South African Young Academy of Science

Samson Khene

Samson Khene

Dr Samson Khene is a Senior Lecture in Physical Chemistry at Rhode University. His main field of research has been in the synthesis and spectroscopic characterisation of phthalocyanine complexes for their possible application as photosensitisers in photodynamic therapy (PDT), electrocatalysis and nonlinear optical (NLO) material. He has published research papers in international Journals (with impact factors ranging from 1.4 to 13) and 1 book chapter. He hold a NRF Y rating and has an h-index of 13 (Scopus), a HOPE fellow, Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP) fellow and member of the Board of African Network for Electroanalytical Chemistry (ANEC). He has been selected to attend 9th HOPE meeting with Noble prize Laureates in Japan (2017) and Africa Science Leadership program (2017). He has been invited to be a speaker at the Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Seattle (USA) May 2018. Dr Khene has served as an external examiner for PhD and MSc research thesis, a journal editor, a reviewer for journals, conferences and NRF funding proposals. He is a co-organiser of “General Session” symposia at the 70th international Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) 2019, to be held in Durban (It is the first of its kind in Africa).

Dr khene is a co-founder of the Rhodes Science Dialogues (RSD) and Science Village Hubs (SVH) (under ASLP initiative). The initiative arose from a deep concern of creating a more scientifically literate African society. He believes that a scientifically illiterate society is a disempowered society, which does not fully possess the capacity to engage with and understand natural and social phenomenon. The “Science Village Hubs” is composed of individual from different African Countries, namely South Africa, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia and Nigeria.