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MSU Scientist Gets €500 000 Research Grant

MSU Scientist Gets €500 000 Research Grant

Midlands State University (MSU) scientist, Dr Gift Mehlana has received up to €500 000 grant from the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

He is one of the 44 outstanding early-to-mid-career researchers from 38 African countries who received the grant.

The AAS is implementing the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Programme (ARISE-PP) with sponsorship from the European Union.

The European Commission and the African Union Commission are the strategic oversight partners in the programme.

Dr Mehlana was selected from a pool of over 900 applicants from the African continent.

Dr Mehlana attended the ARISE inception meeting from Wednesday to Friday last week in Nairobi, Kenya, where he presented his ground-breaking work on “Water stable porous Metal-Organic Frameworks as host materials for biological catalysts in carbon dioxide conversion to methanol.” He told New Ziana in an interview:

I am very excited to be an ARISE fellow. It gives me the opportunity to demonstrate my ability to conduct meaningful research that has the potential to address problems facing African societies and the world at large.

My project has two goals. It addresses climate change by reducing carbon emissions and it produces an energy material (methanol) that is essential in the twenty-first century as we transition to green economies..

He said his study employs natural processes that have evolved over time to produce methanol from carbon dioxide.

The ARISE program complements the work of African research institutions and universities in developing role models for upcoming African researchers and also prevents brain drain from the continent.

Programme recipients have a wide range of research interests, from renewable energy, climate change, food security, health, and environmental solutions for people living on the African continent. 

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9 Comments

Asalif 2 days ago

Agriculture of course need a lot of research but it's an obvious thing that this industry is not progressive because government is not financing agricultural sector to full capacity most of the farmers who benefited the land reform program are not able to finance the projects on their own


Patriot 2 days ago

Siyakubongela


PLO Lumumba 2 days ago

Congratulations!!wedu wadadisa! African brains


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Congress...


zviriko 2 days ago

well done baba


mafirakureva JoJo chenjera 2 days ago

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✔️ 2 days ago

Congratulations !! welcome to the club !!


Putin 🇷🇺 2 days ago

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doctors need to be paid enough 2 days ago

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