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The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a National State of Disaster on the 15th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He mandated that events with an attendance of more than a hundred (100) people are temporarily prohibited. As such, MINTEK and the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi), have no choice but to postpone the NanoAfrica2020 Conference; which was scheduled to take place on the 19th – 22nd April 2020, at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Future dates for the Conference will be communicated as soon as new information becomes available.

We would like to thank all parties that have shown support toward the hosting of a successful NanoAfrica2020 Conference thus far. We hope that those who have contributed will still do so when the Conference resumes at a later date. We do encourage everyone to stay strong, practice stringent hygiene and keep safe.

Welcome to the 8th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Africa!

19 - 22 April 2020

Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa



The conference provides an opportunity for scientists and engineers to showcase their research on an international platform. It also provides a venue for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to discuss collaborative research and business developments. A panel of international experts will discuss and address possible avenues to bridge the gap between research and development. Conference attendees will receive a copy of the proceedings that contains all accepted papers.

This symposium will include, emerging research related to nanotechnology and other interesting topics. This symposium will also address venture investments, which takes results, from laboratory to product.


The scientific program will feature plenary presentations, invited talks, panel discussions and oral and poster presentations, an insightful exhibition and numerous other contributions. The scientific programme will be published on the website.


Prof. Malik Maaza

Prof. M. Maaza is a joint staff of iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation of South Africa & the University of South Africa. He is the incumbent of the UNESCO UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology (U2ACN2).He is fellow of various Scholarly Academies such as the African Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Chemistry London, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Islamic Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of India and the European Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Kattesh V. Katti

Globally recognized as the ‘Father of Green Nanotechnology’, Professor Kattesh V. Katti, MSc Ed, PhD, DSc, FRSC, FNAI, Distinguished Curators’ Professor of Radiology, Director, Institute of Green Nanotechnology, within the Medical School, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA—is internationally renowned as a leader in the interconnecting fields of—chemistry, radiopharmaceutical sciences, nanotechnology/green nanotechnology and nanomedicine—for biomedical applications, specifically for molecular imaging and therapy of living subjects. Prof. Katti is considered to be a pioneer in the field of Nano-Ayurvedic Medicine—a new medical modality which he has discovered by the application of Green Nanotechnology to Ayurvedic-Holistic Medicine. Prof. Katti is credited with discovering and commercializing over a dozen cancer therapy and antibiotics products through Green Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine approaches.

Prof. Katti has been awarded a number of international awards and citations.  He has been recognized as One of the ‘25 Most Influential Scientists In Molecular Imaging in the World’ by RT Image. Prof. Katti has received the ‘Father of Green Nanotechnology’ citation by the Nobel Prize Winner Norman Borlaug, and has been bestowed with the Gauss Professorship—Hall of Fame—from the Gottingen Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Tebello Nyokong 

Prof Tebello Nyokong holds a Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (NRF) Research chair at Rhodes University. She is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the same university. She is an NRF A-rated researcher and has successfully supervised 128 MSc/PhD/post-doctoral students. She has published over 750 manuscripts (including book and book chapters and patent). Her H index is 71 (Google Scholar) and 63 (ISI). Her research is on the use of porphyrin-type complexes in the presence of nanoparticles for application in health, environment, energy, and safety.

She has received many awards for her research, including; 1. Honorary doctorate by Western University in Canada – 2019; 2. Three honorary doctorates in South Africa (Walter Sisulu University, Universities of Kwazulu Natal and South Africa); 2010 and 2018; 3. She was awarded the African Union Kwame Nkrumah continental Scientific Award, 2016; 4. She was appointed by the former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be part of UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries -2015; 5. She received a UNESCO Medal for Contribution to Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies – 2015; 6. She was Invited by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to be a member of the UNESCO High-level panel on Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable Development-2011; 7. She was named by IT News Africa as one of the top 10 most influential women in science and technology in Africa – 2012; 8. She was included in the National Center for Research on Human Evolution, Spain to be one of their "12 NAMES TO CHANGE THE WORLD”- 2012; 9. Awarded a medal by The World Academy of the Science for outstanding contributions to science and technology; 10. She received L’Oreal-UNESCO award for “Women in Science” as a Laureate representing Africa and the Arab States – 2019; 11. In 2009, a special motion was passed in the South African National Assembly acknowledging her role in the transforming science in South Africa; 12. In 2005 she was bestowed with the Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze by the former State President Mbeki; 13. She is the recipient of South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Gold Medal, and Lifetime achievement award from the NRF.

