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UJ Rated Researchers 9 July 2018

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A - Leading international researcher 
Researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

B - Internationally acclaimed researcher 
Researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality of their recent research outputs.

C - Established researcher 
Established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field who are recognised by their peers as having produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement with the field as having demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and apply research methods to investigating them.

P - NRF Prestigious Awardee

Young researchers (younger than 35years of age), who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the time of application and who, on the basis of exceptional potential demonstrated in their published doctoral work and/or their research outputs in their early post-doctoral careers are considered likely to become future international leaders in their field.

Y - Promising young researcher

Young researchers (below 40 years of age), who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves as researchers within a five-year period after evaluation, based on their performance and productivity as researchers during their doctoral studies and/or early post-doctoral careers.​​

Surname Initials Title Rating category Research Specialisations
Established researcher
Electrochemistry, Electrochemistry, Analytical , Photoelectrochemistry,
Nanomaterial science, Nanosciences
Avenant-OldewageAProfEstablished researcherFish parasitology, Crustacea, Monogenean parasites, Parasite ecology
BeukesNJProfLeading international researcherEconomic geology, Sedimentology,  Sedimentary geochemistry,  Sequence stratigraphy
Dr​Established researcher
​Functional analysis, Banach algebras, Spectral theory, Operator algebras, Operator theory, Functional Analysis
CairncrossBProfEstablished researcherCoal sedimentology, Sedimentology,  Mineralogy, Science education
Promising young researcher 
​Electronic structure, Electron spectroscopy, Surface science, Strongly correlated electron systems, Synchrotron X-rays, Transition metal oxides, Rare earth compounds, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, Magnetism and superconductivity
CoetzeeMProfEstablished researcher
Computer security, Computers - Trust models, Service oriented architectures -
SHProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
High energy physics, Applied nuclear physics, Radiation detection, Digital signal processing, Nuclear physics, Nuclear energy, Quantum physics, Materials science
ConradieWEDrEstablished researcherMathematical logic, Modal logic, Non-classical logics
DankelmannPAProfInternationally acclaimed researcherGraph theory, Combinatorics
JProfInternationally acclaimed researcherCatalysis (Homogeneous), Coordination chemistry, Inorganic chemistry - Synthesis
​De Kock
​Promising young researcher
​Palaeomagnetism, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Global change research
DoyleBPDrEstablished researcher
Electronic structure, Surface science, Surface spectroscopy, Electron
spectroscopy, Strongly correlated electron systems, Synchrotron X-rays
DuberyIAProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
Host-plant resistance, Plant metabolomics, Plant biochemistry, Plant
biotechnology, Plant molecular biology
DuttonMFProfEstablished researcherMycotoxicology, Food mycology, Agricultural productivity
EhlersEMProfEstablished researcher
Artificial intelligence, Intelligent systems, Software engineering, Automata, Formal
languages, Image processing
Established researcher
​Igneous petrology, Granite petrology, Isotope geochemistry, Trace elementanalysis, Mineralogy
Established researche
Multi-frequency astronomy, Asteroseismology, Astrophysics
Established researcher
​Metamorphic petrology, Geochemistry, Antarctic geology, Geology, Structural, Granite petrology, Gondwana, Crustal tectonics, Geochronology, Geological mapping, Mozambique Geology
Internationally acclaimed researcher
​Nanotechnology, Ion selective electrodes, Waste water treatment, Nanotechnology and water treatment, Environmental engineering, Chemical sensors, Waste management, Electroanalytical chemistry
HearneGRProfInternationally acclaimed researcherHigh pressure research, Experimental condensed matter physics, Materials science
HenningMAProfLeading international researcherGraph theory
HofmannAProfInternationally acclaimed researcherArchaean studies (Geology)

Promising young researcher 
​Human geography, Tourism research, Tourism, Tourism Geography, Urban Geography
Janse van Vuuren
ProfEstablished researcherMolecular ecology, Conservation genetics, Population genetics
Promising young researcher 
Graph theory
KarataglidisSProfInternationally acclaimed researcherTheoretical nuclear physics
Established researcher
​Chemistry (Organic synthesis)
KotzeNJProfEstablished researcherUrban Geography
KramersJDProfLeading international researcherGeochronology, Isotope geochemistry

