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Rhodes University students win international accolade

Date Released : 24/04/2019

Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students were awarded the top position in the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge for their electronic and electrical waste management system.

Professor Nyokong awarded fourth honorary doctorate

Date Released : 29/03/2019

Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong will be receiving her fourth honorary doctorate in June, this time from her alma mater Western University where she completed her PhD in Chemistry.

Chemistry awarded R3.5 million NRF grant through Dr Mashazi

Date Released : 20/03/2019

Dr Philani Mashazi, a senior lecturer within the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes University, was recently awarded an amount of R3.5m from the National Research Foundation’s National Equipment Programme.

Pioneering researcher Tebello Nyokong, PhD’87, carries hopes, dreams of continent

Date Released : 17/09/2018

It is difficult to know where to start the story – so far – of Tebello Nyokong.

Rhodes University students, staff, and alumni among Mail & Guardian’s Top 200

Date Released : 02/07/2018

Several students, staff and alumni from Rhodes University are among this year’s Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans for 2018.

Nanotechnology workshop awards three Rhodes students

Date Released : 24/04/2018

The 8th annual DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) Workshop, which took place at Mintek in Randburg, Johannesburg recently, saw three Rhodes students winning awards.

Honorary Graduate is making a Name for African Science

Date Released : 19/04/2018

University of KwaZulu-Natal honorary graduate Professor Tebello Nyokong has made a name for herself as a female scientist in South Africa, breaking ground in scientific developments related to photodynamic therapy for application in cancer treatment, and in building capacity in chemistry.

Timelessly phenomenal, our own Prof Tebello Nyokong

Date Released : 18/04/2018

When Maya Angelou wrote her poem Phenomenal Woman, she had women such as Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong in mind.

Newsletter - Issue 2, Feb 2018

Date Released : 15/02/2018

Newsletter - Issue 2, Feb 2018

Legendary scientist inspires black excellence

Date Released : 06/12/2017

Professor of Science, Tebello Nyokong is a legend. This week she became the first recipient of the Black Science, Technology & Engineering Professionals (BSTEP) Excellence Award.

Prof Nyokong honored for impressive outputs and doctoral graduates

Date Released : 23/11/2017

Dubbed the Compassionate scientist, Rhodes University’s Professor Nyokong has been raking in international and national the awards for her hard work and commitment to the advancement of health in Africa.

Nanotech holds promise for Africa, but not prioritised

Date Released : 19/10/2017

Despite immense potential that nanotechnology holds for Africa’s development, the continent is slow in embracing it, a workshop reports says.

Newsletter - Issue 1, June 2017

Date Released : 19/06/2017

Newsletter - Issue 1, June 2017


Date Released : 12/06/2017


7th Annual DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) Workshop

Date Released : 01/03/2017

This year the NIC Workshop took place at the Medical Research Council of South Africa (MRC) in Cape Town from 25-26 January.

ICPP-9 Conference

Date Released : 11/07/2016

This year the ICPP-9 Conference was held at the Zhongshan Hotel in Nanjing, China from the 3rd-8th July and was attended by four Chemistry/Nanotechnology staff members and four students.

Pearson-Young funded students visit University College London, UK

Date Released : 01/07/2016

As recipients of funding from the Pearson-Young Memorial Trust, we were afforded the opportunity to travel to London to experience a research environment in the United Kingdom. While there, we had the opportunity to work in University College London’s Division of General Surgery and Interventional Science, which is based at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

Rhodes University’s MSc Student wins 2016 SA Women in Science Award

Date Released : 18/08/2016

Miss Jessica Anne Harris, a MSc Chemistry student supervised by Professor Nyokong, is the proud 2016 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) winner.

Records tumble for Rhodes prof

Date Released : 04/07/2016

Internationally renowned Rhodes University medicinal chemistry and nanotechnology expert Professor Tebello Nyokong and her students have been praised for their publication of 63 peer reviewed papers in one year.

President Zuma congratulates Prof Nyokong

Date Released : 01/02/2016

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated renowned South African scientist, Professor Tebello Nyokong after winning the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award.

Rhodes professor wins AU award for research

Date Released : 02/02/2016

An internationally renowned scientist from Rhodes University has won a prestigious African Union (AU) award for her cutting-edge research in nanotechnology.

President Jacob Zuma Congratulates Prof. Nyokong On Winning a Continental Scientific Award

Date Released : 02/02/2016

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated distinguished South African scientist Prof. Tebello Nyokong, following her winning on 30 January 2016 of the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award

South African Scientist Picks 2016 AU Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award

Date Released : 01/02/2016

A distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology, Professor Tebello Nyokong has been named winner of this year’s AU Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award at the ongoing AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Distinguished Professor Nyokong honoured with $100000 science award

Date Released : 01/02/2016

Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University was awarded an African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award (AUKNSA) on Saturday, 30 January 2016.

