Tebello Nyokong started her phthalocyanine chemistry experience as a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Professor Martin Stillman (University of Western Ontario, Canada). She became Full Professor of chemistry at Rhodes University in South Africa in 2001. In 2007, she was awarded the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/NRF Research chair in chemistry and also appointed as the Director of DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre for sensors (DST/Mintek NIC -Sensors). Nyokong?s research has spanned various areas of phthalocyanine applications such as synthesis and the use of phthalocyanines and their conjugates as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT), in pollution control as photocatalysts, in enzyme-like catalysis to convert hydrocarbons into fine chemicals, in optical limiting and in dye sensitized solar cells. She has also been involved in the development of phthalocyanine nanoparticle conjugates for drug delivery. The major part of her research has also been on the development of phthalocyanines as electrochemical sensors alone or when combined with nanomaterials. Lately she has been encapsulating phthalocyanines into electrospun fibers for applications in water treatment and bacterial inactivation. She has received many awards, notably the L?Oreal-UNESCO award in 2009.
Biography Updated on 21 November 2012