Dr. Mohau Justice Phiri – General and Technical Director
Dr. Mohau Phiri has obtained his BSc degree in Chemical Technology from the National University of Lesotho. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch where he obtained both Master of Science (MSc) in Chemical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Polymer Science. He held the position of Physical & Polymer Chemistry lecturer for more than 4 years at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He was also part of the Advisory Board for the course of Diploma in Analytical Chemistry at the same university. He is a Professional Chemist (PrChemSA) registered with a South African Chemical Institute and he has more than 10 years’ experience in both applied research and laboratory projects. He has extensive teaching experience at the tertiary level for Physical Chemistry, Polymer Technology, Chemical Process Technology, and Polymer Science and he has supervised several projects for postgraduate students at Honours, MSc, and PhD levels. He is also involved in several community-based projects. Currently, his main research interests include the waste management of plastics, applied research methods in Chemistry and Rubber Technology, experimental formulations, and statistical analysis of large analytical data. His hobbies include running, cycling, and soccer.
Dr. Mapoloko Mpho Phiri – Project Director
Dr. Mapoloko Mpho Phiri is an alumnus of the National University of Lesotho and has obtained all her postgraduate degrees in Polymer Chemistry, including Ph.D., from Stellenbosch University. Her research experience spans a wide spectrum of polymer and rubber science areas including synthesis of monomers & polymers, synthetic coatings, vulcanization and devulcanization of rubbers, polymer, and rubber characterization methods as well as their applications. Dr. Phiri is currently a researcher at the Center for Rubber Science & Technology housed at the Chemistry department of Nelson Mandela University. Her current research focuses on finding alternative ways of converting waste tyres and waste plastics into products of commercial value. Apart from the supervision of postgraduate students, she has been involved in conducting feasibility studies and the development of prototypes, on behalf of the Center for Rubber Science and Technology, for local entrepreneurs. Some of Dr. Phiri’s work has been published in accredited international journals. Her hobbies crafting and singing.