Chemistry Doctoral Student Visits Moscow, Russia

Date Released : 05/08/2015

Ms Muthumuni Managa, a 1st year Chemistry Doctoral student under the supervision of Distinguished Prof Tebello Nyokong recently visited the Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia.

From herding sheep to top scientist, inspirer

Date Released : 04/08/2015

SCIENCE is not for girls. This is a myth held by many. It was even believed by a girl who would however grow up to be a scientist whose work in cancer treatment – developing an alternative to chemotherapy – would earn her international renown.

Lilian Ngoyi Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Oxford Scholarship

Date Released : 27/05/2015

Nhlakanipho Mkhize, better known to his friends as “Colin” is a proud Lilian Ngoyi Alumnus who has recently been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University in the UK from September 2015.

Graduation News

Date Released : 15/04/2015

Graduation News

Behind the Icon – Tebello Nyokong: The compassionate scientist

Date Released : 05/10/2014

This week, 21 Icons focuses its lens on the 10th icon of its second season: Tebello Nyokong, renowned scientist, chemist and professor at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Pandor high-five for Rhodes

Date Released : 17/11/2014

SCIENCE and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor yesterday praised South Africa for becoming a major world player in cutting edge nanotechnology despite only being involved for a short time.

Nanotechnology Centre for Rhodes

Date Released : 17/11/2014

South Africa’s position as a global leader in nanotechnology, and Rhodes University’s contribution to this field was given a boost last week with the launch of the first-of-its-kind Rhodes/Department of Science and Technology (DST) Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind within a single facility in a university environment in South Africa.

UN hand-picks Rhodes professor

Date Released : 02/12/2014

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Rhodes University chemistry professor Tebello Nyokong is one of 12 scientists who were picked by United Nations secretary-general

Rhodes students privileged to have world class nanotechnology equipment

Date Released : 11/12/2014

Having the newly launched Time-Of-Flight-Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) located just down the hallway from them in Rhodes

UN hand-picks Rhodes professor

Date Released : 03/12/2014

THE UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed Rhodes University professor Tebello Nyokong as adviser of a proposed technology bank and science

Rhodes professor appointed to UN high-level panel

Date Released : 02/12/2014

RHODES University's Prof Tebello Nyokong has been appointed to a highlevel panel to advise on the organisational and operational aspects of the UN's proposed innovation supporting mechanism on technology and science.

Rhodes scientist bowled over by appointment to UN panel

Date Released : 02/12/2014

WORLD-renowned Rhodes University scientist and professor Tebello Nyokong has been appointed to a United Nations science and technology advisory panel.

Chemistry Masters Student Visits Moscow, Russia

Date Released : 18/11/2014

Mr Colin Mkhize, a 2nd year Chemistry Masters student under the supervision of Distinguished Prof Tebello Nyokong recently visited the Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia.

Science coup for Grahamstown

Date Released : 17/11/2014

Better air quality, cleaner water, healthier food and more effective medicines have been some of the results of research in nanotechnology.

Minister Pandor unveils R17m nanotech equipment at Rhodes University

Date Released : 17/11/2014

State-of-the-art nanotechnology research equipment worth R17 million – the first such equipment in South Africa – was unveiled at Rhodes University today by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.

Research gets R17m hi-tech boost

Date Released : 17/11/2014

THE Eastern Cape bolstered its position as an intellectual centre for cutting-edge research yesterday when Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor unveiled a new nanotechnology facility.

Tebello Nyokong: From sheep shepherd to one of Africa's pre-eminent scientists

Date Released : 17/11/2014

21 ICONS’ tenth icon of its second season is Tebello Nyokong, the renowned scientist, chemist and professor at Rhodes University.

Rhodes University urged to improve lives through new technology

Date Released : 17/11/2014

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has appealed to Rhodes University to use its world class scientific and technological equipment to improve the living conditions of Eastern Cape citizens.

Chemistry Masters Students visit Tohoku University in Japan

Date Released : 12/11/2014

Ms Siphesihle Nxele and Mr Zane Watkins, both 1st year Chemistry Masters (MSc) students under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong recently spent two months in Japan to do some research at the Tohoku University in Sendai.

Pandor to open high-tech nanotechnology facility at Rhodes

Date Released : 11/11/2014

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is set to officially open the Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation atRhodes University, in Grahamstown, on November 14, placing the institution at the forefront of international nanotechnology research.


Date Released : 20/10/2014

NIC Manager, Dr Jonathan Britton and Senior Lecturer, Dr Philani Mashazi recently received awards to attend the 9th European Workshop on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS Europe 2014) held at University of Münster, Germany from 7 – 9th September 2014.

Investec Rhodes Top 100 2014

Date Released : 13/10/2014

O'Donoghue is doing his BSc Honours in Chemistry and has been involved in leadership positions at an academic, sporting and university society level.

