Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Philiswa Nomngongo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry in the Faculty of Science. A testament to UJ 'growing its own timber', she first joined the university as a postgraduate student and obtained her PhD degree in Chemistry in 2014 from the university. Following a short stint as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Applied Chemistry she was appointed as a research and a lecturer in the department.
She is leads the analytical environmental chemistry group in the department and her research focuses on organic and inorganic pollutants in environmental, biological and other matrices. It also extends to the application of nanotechnology in environmental pollution monitoring, desalination and water treatment amongst other areas. Prof Nomngongo's sustained record of publications in high impact factor journals over the past 10 years as a postgraduate student, postdoctoral fellow and academic, is exceptional. Her research publications to date includes 40 articles in accredited international journals, two book chapters, two conference proceedings book chapters, and 27 conference papers. Her Scopus profile for the recent five years reveals a field weighted citation impact of 1.41; h-index of 9, and 5.8 citations per publication.
She is a mentor and supervisor of seven PhD and eight Masters' students and co-supervisor of an additional six postgraduate students. Professor Nomngongo has served as a guest editor for the special issue of the International Journal of Analytical Chemistry, and is a reviewer for several international and local journals and conference proceedings. She is actively involved in various community engagement projects encouraging youth to overcome obstacles and hurdles as they strive to reach their goals.
Professor Nomngongo's achievements to date have been nationally recognised through prestigious awards and accolades. Among these are the L'Oreal-UNESCO Sub-Saharan Women in Science Regional fellowship in 2014 and most recently, the 2017 South African Women in Science award in the Distinguished Young Woman Research in the Natural and Engineering Sciences category.