​Internationally acclaimed researcher
​Computational chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, Physical organic chemistry, Coordination compounds, Chemistry - Main group elements, Inorganic chemistry - Synthesis, Inorganic chemistry - Modelling, Ab initio computational chemistry
methods, Molecular Modeling, Organic chemistry - Synthesis
Established researcher
​Tectonics, Structural geology, Deformation , Metamorphic petrology,
Tectonomagmatism, Orogenic belts, Geographic information systems 
MainaJNProfLeading international researcherRespiration
Established researcher
​Nanomaterials, Nanobiotechnology, Conductive polymer nanocomposites, Organic chemistry - Synthesis, Catalysis, Polymer composites, Alternative energy
Promising young researcher 
Nuclear Structure Physics
MeijboomRProfEstablished researcherCatalysis, Chemical kinetics, Coordination chemistry, Dendrimer Chemistry
MishraSDrEstablished researcherNanotechnology
​Established researcher
Ethnobotany - Medicinal plants, Plant taxonomy, Biosystematics
​Established researcher
​Metamorphic petrology, Geochronology, Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Medical
Mulaba-BafubiandiAFProfEstablished researcher
Hydrometallurgy, Mossbauer spectroscopy, Microwave heating, Monitoring and
Evaluation, Clay minerals, Applied , Sustainable rural development, Community
development, Waste processing, Mineral processing and technology
Established researcherCoordination chemistry, Chemical crystallography
NgilaJCProfEstablished researcher
Electroanalytical chemistry, Environmental analysis, Nanotechnology and water treatment, Electrochemical biosensors, Environmental water quality, Speciation chemistry, Chemical modelling
Established researcher
​Mycotoxicology, Animal nutrition, Agricultural production, Agricultural products
quality assessment and Safety , Food Microbiiology
Established researcher
​Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology, Materials synthesis,
Biosensor synthesis, Nanoelectronic devices, Nanomaterials, Polymer
nanocomposites, Nanostructured materials, Inorganic chemistry - Synthesis
Established researcher
​Plant anatomy, Plant morphology, Plant phylogeny, Plant systematics and
biogeography, Plant ecology
Established researcher
​Fungal-plant interactions, Molecular plant microbe interactions - Omics-based
approaches, Plant-pathogen interactions, Plant proteomics, Plant genomics, Plant
PrinslooAREProfEstablished researcher
Magnetism, Material sciences, Thin films, Magnetic nanoparticles, Microparticles
​Established researcher
Astroparticle physics, High energy astrophysics
RogersonCMProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
Urbanisation and tourism, Local economic development, Small business development, Tourism - Development, Tourism - Impact, Urban tourism development, Tourism
SithaSDrEstablished researcherComputational chemistry, Theoretical chemistry, Molecular modelling 
StrydomAMProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
Electronic properties/solids, Electrical/magnetic measurements, Magnetic materials, Low temperature physics, Phase transitions, Condensed matter physics, Quantum solids
Internationally acclaimed researcher
​Upper mantle mineralogy, Diamond research, Diamond mining, Igneous
geochemistry, Igneous petrology, Large igneous province (LIP), Mantle studies
Established researcher
​Phylogeography, Population genetics, Phylogenetics, Ascidian taxonomy, DNA
sequencing, Microsatellites, Next generation Sequencing
Van der Bank
FHProfEstablished researcher
DNA Barcoding
Van der BankMProfEstablished researcher
Phylogenetics, DNA sequencing, Plant systematics, DNA Barcoding, Population genetics, Climate change - Impact
Van DykJCDrPromising young researcherFish histology, Fish histopathology, Fish pathology 
Van ReenenDDProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
Metamorphic petrology, Crustal tectonics, thermal fluids, Field research
management, Structural geology
Van WykBEProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
Plant taxonomy, Ethnobotany, Ethnobotany - Medicinal plants, Traditional herbal
ViljoenKSProfInternationally acclaimed researcherEconomic geology
Von SolmsSHProfInternationally acclaimed researcher
Information security, critical information infrastructure protection, cyber crime and other related cyber aspects
Wagenaar (Pieterse)
Established researcher
Ecosystem approach to fisheries, Biomarkers of pollution, Biomonitoring, Fishhistology, Fish reproduction, Aquatic ecotoxicology
Established researcher
​Coal, Clean coal technology, Coal characterisation, Coal - Research, Coal petrography, Coal properties, Coal utilisation, Coal and emission, Carbon capture and storage
Yangkou Mbianda 
Prof​Established researcher
Organophosphorus chemistry
Promising young researcher 
Biodiversity ecology, Invasion ecology, Phylogenetics, Environmental sciences,