Prof Kapil Moothi obtained a BSc in Chemical Engineering (2007), MSc in Chemical Engineering (2010) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (2014) from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). A Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDipHE), passed with distinction in 2017, was obtained from University of Johannesburg (UJ). The PGDipHE was done so as to improve his skills and knowledge in teaching, learning and assessment practices. From January 2013 – December 2015, he was a chemical engineer at Sasol (Sasolburg) involved in provision of technical plant support, monitoring and optimization of plant(s), small project(s) execution etc. Since January 2016, he has been employed in the Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Mining, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering (SOMMCE), Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at UJ. Presently, as an Associate Professor and leader of the “Nanotechnology and Environmental Engineering” research group within the Department, his research is investigating the role of nanotechnology in environmental engineering for the treatment of air, water and wastewater. Prof Moothi is committed to his research supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and SDG 12: “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”. He has attained various academic achievements and awards i.e. “Academic Excellence Scholarship” (2004), “Post Graduate Merit Award” (2008-2012), Golden Key International Honour Society Membership (2010) for being in the top 15% of academic achievers, and “DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship” (2011). In 2015, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research awarded him a “Green Talent – High Potential in Sustainable Development”. He was selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts, who applauded track record of successful research and combination of practical knowledge and innovative thinking in current project(s). In 2019, he was recognized in the “Education” category by the Mail & Guardian in their Top 200 Young South Africans list. He is actively involved in the mentoring and supervision of Honours and Masters students, PhD candidates as well as postdoctoral research fellows (PDRFs).
He regularly servers as an external examiner for Masters dissertations and PhD theses as well as a peer reviewer for ISI journals, for example, Nature Communications and Environmental Science and Pollution Research. In 2021, he was a grant recipient of the UJ Teaching Innovation Fund (TIF) as well as the Sasol-NRF University Collaborative Research Grant (2022 – 2025). Prof Moothi has authored/ co-authored peer-reviewed DHET-accredited publications, in leading international journals such as Langmuir, RSC Advances, Nature Scientific Reports, Carbon and Science of the Total Environment and has presented his research (oral and poster) at numerous local and international conferences since 2008.