EMS Webinar – Wednesday, October 4th 2023, at 4:00 PM (CET) – Prof Soraya Malinga – Dendritic polymer integrated nanostructured membranes for water remediation

Title: Dendritic polymer integrated nanostructured membranes for water remediation

Water pollution is one of the top major problems around the world, especially in developing countries of which South Africa and most African countries make up the number in these statistics. Currently, the demand for safe drinking water has increased dramatically worldwide due to population growth, development of urban life and industrialization. Pollution of water sources limits the availability of water that can be used for human consumption. Thus, the presence of organic, inorganic, and bacterial pollutants dramatically affects the quality of human life. Thus, this work will be an overview of the development and application of nanostructured membranes targeted for the removal of prevalent and emerging pollutants in water. The role of nanostructured membranes as a promising technology for water treatment due to their antibacterial, photocatalytic and biocatalytic properties will be highlighted.

Prof Soraya Malinga is an Associate Professor and co-Director for the Joint Research Centre for Water, Environmental Science and Technology (JRC-WEST) at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Chemical Sciences. The focus of Prof Malinga’s research is on membrane science and water research. She has served as a reference group member and panel for several scientific bodies such as the Water Research Commission and the National Research Foundation. She is a board member for the African Membrane Society, which is an organisation that encourages dialogue and collaboration among all African Universities in issues pertaining to the use of membrane technology in solving problems in the water and energy sectors. In 2018, she was honoured for her research as a runner up under the ‘Distinguished Young Women Researchers-Natural (Physical and Life) and Engineering Sciences’ category by the South African Women in Science Awards in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology. Prof Malinga was recently named as a National Science and Technology Forum-South32 awards finalist in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category.

Date and time: Wednesday, October 4th 2023, at 4:00 PM (CET)

Webinar Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/EuropeanMembraneSocietyEMS