- A South African doctoral graduate, Dr Upenyu Muza, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship
- The European Commission bestowed the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action individual fellowship on the PhD-holder
- Dr Muza will be conducting research at the Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany
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Meet the inspiring Dr Upenyu Muza, a PhD graduate in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at the Stellenbosh University (SU).
Dr Muza, who hails from Zimbabwe, bagged his doctorate degree in December 2019 under the supervision of Professor Harald Pasch.
The PhD graduate gushed about working with the distinguished SU professor, adding:
"Prof Pasch works on world-class projects and he was a phenomenal person to work with."
Dr Muza has now been awarded a prestigious fellowship at the Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research in Germany.
The European Commission gave Dr Muza the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action individual fellowship, which would allow him to conduct research at the state of the art facility.
Briefly.co.za learned the fellowship is only awarded to young and upcoming researches from all over the world.
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SU reported that Dr Muza focused his PhD on an advanced multidimensional analytical technique that can be used to harvest a wealth of information on the microstructure of complex polymers.
The PhD graduate has bagged other awards for his work in the field. Dr Muza was amongst five postgraduates in Mzansi who received the SASOL postgraduate medal of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI).
Dr Muza plans on focusing on the design, hybridisation and characterisation of biomedicinal molecules for potential application in targeted drug delivery in cancer therapy, the university added on its website.
His love for chemistry started at a young age, Dr Muza revealed.
“I regard chemistry as the central science – it is the convergence point for other scientific disciplines like biology and physics. Chemistry can be hard, but it can be likeable as well!"
Dr Muza will travel to Germany as soon as travel restrictions due to the pandemic are lifted. For now, he is teaching himself to speak, read and write in German.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported a beautiful woman, who was only identified as @_Newturn1_celebrated a great milestone in her life.
She recently graduated with a degree in engineering and posted snaps and a video online. @_Newturn1_ thanked God for helping her succeed and she inspired many.
The African graduate obtained the degree at a university in China.
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