Enhanced Opportunities for MGU Students at Johannesburg University

Johannesburg University in South Africa is offering enhanced opportunities for research and internships to Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) students. Following the successful completion of Ph.D. studies by two MGU students at Johannesburg University, the selection process for post-doctoral research and internships for postgraduate students, as part of the collaboration project between the two universities, has commenced.

As part of this initiative, Professor Samuel Oluwatobi Oluwafemi, renowned for his significant contributions to Nanotechnology, is currently at MGU to interview interested students in the initial phase. The final selection will be based on the evaluation of proposals submitted by the students and a subsequent interview in the second phase.

Post-doctoral research opportunities are available in Nano Science and Theory Modeling, with Professor Oluwafemi leading the research. Internships are open to second-year postgraduate students from the School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Energy Materials, and the international and inter university centre for nanoscience and nanotechnology((IIUCNN) at MGU.

Dr. Jose Varghese and D. V. Ramya, who were selected for this programme during their Ph.D. studies at IIUCNN, successfully completed the course last year.

Professor Oluwafemi is a leading figure in the synthesis of semiconductor nanomaterials for various applications and ranks among the top scientists in the categories of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, as well as Engineering and Technology in global rankings. His research spans groundbreaking work in cancer treatment, optical devices, and environmental sensing. He employs a multidisciplinary approach, synthesising binary, ternary, and quaternary semiconductor nanomaterials, including quantum dots, metal nanomaterials, core-shells, doped nanostructures, and polymer nanocomposites.

His global impact is evident through extensive collaborations, particularly with Professor Sabu Thomas, the former Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University and the current director of IIUCNN. This collaboration has resulted in 10 joint books, 20 publications, and participation in BRICS projects. Currently, Professor Thomas serves as a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg, further strengthening the international collaboration between their research groups.