Prof N.Chaukura 2018
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Office: B10, Consultation hours: Mon: 1400-1600, Tue: 1200-1400, Wed: 1500-1600, Fri: 1000-1200 hrs.
PhD in Materials Chemistry (University of Manchester, UK), MA in Educational Studies (University of Sheffield, UK), MSc in Analytical Chemistry (UZ), BSc (Honours) Chemistry (UZ), Qualified Teacher Status (General Teaching Council for England), Quality Assurance (City & Guilds of London Institute).
Physical Chemistry: Part 1 – Part 4
Materials Chemistry; Nanomaterials: MSc Physical Chemistry
Plastic Technology: Part 1
Engineering Materials: Agricultural Engineering Part 1

The design and synthesis of functional materials for the removal of emerging pollutants from environmental systems.
Nanotechnology for water sustainability and other applications.
Natural organic matter in drinking water: treatability, removal and development of techniques for removal of disinfection by-products.

Current students

Student Studies Research area
Felistas Mudhari DipEd Plastics recycling
Edmore Muzawazi BSc (Hons) Chem Effluent contaminated with antibiotics
Jameson Makonese BScEd Remediation of contaminated raw water using materials derived from food waste
Robert Chiworeso MSc Analytical Chemistry Ceramic filters for water purification.
Dixon Natsira MSc Analytical Chemistry The coagulation process
Mbonisi Maphosa MSc Analytical Chemistry A low-cost water treatment approach for poor communities.
Nathan Thusabantu MSc Physical Chemistry Valorization and applications of algal biomass 
Sibongile Malunga MSc Physical Chemistry Photocatalytic applications of nanocomposites derived from waste
Gerald Katengeza MSc Physical Chemistry A point-of-use ceramic filter for poor communities
Rufaro Kawondera MSc Physical Chemistry De facto water re-use.


Prof. W Gwenzi – Soil Science Department, University of Zimbabwe
Dr TI Nkambule & Prof BB Mamba – Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit, University of South Africa.
Dr H Mungondori – Chemistry Department, University of Zimbabwe.

Peer reviewed publications


  • P Tshindane, PP Mamba, L Moss, U Swana, W Moyo, MM Motsa, BB Mamba, N Chaukura, and Thabo TI Nkambule (2019) The occurrence of natural organic matter in South African water treatment plants. Journal of Water Process Engineering. Accepted.
  • S.N Ndiweni, M Chys, N Chaukura, S.W.H Van Hulle, T.I Nkambule (2019) Assessing the impact of environmental activities on natural organic matter in South Africa and Belgium. Environmental Technology. DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2019.1575920.


  • Nhamo Chaukura, Nqobile G Ndhlangamadhla, Welldone Moyo, Titus AM Msagati, Bhekie B Mamba, Thabo I Nkambule (2018) Natural organic matter in aquatic systems – a South African perspective. Water S. Afr. 44(4) 624-635, DOI: 10.4314/wsa.v44i4.11.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Welldone Moyo, Bhekie B Mamba, Thabo I Nkambule (2018) Removal of dissolved organic matter from aqueous systems using zero valent iron – carbonaceous conjugated microporous polymer nanocomposites. Phys. Chem. Earth (Parts A/B/C) DOI: 10.1016/j.pce.2018.08.006.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Sabastian S Mukonza, Thabo I Nkambule, Bhekie B Mamba (2018) Photodegradation of humic acid in aqueous solution using a TiO2-carbonaceous hypercrosslinked polystyrene nanocomposite. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI: 10.1007/s13762-018-1755-2.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Welldone Moyo, Bhekie B Mamba, Thabo I Nkambule (2018) Abatement of humic acid from aqueous solution using a carbonaceous conjugated microporous polymer derived from waste polystyrene. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 25(4), 3291-3300, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-0691-x.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura (2018) Organic Contaminants in African Aquatic Systems: Current Knowledge, Health Risks, and Future Research Directions. Sci. Total Environ. 619-620, 1493-1514. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11121.
  • Thato M Masilompane, Nhamo Chaukura, Shivani B Mishra, Ajay K Mishra, Bhekie B Mamba (2018) Lignin and chitosan based materials for dye and metal ion remediation in aqueous systems. Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials (ISSN: 2364- 1978), Bio & Nanosorbents from Natural Resources. p55-73. Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-68708-7-3.
  • Thato M Masilompane, Nhamo Chaukura, Shivani B Mishra, Ajay K Mishra (2018) Chitosan-Lignin-Titania nanocomposites for the removal of brilliant black dye from aqueous solution. Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 120 (Part B), 1659-1666. DOI:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2018.09.129.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Kosta Greyson, Nhamo Chaukura (2018) Potential leaching of heavy metals from pristine and accelerated weathered slag from recycling of automobile lead-acid batteries. Environ. Processes 5(3), 611-629. DOI: 10.1007/s40710-018-0320-9.
  • W. Gwenzi, T. J. Nyambishi, N. Chaukura, N. Mapope (2018) Synthesis and nutrient release patterns of a Biochar based N-P-K slow-release fertilizer. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. 15(2) 405-414. DOI: 10.1007/s13762-017-1399-7.3.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Lynda Mangori, Concilia Danha, Nhamo Chaukura, Nothando Dunjana (2018) Sources, behaviour and environmental risks of high-technology rare earth elements as emerging contaminants. Sci. Total Environ. 636, 299-313. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.235.


