary Research:- A Way Forward for Higher Education Institutions. Change and Innovation in Higher Education. Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education:  Regional Eastern Africa UNISTAFF Alumni Network. 29th October – 2nd November, Lilongwe, Malawi. 2007, 45-50.
  • John Githaiga., Sheilla Odhiambo and Sauda Swaleh. (2007).Challenge of Implementing Practical Engineering – Based Curriculum in the Advent of Increasing Student Enrolment. Change and Innovation in Higher Education. Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education:  Regional Eastern Africa UNISTAFF Alumni Network. 29th October – 2nd November, Lilongwe, Malawi. 2007, 99-106.
  • Sauda, M. Swaleh. Katana , Gabriel. “Towards Establishing A Research Centre at Kenyatta University – A Way of Promoting Relevance and Quality in Education”. Promoting Relevance and Quality in International Higher Education @2006, 269–278, ISSN–10: 3-00-019115–1/ISBN-13:978-3-00-019115-2
  • Katana, Gabriel. Sauda, M. Swaleh; “New Trends in the Postgraduate Curriculum at Kenyatta University”. Promoting Relevance and Quality in International Higher Education @2006, 49-61, ISBN-10:3-00-019115-1/ISBN-13:978-3-00-019115-2.
  • Sauda, M. Swaleh.” Organizing and Strengthening of Research Programs in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University” Towards a Shared Vision for Higher Education – Cross-Cultural Insights and Projects, ISOS, Friedmann, Witzenhausen, Germany, 2005, Vol (IV), 421-436.

Conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops
Participation in Workshop/ Conferences

Academic Workshop/ Conferences
• May 2015: International Kenya Chemical Society to be held at the University of Nairobi from 5th – 8th May, 2015.
• November 2014: 6th International Conference on Appropriate Technology (6th ICAT) to be held at Kenyatta University from 25th – 29th November, 2014.

• August 2014: Experiments with Nanostructured Materials by Prof. Robert Mokaya of School of Chemistry University of Nottingham on 12th August, 2014.

• August 2014: Kenya Chemical Society Workshop held at Jomo Kenyatta University on 30th August, 2014.
• July, 2014: Royal Society Workshop held at the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus from 8th – 9th July, 2014.

• May, 2014: DAAD – Alumni Conference held at Safari Park, Nairobi on 28th – 30th May, 2014.

• April 2014: Training on Transformational Leadership for Kenyatta University Mentorship Programme held on 14th to 19th April, 2014.

• April. 2014: Royal Society of Chemistry and Procter and Gamble Company Workshop held at Kenyatta University on 2nd April, 2014.

• February, 2014: Kenya Chemical Society Workshop held at the KCS Nairobi Chapter Annual General Meeting held at Kenyatta University on 15th February, 2014.

• December, 2013: 15th Symposium of the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) held at the University of Khartoum, Sudan on 7th – 10th December, 2013.

• August 2013: Kenya Chemical Society Nairobi Chapter Workshop on Chemical Safety, Security and waste Management held at the Multimedia University on 31st August, 2013

• June 2013: Postgraduate Seminar by MSc & PhD Graduands, “Making Informed Choices for Kenya to Realize Double Digit Economic Growth” held at the BSSC on 19th and 21st September, 2013.

• June 2013: International Academic Conference “The Dean in the University of the Future Learning from and Progressing with each other” held at the University of Saarland, Saarbrueken, Germany on 27 – 28 June, 2013.

• May 2013: KDSA 2013 Annual Conference on African Cities of the Future: Smart, Sustainable, Participatory held at Safari Park on 30th – 31st May, 2013.

• November 2012: Attended the Small Wind Turbine Stakeholders Development Workshop at Laico Regency on 21st November, 2012.

• November 2012: Kenya DAAD Scholars Association Conference, “From Research to Action Towards Attaining Vision 2030” held at Egerton University, CMRT on 14 – 16th November, 2012.

• November 2012: Postgraduate Seminar by MSc & PhD Graduands, “Applying Research to Regional Challenges of Leadership and Citizenship” held at BSSC on 28th November, 2011.

