Four PhD graduates make supervisor proud

Four polymer science graduates – all sharing the same supervisor – were among the doctorate students in the Faculty of Science who received their degrees on Wednesday, 28 March.

Dr Njabu Gule, Dr Rueben Pfukwa, Dr Nathalie Bailly and Dr Osama Bshena with their supervisor, Prof Bert Klumperman, holder of a South African Research Chair (SARChI) on Advanced Macromolecular Architectures in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science.

Dr Njabu Gule, Dr Rueben Pfukwa, Dr Nathalie Bailly and Dr Osama Bshena were all supervised by Prof Bert Klumperman, holder of a South African Research Chair (SARChI) on Advanced Macromolecular Architectures in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science.

Dr Bailly worked in the field of anti-tumour drug delivery. She developed a delivery vehicle consisting of an amphiphilic block copolymer. In vitro tests show very promising results in the uptake of the drug-loaded copolymer assemblies by tumour cells.

Dr Gule helped to develop the nanofibres used to develop the Stellenbosch University Water Institute teabag water filter.Antimicrobial polymer nanofibre technology developed by Dr Bshena and Prof Klumperman can be used in the air filters of hospitals to curb the spread of bacteria.

Dr Pfukwa worked on the hierarchical self-assembly of novel para-aryltriazole helical foldamers.