South African Young Academy of Science

Usisipho Feleni

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Dr Usisipho Feleni is a Senior Lecturer at the Nanotechnology and Sustainability Research Unit (NanoWS) in the School of Science, University of South Africa (UNISA). She holds an MSc Nanoscience and a PhD Chemistry degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Her research expertise is in the development of chalcogenide quantum dots as tuneable electroactive platforms for the fabrication of biosensors, for biomedical and environmental analysis. She also has current research interest on electrochemical membranous reactors for water purification. She has published more than 20 papers and supervised 7 MSc students. She has given oral presentations at international scientific conferences and symposia, and has done several popular media interviews on the impact of her research work. She is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC), as well as, a Full Member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the International Society of electrochemistry (ISE). She is a Visiting Lecturer for the MSc Nanoscience degree programme at UWC. Her recent awards include the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Doctoral Fellowship Award in 2016 and the South African Women in Science TATA Doctoral Fellowship Award in 2016. Dr Feleni also, has expertise in small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) spectroscopy. She has research collaborations at the Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre at Linkoping University in Sweden, the University of the Western Cape Sensor Laboratories (SensorLab) and the Tianjin Polytechnic University (TJPU) in China.