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Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong

Professor Tebello Nyokong (OMB, FRSSA, FRSC)

Headshot Prof Nyokong

PhD University of Western Ontario, Canada

Distingished Professor of Chemistry

DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology

Director of DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC)

Research interests: Photodynanic therapy using metallophthalocyanines, photochemistry, photophysics and electrochemistry of phthalocyanines, development of sensors for medically important molecules using nanostructured materials such as carbon nanotubes.


Click on link below to see publications from 2010 to 2016:



1.    Continental Award - Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award by the African Union in 2016
2.    Recognized by CEO (Celebrating excellence in organizations)  in Johannesburg as the most influential woman in Education & Training in South Africa and the SADC  (Southern African Development Community) region. CEO is a network of leaders from the SADC” - 2015
3.    UNESCO Medal for Contribution to Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies - 2015
4.    Appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as part of United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Technology Bank For Least Developed Countries - 2015
5.    Jury - L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards 2014/2015
6.    Featured in 21 Icons (SABC-3), South Africa - 2014
7.    National Research Foundation "Lifetime Achievement Award" - 2013
8.    National Research Foundation Rating: A
9.    Awarded Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) Medal - 2013
10.    ISE Electrochemistry Excellence Award: Teaching & Research – 2013
11.    Elected fellow of the African Academy of Sciences - 2013
12.    South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Gold Medal award – 2012
13.    Included in the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH), located in Burgos, Spain to be one of their "13 NAMES TO CHANGE THE WORLD” – 2012
14.    Named by IT News Africa as one of the top 10 most influential women in science and technology in Africa.
15.    Awarded the Distinguished professorship at Rhodes University 2012
16.    RSC (Royal Society in Chemistry)/ PACN (Pan African Chemistry Network) Distinguished Women in Chemistry: 2011
17.    Invited by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to be a member of the UNESCO High-level panel on Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable Development, June 2011
18.    International Conference on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materiel (ICFPAM) award in memory of the centenary of the first Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to a woman: Marie Curie. And also this is the year of Chemistry, 26th May 2011.
19.    Inducted by Vodacom Lesotho into the Lesotho Hall of Fame, 2010
20.    Awarded Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by Walter Sizulu University, 3rd May, 2010
21.    Awarded Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by University of South Africa, 11th May, 2010
22.    Elected Fellow of Third World Academy of Science -2009.
23.    Awarded NRF President’s award as Champion for the transformation in research – 2009.
24.    Awarded 2009/2010 CEO (Celebrating excellence in organizations) Most Influential Women in Business and Government (MIW) – Education and Teaching Sector.
25.    Received L’Oreal-UNESCO award for “Women in Science” as a Laureate representing Africa and the Arab States in 2009. Committee chaired by Prof A Zawail (Recipient of Nobel prize in Chemistry, 1999). Also in the committee C. de Duve, recipient of Nobel prize in Medicine, 1974).
26.    September, 2009, a motion was passed in the National Assembly acknowledging her role in transformation of science in South Africa. Subsequently she addressed the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Science.
27.    Recognized as one of the top three publishing scientists in South Africa for 2007.
28.    Awarded City Press / Rapport Prestige Awards for Inspirational Women Achievers – 2008.
29.    Awarded Research chair for Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation, starting 2007.
30.    Bestowed with the Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze by the State President Mbeki -2005.
31.    Awarded a Grant-Holder medal for 2005 from CSIR for being the best NLC grant holder of the year 2005.
32.    Chosen as Rhodes University Rhodes Women of the Year in the Senior Research category, 2006.
33.    Winner of SABC2/Shorprite-Checkers Woman of the year 2004 in Science and Technology.
34.    Runner-up- DST Women in Science, 2004 and 2008.
35.    Selected by Department of Science and Technology to present the Frances Ames Lecture, 2004.
36.    Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research award - 2003.
37.    Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (FRSSA).
38.    Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
39.    Fulbright Award, 1990. Visited the Radiation Laboratory, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.
40.    Financial Mail little black book list for two years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) for top 100 influential people in South Africa.




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