Prof. S.B. Jonnalagadda

Prof. Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda received his PhD in Chemistry from Vikram University, India. After working as a Research Associate in Germany, and as faculty at University of Nairobi and University of Zimbabwe, Prof. Jonnalagadda joined the University of Durban-Westville in 1995, as professor of Physical Chemistry. Since 2005, he is working as Senior Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Professor Jonnalagadda is an elected Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2012); South African Chemical Institute (2014); African Academy of Sciences (2015) and A.P. Academy of Sciences, India (2017).

Prof. Jonnalagadda’ s research interests include Materials, Catalysis, Green chemistry and Water treatment. He was always among the top 30 researchers of UKZN and was top researcher in 2017. He published over 350 research papers and review articles in high-impact journals. Participated in 130+ research conferences as plenary or invited speaker in over 42 different countries. With over 5000 citations, his H index is 32.

Prof. Fernando Albericio 

Fernando Albericio is Research Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona. He was the Inaugural Rector of Yachay Tech (Ecuador), which is known to be the first Latin American university based on Innovation, and Founder and General Director of the Barcelona Science Park. Currently, he is catalyzing the creation of BioDurban.

His major research interests cover practically all aspects of peptide synthesis (new reactions, building blocks, coupling reagents, solid phase supports, protecting groups, and linkers) and combinatorial chemistry methodologies, as well as synthesis of peptides and small molecules with therapeutic activities (cancer and infectious diseases). Furthermore, his group is also involved in nanotechnology, mainly in developing new systems for drug delivery and strategies for diagnostics as well.


Prof. Ndeke Musee (UP)
Prof. Catherine Ngila (KPC, Kenya)
Dr. Bonex Mwakukinga (CSIR)
Prof. Hendrik Swart (UFS)
Prof. Mary Gulumian (NIOH)

Prof Ashok Raichur (IISc, India)
Prof. Martin Ntwaeaborwa (Wits)
Prof. Neil Coville (Wits)
Prof. Richard Moutloali (UJ)
Prof. Phuti Ngoepe (UL)

Prof. Sabelo Mhlanga (SabiNano)
Prof. Kaushik Mallick (UJ)
Prof. Venkataraman Vishwanathan (BU, Botswana)  
Prof. Vincent Nyamori (UKZN)


• Synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials
• Nanomaterials for water applications: detection, treatment,   preservation
• Commercialisation and Industrialisation of nanotechnology
• Nanotechnology education
• Nano-biotechnology and -biomedicine 

• Fabrication of nanosystems for sensing, diagnostics, imaging,   magnetic and electronic applications
• Modelling of nanosystems
• Nanotechnology and the 4th Industrial Revolution
• Toxicity, risk assessment and regulations of nanomaterials
• Nanomaterials for energy applications 

14 FEBRUARY 2020!

Both oral and poster presentations will be considered.  The plenary lectures, invited talks and contributed papers will be published in the conference proceedings, with planned publications in peer reviewed journals.

Presentations will be allocated to the below mentioned topics for easy accesability.

Please download the abstract template below and send to  


The Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre is conveniently situated 10 min drive to the O.R. Tambo International Airport and offers a variety of fantastic accommodation for all budgets.


Student registration**
Accompanying person

Early Bird Registration - CLOSED
Until 15 Des 2019

R 8000 ($ 500)
R 5000 ($ 350)
R 5000 ($ 350)

Late Registration
From 16 Des 2019

R 9000 ($ 600)
R 6000 ($ 400)
R 6000 ($ 400)

All registration costs are Incl. VAT.  *The Registration fee covers the welcome reception, an abstract book, refreshments, lunches and the banquet.  **To qualify for the Student Registration fee, proof of student ID is required.


The Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre is conveniently situated 10 min drive to the O.R. Tambo International Airport and offers a variety of fantastic accommodation for all budgets.

A free shuttle service will be available between the OR Tambo International Airport and Birchwood Hotel.

Room Category
(Costing is per night)

ValuStay Sharing B&B
Birchwood B&B
Silverbirch B&B

Cost until
29 February 2020

R 1620 ($ 100)
R 1600 ($ 100)
R 1700 ($ 110)

Cost from
01 March 2020

R 1620 ($ 100)
R 1770 ($ 110)
R 2220 ($ 140)

For further information on the different room types and suit prices, please visit the hotel website:

Please contact the hotel directly for booking arrangements.  Please note that costing is subject to change without prior notice.


The optional excursions will be held on 23 April 2020 and are arranged by Evergrowing Shuttle (  The various excursion options are listed below.  Please feel free to contact Evergrowing Shuttle directly to make your booking.  Please note that costing is an estimate and may change without prior notice.


Enjoy a tour of iconic Soweto, with a visit to the Apartheid museum    R950

Enjoy a tour of iconic Soweto, the apartheid museum including a traditional lunch    R1350

Tours include Diepkloof/Barangwath Hospital/Soweto Tower/Kliptown/Reginah Mundi Church/Mandela House/Hector Memorial


Experience the iconic Soweto and tour of the City of Johannesburg    R950

Tour includes Constitution Hill/Mandela Bridge/Top of Africa/Mabonong/Hillbrow/Diepkloof/ Barangwath Hospital/Soweto Tower/Kliptown/Reginah Mnudi Church/ Mandela House/Hector Memorial


Marvel at the wonder of lions roaming next to your tour vehicle and experience the magic of a traditional villiage.

Experience both the Lion and Safari Park and Lesedi Village    R1850

Lion and Safari Park Only    R1200

Lesedi Village Only    R1350


Tour the cradle of human kind, where life itself began, see Mrs. Ples and all the beauty the Sterkfontein caves has to offer    R1300


A technical exhibition will be held during the conference.  There are also a variety of sponsorship packages available. 



R60 000
  • *Logo on abstract book
  • *Logo on conference webpage
  • *One full page colour advertisement in conference program
  • *Two delegate registration
  • *1 (3x3 m) exhibition stall
  • *Company banner displayed in venue (registration area)
  • *Company literature in conference bags


R40 000
  • *Logo on abstract book
  • *Logo on conference webpage
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  • *Two delegate registration
  • *1 (3x3 m) exhibition stall
  • *Company banner displayed in venue (registration area)
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R25 000
  • *Logo on abstract book
  • *Logo on conference webpage
  • *One full page B/W advertisement in conference program
  • *Two delegate registration
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R20 000
  • *Logo on abstract book
  • *Logo on conference webpage
  • *One full page B/W advertisement in conference program
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R20 000
per month
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  • *One delegate registration
  • *1 (3x3 m) exhibition stall
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Exclusive display of banners in the lunch venue

R 15 000
per day


Exclusive display of banners at the conference dinner

R 30 000


Exclusive display of banners at the cocktail function

R 20 000


Exclusive display of banners in the tea area

R 20 000
per day


Banner display in conference venue (not exclusive)

R 10 000
per day


Banner display during poster session (not exclusive)

R 15 000
all 3 days


Company logo to appear on conference bag

R 15 000


Company logo to appear on delegate name tags

R 10 000


*Full page colour advert in program
*Company logo on program
*Banner display in main conference area 

R 25 000


The inclusion of a single company supplied, branded item, into the conference bag.

R 5 000

Register as a sponsor / exhibitor


The executive organising committee is made up of a variety of Mintek staff, with local teams, working toward ensuring the best possible conference experience.  Please direct any enquiries to the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC)'s office (

               Chief Patron 

Dr. Molefi Motuku (Mintek CEO)
Dr. Jones Papo
Dr. Keneiloe Sikhwivhilu
Dr. Lucky Sikhwivhilu
Dr. Amanda Skepu
Dr. Gebhu Ndlovu
Dr. Nikiwe Mhlanga
Dr. Munkombwe Muchindu
Mrs. Hendriëtte van der Walt