Affiliateship: 2016 - 2020
Andala is a Senior Lecturer for materials chemistry at the Multimedia University’s Department of Chemistry in Kenya. He has a PhD in nanotechnology/materials chemistry from State University of New York at Binghamton, USA. He undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Dr Andala is involved in policy development and capacity building in the area of nanotechnology. He chaired the Committee on establishment of nanotechnology in Kenya and is a stakeholder in the ‘Development of National Research Agenda: Role of Science, Research and Innovation in stimulating Economic growth (i.e. Vision 2030)’ spearheaded by National Commission for Science Innovation and Technology.
He is the Editor in Chief for the Kenya Chemical Society. He was also involved in setting up the Pan-African Centre of Excellence in Nanomedicine. He is involved in promotion of Chemical Safety and Security in Kenya and the drafting of the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics (GCCE) spearheaded by American Chemical Society in partnership with OPCW. He is currently supervising 8 PhD students and several masters students and has 14 publications in peer reviewed journals and two books. He has organised, given talks and attended several local and international conferences on nanotechnology and materials science. His research interests include the development of metal nanoparticles, metal and metal oxide nanofibers and nanotubes. He is currently a member of Kenya Academy of Sciences; American Chemical Society, Kenya Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, African Materials Research Society, ANSOLE and Materials Research Society and an IUPAC-Affiliate.