Investec Rhodes Top 100 2014

Date Released : 13/10/2014

As part of her Masters in Chemistry, Nxele spent two months in Japan's University of Tohoku, Sendai-shi and was also able to attend this year's NanoAfrica, an international conference focuses on nanotechnology work.

Prof Nyokong in 21 icon series

Date Released : 03/10/2014

In the iconic photo, Tebello Nyokong, renowned scientist, chemist and Rhodes University professor is pictured in a field of sheep, dressed in traditional gear covered by her white lab coat

Behind the Icon – Tebello Nyokong: The compassionate scientist

Date Released : 06/10/2014

This week, 21 Icons focuses its lens on the 10th icon of its second season: Tebello Nyokong

International Conference of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines ICPP-8 2014)

Date Released : 30/06/2014

This year the annual ICPP Conference took place in Istanbul, Turkey from the 22nd -27th June

Pearson Young funded students visit University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom

Date Released : 30/06/2014

This year several Chemistry post-graduate students were funded by a new donor, “The Pearson Young Memorial Trust”. The funding is mainly aimed at students wanting to do cancer-related research.

5th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NANOAFRICA 2014)

Date Released : 30/04/2014

The NANOAFRICA 2014 Conference took place at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark from 30th March to 2nd April 2014

Light on the fight against cancer

Date Released : 22/07/2014

Researcher Professor Tebello Nyokong is generating international interest in refining photodynamic therapy techniques used to treat cancer.

Cancer scientist pines for students

Date Released : 05/12/2013

A Rhodes University professor, Tebello Nyokong, who has made significant strides using

An outlier redesigns chemistry

Date Released : 22/10/2013

TEBELLO Nyokong recounts a tale of her Lesotho childhood: "I was the oldest of three, and was sent to herd sheep in the fields with the boys.

Prof Nyokong to address The World Academy of Sciences

Date Released : 01/10/2013

Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong will discuss the use of combined therapies to fight cancer in Africa at the yearly General Meeting of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) on Thursday 3 October 2013, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rhodes scientists turn off the green light

Date Released : 03/09/2013

Scientists at Rhodes University in Grahamstown have developed a simple dye that may hold the solution to pranksters who flash green lasers at aircraft, temporarily blinding the pilot and putting lives at risk.

Lifetime award for top scientist

Date Released : 30/08/2013

Her father had often told her: "You can do anything. Dont ever stop." It was a lesson well learnt – today Prof Tebello Nyokong is one of South Africas top scientists in the fields of chemistry and nanotechnology.

Leading researchers honoured in P.E.

Date Released : 29/08/2013

South Africa’s leading researchers were honoured yesterday by the National Research Foundation (NRF) here at its 28th annual awards ceremony, held in the Boardwalk Hotel.

Rhodes professor honoured for service

Date Released : 29/08/2013

At a ceremony here the National Research Foundation honoured Professor Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University for her lifetime of contribution in her subject field.

Rhodes academic gets A-rating from NRF

Date Released : 14/03/2013

THE National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded highly acclaimed Rhodes University academic Professor Tebello Nyokong a rare A-rating.

Inspiring Women to Pursue Careers in Chemistry

Date Released : 21/02/2011

2011 is the International Year of Chemistry. This integral scientific discipline attracts a broad array of bright and passionate scientists, but as a career it is hugely challenging and demanding. In order to stay up-to-date one really has to dedicate one’s life to the discipline. As a field of study it requires not only rigorous devotion but also insurmountable patience and perseverance. The entrenched structures of our patriarchal society often result in women assuming roles of

EU team visits NIC

Date Released : 24/03/2011

An EU team visits the Nanotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes Univerisity – March 2011 From left to right: Prof Georgios Priniotakis (Technological Education Institute of Piraeus, Greece); Dr Philippe Westbroek (Ghent University, Belgium); Prof Tebello Nyokong (Rhodes University, South Africa); Mr Anastasios Tzerachoglou (Technological Education Institute of Piraeus, Greece); and Mr Ioannis Chronis (Technological Education Institute of Piraeus, Greece) Researchers fro

Genius sisterhood arrives in SA

Date Released : 04/04/2011

The fourth International Conference on Women in Physics takes place in Stellenbosch this week. L uminaries attending include the woman who discovered neutron stars, a former head of the Nobel committee for physics and the world's first black female astronaut. Pretoria physics professor Diane Grayson said the event, which will include public outreach events, would look at why South Africa has relatively few female scientists, and how to remedy this. Women in South Africa still repr

Celebrating Women

Date Released : 21/02/2011

Prof Nyokong receives a special award

Date Released : 21/02/2011

Prof Nyokong among South Africa’s most influential

Date Released : 21/02/2011

Making a contribution to exciting new technology

Date Released : 21/02/2011

Biotechnology student wins award

Date Released : 21/02/2011

Nyokong Wins Prestigious L' Oreal Award

Date Released : 21/02/2011

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Date Released : 10/06/2011

Nyokong puts women in Science on the map

Date Released : 21/02/2011