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Message from the Chair of the Local Organising Committee

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to NanoAfrica - 2018 which is hosted by the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi).  SANi is a well organised network of academics, researchers and engineers from universities, the private sector, industry, research councils and government structures with the common goal of engaging all South Africans who are involved in the exciting field of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience.

The conference will provide a platform for local as well as international students, researchers, technologists and entrepreneurs to interact on the latest advances and imminent trends in this inter- and multi-disciplinary area of nanoscience and nanotechnology.  The stimulating topics will range from synthesis of advanced nanomaterials, their characterisation and novel properties, to cutting-edge applications of nanomaterials, bio-nanomaterials and composites, in various fields such as energy, water, health and the environment.  Also Green Nanotechnology which ensures and enhances the environmental sustainability, more efficient processes and provides a better alternative in livelihood would be of great interest.

The venue, Salt Rock Hotel, is nestled amongst tropical palms on the golden shores of the warm and sparkling Indian Ocean.  This resort is home to hundreds of resident Bottlenose Dolphins.  The venue is only about 15 minutes from the King Shaka International Airport, Durban.  Salt Rock is surrounded by several world class golf courses with the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere (Gateway) a mere 25 minute drive away.

Particularly pleasing, is the enthusiastic response from the younger ‘nanoscientists’, who represent the future leaders in this field.  I am sure this conference will be a wonderful opportunity for them and all the delegates to either present their findings, learn from others about other exciting Nano-related science, or establish new collaborations as they exchange ideas and insights.  In short, I believe the conference will be enjoyable and stimulating for everyone and we warmly encourage you to take part.

With very best wishes,


Vincent O. Nyamori
Chair of the Local Organising Committee

Local Organising Committee Members

Chair: Vincent Nyamori (UKZN)
Vice Chair: Francesco Petruccione (UKZN)
Secretary: Werner van Zyl (UKZN)
Treasurer: Bice Martincigh (UKZN)
Scientific Programme: Fernando Albericio (UKZN)
Website: Laila Smith (Wits)
IT&Transport: Kishore Singh (UKZN)

Others:
Vincent Bisetty (DUT)
Thiru Govender (UKZN)
Karin Pruessner (UKZN)
Malusi Gumede (UKZN)