The College of Science, Engineering and Technology hosted the 3rd International SA-Taiwan Workshop at UNISA’s Science campus on 24th August 2018. The project deals with the synthesis, characterization and application of various polymer nanocomposites using microcelluar injection mounding method which ultimately enhances the water application. It has been solely supported by National Research Foundation, South Africa and Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan as bilateral staff/student exchange program.
NanoWS has the mandate to improve the quality of research in both Nanotechnology and water Research area and also the representing the unit and UNISA at international level. The project not only full fill the expectation but also support to improve quality of research and exposure to the staff/student at international level.
In his opening remarks, Professor Bhekie Mamba, the Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, congratulated the organisers for the impactful project that ensures that researchers continue to share international knowledge. He then encouraged the PhD students to continue ensuring that their research becomes impactful and provide solutions to the problems facing the societies.
According to the Conference Chairperson, Professor, AK Mishra from Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit “We have come to an end of the 3-year project and achieved most of the objectives however it has opened many venture to extend research to next level which will ultimately not benefit the staff but to the student as well as it promotes knowledge exchange and generation of intellectual property. I am thankful to Prof Mamba who has announced to add the collaboration as ‘strategic partner’ which means project will be continued by internal support of CSET, UNISA and will achieve maximum publication and improve quality of research in generation of knowledge and skill.”
The workshop was a great success and the three-judge panel crowned two of our students as best presenter in the following two categories:
- Ms Diseko Boikanyo (PhD) was recognised as best presenter in overall progress and research achievements.
- Mr Smile Mobape was recognised as best presenter at the proposal and planned research stage.