Notable researchers



      Prof. Shem O. Wandiga

Shem O. Wandiga is Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi. He is  a Ph.D holder from the Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A.

Professor Wandiga’s research interests lie in studying sources and sinks of biogenic gases; persistent organochlorine pesticides in the tropics; trace metals concentration in various environmental media; complexes of Group VB metals with sulfur and oxygen binding ligands; and climate change and health. He was the Principal Investigator in project called “Capacit y building to evaluate and adapt to climate-change-induced vulnerability to malaria and cholera in the Lake Victoria Region under the GEF funded, UNEP executed and START and TWAS implemented project: Assessment of Impact and Adaptation to Climate Change. He was the Coordinator of another GEF funded, UNEP implemented and ACTS executed project on integrating vulnerability and adaptation to climate changeinto sustainable development policy planning and implementation in eastern andsouthern Africa: KENYA Pilot Project Design: Increasing Community Resilience to Drought in Makueni District. He is also a member of the team in the project Equatorial Africa Deposition Network similarly funded by GEF and administered by UNEP.

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    Prof. Raphael Munavu

Munavu is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi. He attended Kalamazoo College (B.A.) from 1967 to 1970; Wayne State University (M.Sc. in Chemistry) from 1970to 1972; and the University of Detroit ( Ph. D. in Chemistry) from 1972 to 1975. His areas of academic specialization are Natural Products , Organic Synthesis, Environmental and Industrial chemistry.

Munavu has published over sixty (60) refereed and commissioned papers and supervised twenty one (21) post graduate students in Chemistry. He has written teaching manuals in Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Carbohydrate Chemistry and RenewableResources of Energy.


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       Professor David Kariuki
          Associate Professor

Prof. David Kariuki obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, BSc, MSc University of Nairobi. His areas of interest lie on the vibrational spectra of coordination and organometallic compounds, Quantitative analysis of various anions e.g. fluoride, chloride, nitrate/nitrite, carbonates using ion selective electrodes and colorimetric methods, Analysis of heavy metals in the environment e.g. rivers, lakes, sludge and foods using atomic absorption, UV/visible and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopic methods, Utilization of mineral resources e.g. manufacture of sodium hydroxide and sodium bicarbonate from sodium carbonate using precipitation and/or electrolytic methods, Preparation and characterization of nickel (III) and copper (III) biureto complexes, Recovery of silver metal from used photographic films, Formulations using essential oils.

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