Soraya M MALINGAi
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Dr Malinga is a Senior Lecturer and a researcher at the Department of Chemicals Sciences, University of Johannesburg. The main focus of the Dr Malinga’s research is in nanotechnology and water research. Specifically she develops new reactive membranes which are embedded with materials such as dendrimers, hyperbranched polymers, bimetallic nanoparticles and enzymes. These reactive membranes are evaluated for the removal of various pollutants such as humic acid and chlorinated organic pollutants. Dr Malinga has authored/co-authored a total number of 33 publications and two book chapter, and her research work has been presented at various local and international scientific conferences. She is currently supervising and co-supervising 12 postgraduate students at Masters and PhD level and has graduated 16 MSc students. Her h-index is 13 according to Google scholar. Dr Soraya Malinga has been awarded grants from Water Research Commission, National Research Foundation and ESKOM to sponsor her research interests. In 2018, Dr Malinga was awarded the DST- Distinguished Young Woman Scientists award in Physical and Engineering Sciences (2nd runner up), due to her outstanding contribution to building South Africa’s scientific research knowledge base.