TU-K Awarded Kshs 79 Million by the NRF-Kenya to establish Electron Microscopy Center

The Technical University of Kenya has been awarded Kshs 79,759,620 by the National Research Fund (NRF-Kenya) to establish an Electron Microscopy Center. The award certificate was presented to the University during the NRF Stakeholders workshop on 14 December, 2017 in Nairobi. The Proposal which was authored by Dr. Joab Onyango, Dr. Peter Ndangili, Dr. Austin Aluoch, Dr. Geoffrey Otieno, Dr. Clare Muhanji, Dr. Patrick Shem Musyoki and tirelessly supported by Prof. Joseph Lala, Prof. Florence Oloo and Prof. Jackson Maxwel Odote will establish the center at the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology (DCST) in School of Physical Sciences and Technology (SPST).

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Dr. Joab Onyango

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Dr. Austin Aluoch

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Dr. Geoffrey Otieno

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Dr. Peter Ndangili

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Dr. Patrick Shem Musyoki

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Dr. Clare Muhanji

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Prof. J.O. Lalah

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Prof. J.M. Odote

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Prof. Florence Oloo

Through this NRF infrastructural support for research and training institutions grant, the proposed center will acquire, install and run two equipment namely: 1) High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM) and, 2) Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

Currently there is no such center in Kenya with these high resolution equipment for studying underlying structure of materials, their properties, processing methods as well as their performance application. The establishment of the facility for training and research in nanomaterials science and other complementary areas will greatly influence the industrial and commercial processes in the country by development of new technologies through research and innovations. Researchers and academics in Kenyan institutions currently get microscopy services mainly from South Africa and Europe. The reliance of electron microscopy services from foreign countries is always met with challenges of cross border sample movement, visa requirements, costs involved in travel, accommodation, subsistence as well as costs charged for sample analysis.
The Electron Microscopy Centre established with the support of this grant intends to train undergraduates, 25 Masters, 10 PhD’s and 5 Postdoctoral researchers over a period of 5 years in TUK besides those from other collaborating institutions. New technologies and innovations will also be developed and commercialized.