Workshops and Conference Presentation
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Name: Eric Masika
Lecturer/Researcher/Consultant 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. 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).
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.
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
MSc and PhD Supervision (Current):
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Title/Qualifications: Dr.rer nat.(Magna cum Laude, Chemistry, (2001) Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
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).
2010: Visiting Research Fellow
2009: Visiting Scientist
2001: Post-doctoral Studies
2001: Dr. rer. nat (Magna cum Laude), Chemistry,Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
1994: Masters of Science
1990: Bachelor of Education (Science)
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
Publication on Relevance, Quality and Management of Education in Higher Education Institutions
Conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops
Academic Workshop/ Conferences
• 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.
• 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 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.
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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
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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