• August 2012: Attended the Vaccines Workshop by Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research Natural Products by Global Head; Clinical Development & Regulatory Affairs at the University of Ghana on 4th August 2012.

• August 2012: Clinical Pharmacology Workshop by Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research Natural Products by Global Scientific Development Director at the University of Ghana on 4th August 2012.

• August 2012: Natural Products Workshop by Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research Natural Products Unit Scientists held at the University of Ghana on 3rd August 2012.
• August 2012: Attended the Scientific Seminar on Sustainable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in Emerging Markets by Prof. Joseph M. Fortunak, Howard University, United States at the BSSC on 16th August, 2012.

• August 2012: Attended Kenya Chemical Society – Nairobi Chapter Workshop held at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held on 25th August, 2012.

• July 2012: Attended the Humboldt Conference organized by the Taita Taveta University College with the Support of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD and NCST on 17th – 20th July 2012.

• July 2012: Attended the Ghana Biomedical Convention 5th Annual Conference. Theme: Enhancing Biomedical Research Education for National Development held at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Legon- Accra, Ghana on 30th July – 1st August, 2012.

• June 2012: Attended the Hands-on- Workshop in Point of Care Diagnostic organized by the Institute of Primate Research (IPR), National Museums of Kenya and University of Alberta, Canada 0n 25th June, 2012.

• February 2012: Attended the Scientific Novartis Seedings Labs Seminar by Dr. Heather Burks and Dr. Lewis Whitehead held at the BSSc, Kenyatta University on 7th February, 2012.
• Jan 2012: Attended the Scientific Seminar on “Molecular Ecology of Insect Adaptation to Plant Defence” by Dr. Peter de Jong, Wageningen University, Netherlands at BSSC on 17th January, 2012.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2016 08:40

Chemistry Academic Staff

The Department has 33 academic staff and 10 technical staff members who are actively involved in teaching and research in the following areas of specialization:
• Organic Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry
• Analytical Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Industrial Chemistry
• Computational Chemistry

The academic staff members are actively involved in research in their areas of specialization as follows.
Sumesh Chander Chhabra (PhD): Professor in natural products chemistry, with specialization in identification and structural elucidation of medicinal compounds from plants and herbs

Ahmed Hassanali (PhD): Professor in natural products chemistry, with specialization in bio-prospecting (arthropod repellents, acaricides, mosquitocides, trypanocides) and chemical ecology & control of human and animal disease vectors (tsetse, mosquitoes, ticks), plant pests (desert locust, stem borers, termites, postharvest pests) and parasitic weeds; arthropod ecological & behavior modeling.

Caroline Lang’at-Thoruwa (PhD): Associate Professor in natural products chemistry, synthesis and semi synthesis of natural products, pharmaceuticals - anti-malarials, anti-microbials and post-harvest natural pesticides.
Wilson Njue (PhD): Associate Professor in natural products chemistry, organic synthesis, natural products, phytochemical studies, medicinal properties of plants.

Hudson Nyambaka (PhD): Associate Professor in analytical chemistry with specialization in analysis of nutrients using chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, food processing and its effect on nutritional qualities; bioavailability and bioconversion of food nutrients; development of chemical procedures; environmental pollution from heavy metals and pesticides; analysis of aflatoxins in foods.

Jane I. Murungi (PhD): Associate Professor in analytical/environmental chemistry specializing in inorganic analysis of heavy metals and inorganic anions in water bodies; environmental pollution due to vehicular emissions, industrial effluents and indoor and outdoor particulates.

Henry Thairu (PhD): Associate Professor in physical chemistry specializing in
electrochemistry, corrosion studies, metal ion complexes and their use as environmental and biological ligands; thermodynamics studies.
Sauda Swaleh (PhD): Associate Professor in natural product chemistry with specialization in anti-malarial and antimicrobial constituents of medicinal plants and elucidation of their structures; analysis and bioactivity of essential oils and food toxicology studies.

