Dr. Luke Gwatidzo


  • PhD Chemistry (Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa), April 2014)
  • MSc in Analytical Chemistry (University of Zimbabwe, December 2007)
  • BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry (University of Zimbabwe, December 1997)

Phone: +263 777 663 788
Email: gwatidzolk@gmail.com

Research Interests
Keen on researching in natural products including amino acid composition of plants seeds, lipid chemistry, minor components of unsaponifiable fraction of vegetable oils and food additives that are of health concern.

Current Research
Antiobesity activity of phytocompounds in green teas, Bio and inorganic liquid fertilizer,



  • Gwatidzo L., Chowe L., Musekiwa C. and Mukaratirwa-Muchanyereyi N. 2018. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of Vanguria infausta: an edible wild fruit from Zimbabwe. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 12(13): 168-175
  • Rambwawasvika, H., Dzomba, P., Gwatidzo, L. 2018. In vitro Study of Phytochemical Composition and Antifungal Activity of Dicerocaryum senecioides Leaf Extract. Pharmacologia, 9: 137-143
  • National Patent on HERBAL HAIR SHAMPOO COMPOSITION INVENTORS: Pamhidzai Dzomba; Hardlife Rambwawasvika; Luke Gwatidzo; Courtie Mahamadi; Eddie Mwenje. National Patent.


  • Dzomba P., Gwatidzo L., Mugari P. and Mupa M. 2017. Traditional dishes consumed in Zimbabwe and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) quantitation of their antioxidant phytochemicals. African Journal of Biotechnology 16(26): 1461-1473
  • Mukaratirwa-Muchanyereyi N., Muchenje T., Nyoni S., Shumba M., Mupa M., Gwatidzo L. and Rahman A. 2017. Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Euphorbia Confinalis Stem Extract, Characterization and Evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity. Journal of Nanomaterials & Molecular Nanotechnology 6(3): 1-6
  • Gwatidzo L., Botha, B.M. and McCrindle R.I. 2017. Influence of Extraction Method on Yield, Physicochemical Properties and Tocopherol Content of Manketti (Schinziophyton rautanenii) Nut Oil. Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society 94(7): 973-980
  • Gwatidzo L., Botha, B.M. and McCrindle R.I. 2017. Fatty acid profile of Manketti (Schinziophyton rautanenii) Nut Oil: Influence of extraction method and experimental evidence on the existence of ?-eleostearic acid. Journal of Cereals and Oilseeds 8(5): 33-44
  • Gwatidzo L., Dzomba P. and Mangena M. 2017. TLC separation and antioxidant activity of flavonoids from Carissa bispinosa, Fiscus sycomorus and Grewia bicolar fruits. Accepted for publication in Nutrire


  • Dzomba P., Gwatidzo L., Mthwazi, K. and Mupa M. 2016. Screening and HPLC quantitation of phytocompounds with antiobesity activity in traditional teas consumed in Zimbabwe. Der Pharma Chemica 8(18): 255-265


  • Rahman A. and Gwatidzo L. 2015. A Green Protocol for Selective Oxidation of Alcohols to Carbonyl Compounds Comparative Studies with Various Ni Heterogeneous Catalysts with O 2 and H 2 O 2 as Oxidants. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research 24(4): 196-206
  • Shasha D., Mupa M., Muzarabani N., Gwatidzo L. and Machingauta C. 2015. Removal of Congo Red from Aqueous synthetic solutions using silica gel immobilized Chlorophyta hydrodictyon africanum. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 8(2): 83-90
  • Muzarabani N., Mupa M., Gwatidzo L. and Machingauta C. 2015. Silica gel matrix immobilized Chlorophyta hydrodictyon africanum for the removal of methylene blue from aqueous solutions: Equilibrium and kinetic studies. African Journal of Biotechnology 14(31): 2463-2471


  • Muchanyereyi, N., Matavire, N., Gwatidzo L. and Togarepi E. 2014. Removal of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution by Dehydrated Maize Tassels. Research Journal of Chemical Sciences 4(11): 5-12
  • Gwatidzo L., Botha, B.M., McCrindle, R.I. and Combrinck S. 2014. Extraction and Identification of Phytosterols in Manketti (Schinziophyton rautanenii) Nut Oil. Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society 91: 783-794


  • Gwatidzo L., Botha B.M. and McCrindle R.I. 2013. Determination of amino acid  contents of Manketti seeds (Schinziophyton rautanenii) by pre-column derivatisation with 6-aminoquinolyl-N-hydroxysuccinimidyl carbamate and RP- HPLC. Food Chemistry 141(3): 2163-2169
  • Chigondo F., Nyamunda, B.C, Sithole S.C. and Gwatidzo L. 2013. Removal of lead (II) and copper (II) ions from aqueous solution by baobab (Adononsia digitata) fruit shells biomass. IOSR Journal of Applied Chemistry 5(1): 43-50


  • Analitika conference, 5 – 9 th December 2010,   Stellenbosch,   South Africa. Poster Title: Determination of trace metal contents of Manketti (Ricinodendron rautanenii, Schinz) oil by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)