  • Nhamo Chaukura, Bhekie B Mamba, Shivani B Mishra (2017) Conversion of post-consumer waste polystyrene into a high value adsorbent and its sorptive properties for Congo Red from aqueous solution. J. Environ. Manage. 193, 280-289. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.02.023.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Bhekie B Mamba, Shivani B Mishra (2017) Porous materials for the sorption of pollutants: The case for conjugated microporous polymers. Journal of Water Process Engineering 16, 223-232. DOI: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2017.02.001.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Willis Gwenzi, Nyarai Mupatsi, Deborah T Ruziwa, Claudius Chimuka (2017) Comparative adsorption of Zn2+ from aqueous solution using hydroxylated and sulphonated biochars derived from pulp and paper sludge. Water, Air, Soil Pollut. 228, 7-15. DOI: 10.1007/s11270-016-3191-6.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Edna C Murimba, Willis Gwenzi (2017) Sorptive removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution using a biochar nanocomposite derived from pulp and paper sludge. Journal of Environmental Technology and Innovation 8, 132-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.eti.2017.06.004.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Edna C Murimba, Willis Gwenzi (2017) Synthesis, characterisation and methyl orange adsorption capacity of ferric oxide-biochar nano-composites derived from pulp and paper sludge. Appl. Water Sci. 7(5) 2175-2186. DOI: 10.1007/s13201-016-0392-5.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura, Chicgoua Noubactep, Fungai ND Mukome (2017) Biochar Based Water Treatment as a Potential Low-cost and Sustainable Technology for Clean Water Provision. J. Environ. Manage. 197, 732-749. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.03.087.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Colleta Mushaike, Nhamo Chaukura, Tavengwa Bunhu (2017) Removal of Heavy Metals in Acid Mine Drainage Using a Sequential Combination of Coal Ash Based Adsorbents and Phytoremediation by Vetiver Grass [Chrysopogon zizanoides]. Mine Water Environ. 36(4) 520-531. DOI: 10.1007/s10230017-0439-3.
  • Tavengwa Bunhu, Lilian Tichagwa, Nhamo Chaukura (2017) Competitive adsorption of Cd2+ and Pb2+ ions from aqueous solution onto poly(methylmethacrylate)-grafted montmorillonite clay nanocomposite. Appl. Water Sci. 7(5) 2287-2295. DOI: 10.1007/s13201-016- 0404-5.


  • Nhamo Chaukura, Willis Gwenzi, Nikita Tavengwa, Mercy Manyuchi (2016) Biosorbents for the removal of synthetic organics and emerging pollutants: opportunities and challenges for developing countries. Environmental Development 19, 84-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.envdev.2016.05.002.
  • Nhamo Chaukura, Willis Gwenzi, Tavengwa Bunhu, Deborah Ruziwa and Innocent Pumure (2016) Potential uses and value-added products derived from waste polystyrene in developing countries: A Review. Resour., Conserv. Recycl. 107, 157-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.10.031.4.
  • Tavengwa Bunhu, Nhamo Chaukura, Lilian Tichagwa (2016) Preparation and characterization of polymer-grafted montmorillonite-lignocellulose nanocomposites by in situ intercalative polymerization. Journal of Applied Chemistry 2016, 1-8 DOI: 10.1155/2016/4137398.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Dorcas Gora, Nhamo Chaukura, Tonny Tauro (2016) Leaching Behaviour of Heavy Metals in Open-burning Bottom Ash and Soil from a Non-engineered Solid Waste Landfill. Chemosphere 147, 144-154. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.12.102.


  • Deborah T Ruziwa, Nhamo Chaukura, Willis Gwenzi, Innocent Pumure (2015) Removal of Zn2+ and Pb2+ from water using sulphonated waste polystyrene. J. Environ. Chem. Eng. (Part A) 3(4) 2528-2537. DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2015.08.006.
  • Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura, Fungai N.D. Mukome, Stephen Machado, Blessing Nyamasoka (2015) Biochar production and applications in sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, constraints, risks and uncertainties. J. Environ. Manage. 150, 250-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.11.027.


  • Willis Gwenzi, Tinashe Musarurwa, Phillip Nyamugafata, Nhamo Chaukura, Allen Chaparadza and Sharron Mbera (2014) Adsorption of Zn2+ and Ni2+ in a binary aqueous solution by biosorbents derived from sawdust and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). Water Sci. Technol. 70(8) 1419-1427. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2014.391.


  • S. Harms, K. Rätzke, F. Faupel, N. Chaukura, P. M. Budd, W. Egger and L. Ravelli (2012) Aging and Free Volume in a Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM-1). J. Adhes. 88(7) 608-619. DOI: 10.1080/00218464.2012.682902.


  • Bader S. Ghanem, Mohammed Hashem, Kenneth D. M. Harris, Kadhum J. Msayib, Mingcan Xu, Peter M. Budd, Nhamo Chaukura, David Book, Steven Tedds, Allan Walton, and Neil B. McKeown (2010) Triptycene based polymers of intrinsic microporosity: Organic materials that can be tailored for gas adsorption. Macromolecules 43(12) 5287-5294. DOI: 10.1021/ma100640m.
  • Thomas Emmler, Kathleen Heinrich, Detlev Fritsch, Peter M. Budd, Nhamo Chaukura, Dennis Ehlers, Klaus Ratzke, and Franz Faupel (2010) Free Volume Investigation of Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs): PIM-1 and PIM-1 Copolymers Incorporating Ethanoanthracene Units. Macromolecules 43(14) 6075-6084. DOI:10.1021/ma1008786. 5.


  • Kadhum J. Msayib, David Book, Peter M. Budd, Nhamo Chaukura, Kenneth D. M. Harris, Madeleine Helliwell, Steven Tedds, Allan Walton, John E. Warren, Mingcan Xu, Neil B. McKeown (2009) Nitrogen and Hydrogen Adsorption by an Organic Microporous Crystal. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48, 3273-3277. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200900234.