Lectures and teachers

Egid B. Mubofu

Vice Chancellor, University of Dodoma (UDOM), Tanzania

LECTURE TITLE: Standardization for sustainable development

PROFILE:
Egid Beatus Mubofu (PhD) is an Associate professor of chemistry and received his B.Sc. (Ed.) from the University of Dar es salaam (UDSM) in 1992, after which he spent a year working for Unilever (TZ) as a factory management trainee at Kibwele Factory. In 1994, he left Unilever and joined for M.Sc. (Chem.) degree at the University of Dar es Salaam, Chemistry Department under the supervision of Prof. L.L Mkayula where he successfully completed in 1996 and graduated in 1997. In October 1997, he joined the University of York (UK.) to pursue a PhD in chemistry where he completed his PhD in June 2001 and graduated in May 2002. His research was done at the Centre of excellence in green Chemistry, where he researched on novel environmentally benign supported palladium catalysts under the supervision of Prof. Dr. James H. Clark and Dr. Duncan Macqurrie. He then went on to become a postdoctoral research fellow for two years (2001-2003) at the University of Groningen, Stratingh Institute under the guidance of Emeritus Prof. Dr. Jan Engberts. In his postdoctoral tenure in the physical organic chemistry group, he worked on the use of water as an alternative cleaner and green solvent for performing Lewis acid catalysed Diels-Alder reactions. While in York and Groningen, he was lucky in both occasions to attend the Venice Green Chemistry Summer schools organised by Prof. Pietro Tundo. After studying and working around the globe, he returned to Tanzania in December 2003 and joined the Chemistry Department, University of Dar es Salaam as a lecturer. In 2008 he was promoted to a senior lecturer position and since 2012 he was appointed to head the chemistry department, at the University of Dar es salaam until 30th June 2016. when he was appointed acting Director General of Tanzania Bureau o of Standards. In November 2016, he was promoted to the position of associate professor of chemistry at the University of Dar es Salaam. In May 2nd 2017, he was appointed by HE the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to the position of Director General of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), the position he has been in the acting capacity since 30th June 2016. Before joining TBS in the acting capacity, he served TBS as a chairperson of Eco-labelling technical committee (TC) for over five years.

In research, Egid has spent over 15 years investigating at the cutting edge of green chemistry research and working with the Government to improve policy support for new sustainable innovations using bio-based materials for fabrication of nanomaterials. He has over 50 publications in high impact scientific journals and in five book chapters to his credit. In 2016, professor Mubofu authored and co-authored over 15 publications in high impact factor journals and one book chapter and emerged as the overall winner as a researcher who published more papers in 2016 at the University of Dar es Salaam. Moreover, his research emerged the 2nd overall best research at the University of Dar es Salaam leading to an award of 15 million Tanzanian Shillings (15 million TZS) to enhance research. Since 2005, he has supervised over 22 postgraduate students four of which are PhD students while the remaining are MSc. He has supervised several undergraduate projects and has been an external examiner in several occasions including at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Zululand. Professor Mubofu’s research interests are on green chemistry, nanomaterials and catalysis. He is involved with the novel chemical modification of nanomaterial surfaces and their application to different reactions and applications such as acid-catalysed reactions, water treatment, drug-delivery, catalytic oxidations, carbon-carbon bond forming transformations and in solar cell fabrication. He is heavily involved in the synthesis of nanomaterials, using locally and cheaply available renewable bio-based capping agents such as anacardic acid, recinoleic acid and castor oil for various applications. He has developed several palladium/copper heterogeneous catalysts (metal) and biocatalystic systems using chemically modified Micelle Templated Silica (MTS) with cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) surfactant. His research is centred on the use of renewable resources to generate functional materials. He has received several awards in the area of nanomaterials and catalysis. In 2016 Prof. Mubofu was the 1st WINNER OF UDSM OVERALL RESEARCHER WHO EXCELLED IN PUBLICATIONS (had the highest number of publications for the year 2016) and whereas in 2015, his research team was the 2nd UDSM OVERALL WINNER IN RESEARCH PROJECTS.

On 30th June 2016, he was appointed Acting Director General of Tanzania Bureau o of Standards (TBS). In November 2016, he was promoted to the position of associate professor of chemistry at the University of Dar es Salaam. In May 2nd 2017, Prof. Mubofu was appointed by His Excellency, The President of the United Republic of Tanzania to the position of Director General of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), the position he has been in the acting capacity since 30th June 2016. Before joining TBS in the acting capacity, he served TBS as a chairperson of Eco-labelling technical committee (TC) for over five years.