Postgraduate Students Profiles

MSc Chemistry

Interests revolve around research and quality control of processes that impact customers.

A certified Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001:2015 auditor, specialized in laboratory Management Systems ISO/IEC 17025 audit, with a keen focus on method validation and uncertainty of measurements.

Undertook project research on pollution level as a result of socio-economic activities around River Sare in Awendo division.

Ph.D. in Chemistry Candidate

Ph.D. Topic of Study: Assessment of selected polybrominated diphenyl ethers in Nairobi river drainage basin, Kenya, and study on their photocatalytic degradation

Research Interest:

  1. Monitoring chemical pollutants, which negatively affect public health and the environment (air, water, soil, and sediment) media
  2. Investigating the efficiency of possible removal/remediation techniques   for the environmental chemical pollutants
  3. Analyzing toxic compounds in food
  4. Developing new analytical methods for the analysis of pollutants in different media.

MSc Analytical Chemistry

COURSE: MSc Analytical Chemistry.

TOPIC OF STUDY: Agricultural Waste to Green Transport Fuel; Catalytic Hydrothermal Reforming of Pyrolysis oil from Bagasse.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Bio-refinery, Bioenergy, Energy & Environment, Catalysis, Chemical Process Analytics/Process Improvement, Food Safety & Quality, Analytical Method Development, Soil Chemistry, Waste Recovery & SugarTechnology.                                                                                                    

SUPERVISORS:        

Dr. Fredrick Mwazighe

Department of Chemistry

University of Nairobi

 

Dr. Richard Kimilu

Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

University of Nairobi

 

Dr. Beth Ndunda

Department of Chemistry

University of Nairobi

MSc Environmental Chemistry

Ms. Rouble holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Omdurman Islamic University. She's now pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Chemistry.

MSc Chemistry Student

Research Interests:

Development and Application of Analytical Methods for Laboratory Chemistry Environmental Studies.
Development and testing of Analytical Methods for Analysis of Inorganic Chemicals of Industrial Origin.
Computer-controlled Instrumentation and Data Acquisition and Analysis

Jane Macharia is a PhD student at the department of chemistry. She endeavours to use her knowledge in chemical sciences to understand and provide solutions to current and emerging problems. Her research interests are in the field of environmental chemistry, water chemistry, coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry. Currently she is investigating the possibility of transmission of fluoride from mothers to their babies through milk under the supervision of Prof. David K. Kariuki. Consumption of excess fluoride cause negative health effects therefore exposure to infants should be monitored.

Her PhD studies are jointly sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme Kenya, 2018 and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) through the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) fellowship program. She is a CARTA Cohort 9 fellow.

MSc Industrial Chemistry

 

Sylvia Kamau holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry.

Ph.D. Chemistry Candidate

Topic of Study: “Phytochemical Study of Selected Dracaena Species for Anti-Inflammatory and Anticancer Principles''

Research interests:His main research interest is on isolation, structure elucidation, and hemisynthesis of bioactive natural products from medicinal plants with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, which has led to the publication of 6 research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

He has co-authored 2 book chapters and is highly skilled in the characterization of organic molecules using modern analytical techniques including NMR, LC-MSn, semi-preparative HPLC, Column Chromatography (CC), GC-MS, X-ray diffraction analysis, CD, UV, and FT-IR.

Supervisors:

Prof Leonidah Kerubo Omosa,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Prof Abiy Yenesew
Department of Chemistry,
University of Nairobi, Kenya
 

Ph.D. in Chemistry Candidate

Ms. Bonareri is currently a Ph.D. in Chemistry candidate working on corrosion of steel roofing sheets. 

She did Msc Environmental Chemistry, where she worked on the analysis of the concentration of heavy metals, pesticides, and nutrients in the Lake Elementaita drainage basin.

During her BSc studies, she studied Industrial Chemistry where she worked on fluoride in Lake Bogoria.

 

Research title: Investigation of atmospheric corrosive behavior of metallic coated and prepainted steel roofing sheets as influenced by selected environmental parameters in marine, industrial and rural environments in Kenya.

 

Research interest:

1.Corrosion chemistry especially degradation of paints and corrosive behavior of steel.

2.Environmental chemistry: analysis of heavy metals, nutrients, and pesticides in different matrices.

 

 

Supervisors: Dr. John Onyatta, Prof. Amir Yusuf, and Dr. Vincent Madadi.

Ph.D. Chemistry Candidate

Topic of Study: “Occurrence, distribution and environmental impact of organophosphate
residues in the lower Tana River catchment: a case study of river Kathita in Tharaka- Nithi
county, Kenya..”

Supervisors:

Dr. Deborah A. Abongo,

Department of Chemistry,

University of Nairobi

 

Dr. P. M. Guto

Department of Chemistry,

University of Nairobi

 

Dr. J. G. Kithure

Department of Chemistry,

University of Nairobi

 

Dr. V.O. Madadi,

Department of Chemistry,

University of Nairobi