iThemba LABS students win awards at conferences

The International Nuclear Physics Conference was held in Glasgow, UK this year and provided an opportunity for young scientists to present their research work to an audience of experts. Two of our PhD students from iThemba LABS, working on the newly commissioned electron spectrometer, presented preliminary results of their work in a poster session at the conference. Mr. Abraham Avaa’s poster titled “Electric monopole (E0) transitions in the study of 70Ge” showcased new results and spectroscopic information. The poster gained special recognition and was awarded the 3rd best poster at the conference.

Furthermore, during the 64th South African Institute of Physics Conference, which was held at the University of Venda, the following students received awards for best contributions: Ms Sinegugu Mthembu, for MSc, Mr Abel Sithole, and Ms Thuthukile Khumalo.


Miss Siphokazi Panya Panya (right), a DST-NRF Innovation Scholarship PhD student based at MRD, was awarded the “Springer-Nature Award” for outstanding research work presented at the Inaugural International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (NANOSMAT-AFRICA) conference at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West from 19 to 23 November 2018.

This was the first time a prize of this nature was presented at a conference and it included a trophy, a certificate of recognition and also an access to Nanoscience prestigious database for a period of one year. The full title of Miss Panya Panya’s presentation is: Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) on Geological Samples: Hardness Differentiation.

Mrs Touria Khamliche (left) won the prize of the best poster in the PhD category. The title of her poster presentation is: Thermal Conductivity Enhancement in Laser Liquid Solid Interaction Fabricated Cu Nanoparticles Ethylene Glycol Based Nanofluids.