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Lydia Rhyman

Affiliateship: 2021-2025

Cohort 6

Country (Nationality)



Chemical Sciences


Dr Lydia Rhyman was awarded a PhD in Computational Chemistry (2013) from the University of Mauritius. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Computational Chemistry Group at the University of Mauritius, Mauritius, and the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research interest lies in the use of Computational Chemistry to solve chemistry related problems which cannot be assessed by experiments and to tackle the sustainable goals. She has 105 publications in peer-reviewed journals, three book chapters and one patent. Her passion for research has helped her to be recognized as she is being invited to present at international conferences as plenary and invited speaker and to give seminars at universities abroad. Besides her interest in research, she is active in the organisation of conferences, seminars, workshops and outreach activities. She is also active in promoting Computational Chemistry in Africa with moderate investments. She promotes science education among girls in secondary schools and at tertiary level. She seizes every opportunity to participate and organize activities for capacity building to encourage students to pursue research to tackle issues that the continent is currently facing. She raises awareness on responsible research practices and integrity, particularly among young African scientists. She was awarded the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellows’ Excellence Award from the University of Johannesburg as well as several research/travel grants. She is currently a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, a fellow of the African Science Leadership Programme and a Lindau alumni.