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Iwuoha Emmanuel I.

Elected: 2018

Country (Nationality)

South Africa


Chemical Sciences


Emmanuel Iwuoha (PhD 1986, University of Ibadan, Nigeria) is the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair (Tier 1) for NanoElectrochemistry and Sensor Technology; and a Senior Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK in 1999. Prof Iwuoha is an electrochemist and has more than 25 years of experience on biosensors and electroanalysis; and has current research interest on electrochemical and photovoltaic energy materials. He has supervised 52 PhD and 59 MSc graduates. He is an editorial board member of Analytical Chemistry (the American Chemical Society (ACS) Analytical Division’s flagship journal), as well as Bioelectrochemistry (the Bioelectrochemical Society’s flagship journal).  He is the Founder and Director of SensorLab (the UWC Sensor Research Laboratories) since 2002. Within the framework of the Department of Science and Technology’s Nanoscience Pedagogical Strategies, Prof Iwuoha in 2012 led the establishment of the first interuniversity MSc Nanoscience degree programme in South Africa, involving the Nelson Mandela University, the University of the Free State, the University of Johannesburg and UWC. In 2013, Prof Iwuoha in collaboration with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), founded the All African Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (AANNI). From 1998 to 2000, he led the interdisciplinary team of scientists that developed the 1990 and 1992 Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and produced the country’s Initial National Communication on Climate Change (INCCC), under the United Nation Framework Commission on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His recent awards include the UWC Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Researcher Award for 2015; and the maiden edition of the UWC Research Excellence Award for Best Established Researcher for 2017.