Postponement of the biennial conferences

On behalf of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS) Board of Directors, the email serves to inform you that due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not have our planned biennial conference in December 2021. The hope is that by December 2022, the situation will have normalized to allow us to experience the physical interactions which are very effective for nurturing collaborations as is typical of our biennial conferences. Consequently, the 11th biennial AMRS conference which was supposed to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2021 has been moved to December 2022. It also follows that the 12th biennial AMRS conference that was supposed to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2023 has been moved to December 2024

We  wish you all safety and look forward to seeing you in Dakar, 2022 and Kigali, 2024.


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New Executive Director for Ethiopian Academy of Sciences – Prof. Teketel Yohannes

Prof Teketel Anshebo obtained his BSc in 1984, MSc in 1989 and PhD in 1997 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Since 1984, he has been serving at higher education institutes. His academic career started as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Chemistry of the then Bahir Dar Teachers College; which was the satellite College of Addis Ababa University. Prof, Teketel also has had various short and long-term training in management and leadership (e.g., Advanced Leadership Seminar (four weeks) in Haggai Institute, Hawaii, USA, Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) (two weeks), Osnabruck, Germany, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (one year) from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He also served as a Committee Member for the preparation of a strategic plan for the AAU using Balanced Scorecard for GTP I and GTP II periods.

TEKETEL Biography


The IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab is a network of operational crystallographic laboratories based in different countries worldwide, many in less endowed regions of Africa, South and Central America and South Asia. This initiative is aimed at allowing access to crystallographic knowledge and technology in all parts of the world, key for the fruitful development of science, and to open possibilities for conducting high-level research.

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The African Light Source

Towards a Light Source for the African Continent

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Towards an African Nanotechnology Future. Trends, impacts and Opportunities

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African Materials Research Society (AMRS) Newsletter

We are delighted to present the first issue of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS) Newsletter. The issue presents the history of AMRS from its inception at the August 2000 US-Africa Materials workshop right up to the last biennial conference that was held in Gaborone Botswana in December 2017.

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Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research – CBBR (University of Mauritius Pole of Innovation for Health Newsletter)

April 2019
In 2019, CBBR entered its 8th year of existence. Since its inauguration in 2011 in presence of Prof Konrad Morgan, VC of the University at that time and with Prof Dhanjay Jhurry leading, the center has demonstrated sustained progress. CBBR benefitted from funding of the National Research Programme, MRC to build-up its research infrastructure. It has now reached a mature stage of its development where it attracts funding from other sources to drive its research and innovation thrusts.

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Egypt to Chair Upcoming African Union Summit in 2019

Cairo, January 29, AZERTAC
The African Union (AU) announced Sunday that Egypt would head the AU Summit`s upcoming round in 2019, following the closing meeting of African leaders, according to a statement from presidency spokesman Bassam Rady.

Rady said in a statement on the sidelines of the African summit in Addis Ababa that Egypt would thus be a member of the “troika” of the African Commission, which includes the previous, current and upcoming African presidency.

The opening session of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, kicked off on Sunday, with the attendance of the leaders of 55 African member states, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa`s Transformation”.

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Sabelo Mhlanga - Founder and CEO - SabiNano (Pty) Ltd
Sabelo Mhlanga - Founder and CEO - SabiNano (Pty) Ltd

SA Researchers Commercialize Carbon Nanotubes

A South African-based professor and his partners have taken a giant leap to setup a carbon nanomaterials scale-up facility in Johannesburg.  This is the first company to produce carbon nanotubes and related nanostructured materials at commercial scale in SA. The founder and CEO of the company, Professor Sabelo Mhlanga, had a vision to manufacture carbon nanotubes in 2008 during his time as a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Mhlanga and his PhD colleague were inspired by the potential applications of carbon nanotubes, which have been realised today. He was supervised by Professor Neil Coville whom he says contributed immensely to his understanding and knowledge of carbon nanotubes and related materials. It was only in March 2018 that Prof Mhlanga and his team were awarded capital funding by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. This followed a due diligence process which they were subjected to in 2017. The IDC is a shareholder in the company.

About SabiNano

SabiNano (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned company that manufactures and supplies carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other carbon nanomaterials in South Africa (SA). The company also conducts business in research and development (R&D) focusing on product/technology development, as well as consultation in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The company has extensive expertise and professional knowledge in the manufacturing of high quality CNTs and other carbon nanomaterials such as nitrogen-doped CNTs, carbon spheres, graphene oxide, for various applications. The company uses its own local (SA) developed CNT production process that entails using a novel, environmentally friendly and economical process to make carbon nanomaterials….read more

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Meet the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Ange Nzihou

We are delighted to announce that Professor Ange Nzihou has been awarded the Grand Prix 2018 of the Academy of Sciences of France in collaboration with the Institut Mines Telecom. This prestigious distinction is intended to reward a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to one of the following fields through a recognized body of work in the fields of sciences and technologies of the digital transformation in industry; sciences and technologies of energy transition; and environmental engineering. Prof. Nzihou was recognized for his contribution on sciences and technologies of energy transition.

This Prize is awarded without any requirements regarding nationality, to a scientist working in France, or elsewhere in Europe, and whose research has led to the emergence of innovations and disruptive approaches, and contributed to partner-based research with companies. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Nzihou on this highly-deserved acknowledgement of his long-standing contributions.

Professor Nzihou obtained his PhD degree in chemical engineering at the National Polytechnic Institute in Toulouse, France in 1994. His research interests focus on treatment processes and engineering new materials from waste and biomass. He has published about 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and supervised 10 PhD students and 12 post-docs. Since 2001, he has received 20 significant grants from industry and governmental agencies. He is the initiator and the Chairman of the WasteEng Conference Series dedicated to organizing conferences and seminars on Waste and Biomass Valorization (

He has been and is currently visiting/guest professor at a number of universities in the U.S. and in China. He is an editorial board member of several international journals. Professor Nzihou is an expert for several organizations (national and international) and for international industrial groups. He regularly chairs internationals conferences and workshops, and frequently gives plenary lectures, seminars and chair round tables on Waste and Biomass treatment and Valorization at a broad number of institutions, universities and conferences.


Prof. Ange Nzihou
Prof. Ange Nzihou
Prof. Ange Nzihou
Prof. Ange Nzihou