UJRI Magazine May 2024

In the May 2024 issue of the magazine: 

  • Sensitive crypto risk detection
  • Recycling e-waste for metals
  • Cannabidiol for cancer cell destruction
  • A vulnerable tree species yields a potential diabetes treatment
  • How allopathic and traditional medicines collide

Sensitive crypto risk detection

A promising technique to better assess portfolio vulnerability to extreme price swings, also known as tail risk.

UJRI Magazine ewaste

Extreme bacteria vs mixed metals in the e-waste era

“Team extreme bacteria” recovers metals from powdered computer electronics, using much less energy and water than conventional methods.

UJRI magazine cannabidiol article

Dismantling cancer cells with a cannabis derivative and laser light

Laser light with hypericin and simultaneous CBD delivers promising results on hormone-responsive cancer cells in the laboratory.

The University of Johannesburg is a research-intensive University whose mission is “Inspiring its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge”. This mission is pursued through research conducted across the University’s nine faculties, including the College of Business and Economics, as well as a Business School.

UJ also hosts more than 65 research centres and institutes, including a DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence; more than 25 Research and Innovation Chairs, including SARChI Chairs, industry chairs, and UNESCO Chairs. The is home to over 300 NRF-rated researchers.

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CIMERA Centre of Excellence

CIMERA focuses on mineral and energy resource analysis in Africa.


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Research and Innovation / Ideation Chairs

The University hosts 26 chairs for research and innovation, or ideation. Nineteen (19) of these are SARChI chairs funded by the DSI-NRF.

Research Chairs

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Research Centres and Institutes

UJ hosts research centres and institutes, as well as inter-faculty research centres.

Centres and Institutes

NRF-Rated Researchers

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa rates researchers for the excellence of their research outputs.

NRF-Rated Researchers

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Technology Stations

UJ hosts two Technology Stations: the Metal Casting Technology Station and the Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station.

Technology Stations

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Flagship Institutes

The UJ Flagship Institutes aim to generate world-class research rooted in African realities.

Flagship Institutes

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Globally Leading Researchers

UJ hosts researchers with A-ratings from the National Research Foundation, for the high quality and impact of their recent research output, and who lead globally in their disciplines.

A-Rated Researchers

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Distinguished Visiting Professors

UJ hosts Distinguished Visiting Professors, as well as Professors of Practice, Visiting Professors and Senior Research Associates.

Distinguished Academics

Research outputs from UJ scholars and students can be found at UJ Press; an Esploro repository with theses and dissertations; at SCOPUS-indexed journals; books at global publishers and more.

UJ Press is committed to the goals of open research and open access (OA) publishing. The Press publishes titles in all disciplines related to Pan-African Decolonisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The Press also publishes co-publications with international publishers, translated titles, and digital scholarship.

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UJ Press

UJ Press publishes titles in all disciplines related to Pan-African Decolonisation and 4IR.

UJ Press

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Theses and Dissertations

The research from students and staff in their theses and dissertations, in an Esploro portal.

Theses and Dissertations

UJ provides support to research staff, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.

The UJ Research Development and Support Division (UJRDS) strives to strengthen UJ’s position as a research-intensive university with regional and global reach.

Academic staff and visiting scholars can contact UJRDS about NRF ratings, various funding opportunities and DHET accredited journals.

Trademarks, Patents, Licensing and other Intellectual Property matters are serviced by the UJ Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

Flagship institutes and Global Excellence and Stature (GES) projects are executed by Strategic Initiatives and Administration.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellows Programme and the Postgraduate School support graduated researchers.

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Research Development and Support (UJRDS)

The Research and Innovation Division strives to strengthen UJ’s position as a research-intensive university with regional and global reach.

Research Development and Support

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Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

The TTO registers trademarks, applies for patents and facilitates Intellectual Property processes.

Technology Transfer Office

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Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives and Administration establishes flagship institutes and GES 4.0 projects.

Strategic Initiatives

Postdoctoral Research Fellows Programme (PRFP)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals within five years of receiving a doctoral degree.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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Postgraduate School

The Postgraduate School supports postgraduates holistically through a single, highly accessible point of contact.

Postgraduate School