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Associate Professor
Name: Abayneh Ambushe
Location: C2 Lab 321+27 (0) 11 559 2329 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Prof Abayneh Ambushe

Prof Abayneh Ataro Ambushe leads his research group that focuses on speciation and monitoring of potentially toxic elements in environmental, biological and food matrices. He investigates the transport and fate of the toxic elements and risks these toxic elements pose to the communities residing in mining areas. He aspires to produce highly trained graduates that can meet the needs of a promptly changing work environment. To prepare students for the real world that they will encounter, he promotes critical thinking and guides them to develop problem-solving skills. Prof Abayneh Ataro Ambushe teaches Analytical Chemistry courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He leads analytical chemistry research group at Department of Chemical Sciences, Auckland Park Campus, University of Johannesburg. He attracted research funds from Water Research Commission and National Research Foundation, lead research projects, supervised successfully and currently supervising several PhD, MSc and BSc Honours degree research projects, and authored/co-authored a number of articles in peer reviewed international journals. Prof Abayneh Ataro Ambushe is winner of 2019 Water Research Commission Knowledge Tree Award for the impact of his research on the Human Capital Development in the Water and Science Sector.

Highest qualification: PhD

Field(s) of research:

Trace and ultra-trace analysis of potentially toxic elements, speciation analysis, fingerprinting the sources of pollution using stable isotope ratio measurements, food authentication, food safety and related health risk assessment, monitoring organics such as pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other emerging pollutants in environmental matrices (water, soil, sediment, vegetables, etc.), wastewater treatment and adsorption studies, phytoremediation and phytomining studies and their applications.

Lecturing modules with short description:

Instrumental Chemical Analysis and Atomic Spectroscopy

Selected publications:

  1. L.S. Sethoga, T. Magadzu & A.A. Ambushe, Pre-concentration of pesticides in water using isophorone diamine multiwalled carbon nanotubes-based solid-phase extraction technique and analysis by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 2023.
  2. Babatunde J. Akinbile, Banothile C.E. Makhubela and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Phytomining of valuable metals: status and prospective-a review, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 2023, VOL. 103, NO. 16, 3913–3933.
  3. Dipuo P. Kgabi and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Characterization of South African Bentonite and Kaolin Clays, Sustainability, 2023, 15(17), 12679.
  4. Bennett Siphiwe Dintsi, Mokgehle Refiloe Letsoalo and Abayneh Ataro Ambushe, Bioaccumulation and Human Health Risk Assessment of Arsenic and Chromium Species in Water–Soil–Vegetables System in Lephalale, Limpopo Province, South Africa, Minerals 2023, 13, 930.
  5. Ntsieni Romani Molaudzi and Abayneh Ataro Ambushe, Sugarcane Bagasse and Orange Peels as Low-Cost Biosorbents for the Removal of Lead Ions from Contaminated Water Samples, Water, 2022, 14, 3395.
  6. Conny P. Mokgohloa, Mary S. Thomas, Ntebogeng S. Mokgalaka and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Speciation of inorganic chromium in river water by graphite furnace-atomic absorption spectrometry after chromabond NH2 column based solid phase extraction, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 2022, 102 (16), 4042–4057.
  7. Magadima Mary Thosago, Angelique Botha, Abayneh Ataro Ambushe, Taddese Wondimu Godeto, Quantification of Arsenic Species in Wheat Flour Samples by Ion Chromatography Coupled to High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (IC-HR-ICP-MS), Analytical Letters, 2022, 55 (18), 2860–2875.
  8. Sifelani Dube, Leah C. Matsinha, Banothile C. E. Makhubela and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Investigating cyanogen rich Manihot esculenta efficacy for Ru phytomining and application in catalytic reactions, RSC Advances, 2022, 12 (2), 1165-1176.
  9. Mokgehle R. Letsoalo, Abayneh A. Ambushe and Messai A. Mamo, Novel Chemoresistive Sensor for Sensitive Detection of Pb2+ Ions Using an Interdigital Gold Electrode Fabricated with a Reduced Graphene Oxide-Based Ion-Imprinted Polymer, ACS Omega, 2021, 6, 31528−31538.
  10. Mokgehle R. Letsoalo, Messai A. Mamo and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Synchronous Extraction and Quantitative Speciation of Arsenic and Chromium in Sediments by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography – Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-ICP-MS), Analytical Letters, 2021, 54(12), 1943-1967.
  11. Nombuzo Mabuza, Henok H. Kinfe, Taddese W. Godeto and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Estimated Contributions of Rooibos Tea to the Daily Manganese and Zinc Intakes Determined in Tea Leaves and Tea Infusions by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry, Biological Trace Element Research, 2021, 199(3), 1145-1152.
  12. Tumelo M. Mogashane, Munyaradzi Mujuru, Robert I. McCrindle and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Quantification, source apportionment and risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediments from Mokolo and Blood Rivers in Limpopo Province, South Africa, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 2020, 55(1), 71-81.
  13. Mokgehle R. Letsoalo, Taddese W. Godeto, Takalani Magadzu and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Selective speciation of inorganic arsenic in water using nanocomposite based solid-phase extraction followed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry detection, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 2019, 54 (9), 924-932.
  14. Mokgehle R. Letsoalo, Taddese W. Godeto, Takalani Magadzu and Abayneh A. Ambushe, Quantitative speciation of arsenic in water and sediment samples from Mokolo River in Limpopo Province, South Africa, Analytical Letters, 2018, 51(17), 2761–2775.
  15. Abayneh Ataro Ambushe, Anton du Plessis and Robert Ian McCrindle, Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry for determination of Cr in soils from Brits district, South Africa, Bulletin of chemical Society of Ethiopia, 2015, 29(3), 357-366.
  16. Kebede N. Mekonnen, Bhagwan S. Chandravanshi, Mesfin Redi-Abshiro, Abayneh A. Ambushe, Robert I. McCrindle & Stanley Moyo, Distribution of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Sediments of Akaki River, Lake Awassa and Lake Ziway, Ethiopia, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2015, 187:474.
  17. Abayneh A. Ambushe, Mokgadi M. Hlongwane, Robert I. McCrindle and Cheryl M.E. McCrindle, Assessment of levels of V, Cr, Mn, Sr, Cd, Pb and U in bovine meat, South African Journal of Chemistry, 2012, 65, 159-164.
  18. Abayneh A. Ambushe, Robert I. McCrindle and Cheryl M.E. McCrindle, Speciation of chromium in cow’s milk by solid-phase extraction/dynamic reaction cell inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (DRC-ICP-MS), Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 2009, 24, 502-507.
  19. A. Ataro, R.I. McCrindle, B.M. Botha, C.M.E. McCrindle and P.P. Ndibewu, Quantification of trace elements in raw cow’s milk by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Food Chemistry, 2008, 111, 243-248.
  20. Abayneh Ataro, Taddese Wondimu and B.S. Chandravanshi, Trace metals in selected fish species from Lakes Awassa and Ziway, Ethiopia, SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science, 2003, 26(2), 103-114.