Vitus Ejesieme

Current study: PhD: Chemistry

Project: An investigation of the combustion kinetics of coal/microalgae composite

Promoter: Former Prof Ben Zeelie, Current Dr Gary Dugmore

Student’s qualifications:

MSc: Chemistry, NMMU (2013)

BSc Hons Formulation Science, NMMU (2011)

SAIM Postgraduate Cert Business Management, UNISA (2010)

BSc: Honours Industrial Chemistry, Imo State University (IMSU) (2000)

Research interest: Combustion and Fuel Chemistry, Coal-Biomass Co-firing, Petroleum Chemistry, Product and Process Optimization, Polymer and Material, Agro-chemistry, Entrepreneurship.

Work experience:

  • Educator,  Department of Education, Eastern Cape (2008 - 2010)
  • Quality Assurance Chemist, Animal Care Laboratory (2004 - 2007)
  • Quality Control Chemist, Sanders Laboratory ( 2001 - 2003)
  • Educator, Department of Education Ekiti state (2000)

Other interests: Swimming, music, travelling, tennis and reading.








Nokuthula Ethel Magida

Current study: PhD

Project: Green House Gas emission reduction through the co-firing of coal and microalgae biomass: An experimental evaluation

Promoter: Former Prof Ben Zeelie, Current Dr Gary Dugmore

Student’s qualifications:

MSc Engineering Sciences (Chemical) (2013, Northwest University)

BSc Hons (Biochemistry) (2011, University of Fort Hare)

BSc (Biochemistry & Microbiology) (2010, University of Fort Hare)

Research interests: Biodiesel and Bioethanol production; Development of technologies for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Conferences: 2012: Oral presentation at the South African Institution for Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) conference, Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Work experience: Tutorship in Biochemistry (University of Fort Hare - 2010).

Other interests: Attending conferences, reading scientific journals, watching television, listening to music.

Bothwell Nyoni

Current study: PhD

Project:Pilot plant scale pyrolysis of coal-algae composites

Promoter:Former Prof Ben Zeelie, Current Co-Promoter Dr Shaka Shabangu

Student’s qualifications: MEng Chemical Engineering, 2012, North West University, Potchefstroom, RSA

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering, 2007, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Research interests: Energy, Industrial Chemistry, Water treatment technologies


MPRA. A. Phiri, B. Nyoni. (2014) The electricity-growth nexus in South Africa: Evidence from asymmetric co-integration and co-feature analysis

Studies in Business and Economics. A. Phiri, B. Nyoni. (2016) Re-Visting The Electricity-Growth Nexus In South Africa.

Modern Applied Science. D. Dube, C.T. Parekh, B. Nyoni. (2016) Removal of Chromium and Nickel from Electroplating Wastewater using Magnetite Particulate Adsorbent: (1) Effect of pH, Contact Time and Dosage, (2) Adsorption Isotherms and Kinetics

Work experience

Lecturer (2013 – 2015), Department of Applied Chemistry, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Chemistry Teacher (2012 – 2013), Matopo High School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Engineer in Training (2008 – 2009), Hwange Colliery Co. Ltd, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Other interests:Volleyball, Sports