Alex K. Machocho (PhD): Associate Professor innatural products chemistry with particular reference to bio-pesticides for the control of pests; anti-malarial and anti-microbial agents from medicinal plants; structural elucidation of natural products; synthesis of bioactive natural products.

Charles O. Onindo (PhD): Senior Lecturer in physical chemistry with specialization in metal ion complexes and their use as environmental and biological ligands; thermodynamics studies of biomolecules and metal ions in natural water and biological systems.

Ruth Wanjau (PhD): Senior Lecturer in analytical/environmental chemistry with emphasis on analysis of heavy metals and inorganic anions in water bodies; environmental pollution due to vehicles, industrial effluents and indoor and outdoor particulates; body immunity boosting nutrients.

Joseph K. Thiongo (PhD): Senior Lecturer in physical chemistry with emphasis on corrosion science and cement chemistry.
Richard Musau (PhD): Senior Lecturer in synthetic organic chemistry specializing in synthesis of furan-based bifunctional and macrocyclic molecules; identification of biologically active principles of medicinal plants; biofuels.

Alfonse W. Wanyonyi (PhD): Senior Lecturer in natural product chemistry with particular reference to isolation and structure elucidation of secondary metabolites from medicinal plants, mainly molluscicidal, antimalarials and biopesticides; synthesis of bioactive natural products.

Ram Manohar (PhD): Senior Lecture in organic and industrial chemistry
Margaret Nganga (PhD): Senior Lecturer in natural products chemistry with specialization in isolation and characterization of antimalarial compounds from plants; antiplasmodial assays; chemical ecology of ticks and tsetse.
Mildred Nawiri (PhD): Senior Lecturer in analytical chemistry with specialization in bioavailability and bioconversion of carotenoids from foods; environmental chemistry.

Evans Changamu (PhD): Lecturer in inorganic and computational chemistry with focus on coordination and organometallic chemistry, computational bioinorganic chemistry.
Bernard Ogolla (PhD): Lecturer in inorganic chemistry specializing in complex formation of rare earth metals with N-heterocyclic ligands; soil fertility status and their effect on plants/crops.
Gitari M. Mugambi (MSc.): Lecturer in theoretical chemistry; spectroscopy and Perturbation theory studies
Godfrey Kibe Macharia(PhD): Lecturer in inorganic and computational chemistry with focus on computational chemistry and quantum chemistry studies.

Harun M. Mbuvi (PhD): Lecturer in inorganic chemistry with focus on coordination and organometallic chemistry, transition metal catalysis, waste water treatment, soil fertility and porous materials.

Robert M. Bichanga (PhD): Lecturer in physical and industrial chemistry with focus on renewable energy and fuels, process equipment design, honey research.

Eric Masika (PhD): Lecturer in physical chemistry specializing in nanostructured inorganic and carbonaceous porous solids for environmental remediation and water purification. 

Lucy W. Kiruri (PhD): Lecturer in physical and computational chemistry specializing in structure and reactivity of environmentally important compounds, catalytic reactions on metal oxides, transition states and electron transfer.
Isaac W. Mwangi (PhD): Lecturer in physical and analytical chemistry specializing in remediation of water and sanitation.

Peter Ndangili (PhD): Lecturer in physical chemistry specializing in
synthesis, functionalization and characterization of electro-active nanoparticles and subsequent application in sensors and biosensors

Lilian W. Gatogo (PhD): Lecturer in analytical chemistry specializing in
Bioanalytical chemistry

Julius M. Williams (PhD): Lecturer in synthetic organic and green chemistry specializing in structure modification of natural repellents; analysis of harmful contents in locally manufactured cosmetics and traditional medicine; clean selective reactions of polyols.

Henry Mwangi (PhD): Lecturer in organic chemistry specializing in phytochemistry of medicinal plants and algae.

Judy Mwaura (PhD): Lecturer in organic chemistry specializing in Molecular basis of glutamate transport in the mammalian central nervous system
(CNS) an the link between glutamate transport in the CNS and neurological/neuropsychiatric disorders

Katana Chengo (M.Sc.): Tutorial Fellow in inorganic chemistry specializing in
bioinorganic and computational chemistry.

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