Strengthening Capacity for Analytical Chemists in Africa

Prof. Thiong’o (right) awards a certificate of completion to Ghanaian Trainee Jonas Bayuo

Researchers in Analytical Chemistry drawn from nine (9) African countries have completed the annual hands-on training at JKUAT on analytical techniques Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). The techniques are used to separate and identify chemical compounds in molecular samples.

This year’s training which was conducted between April 24-28, 2023, drew participants from Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania, South Sudan and Nigeria

The annual training sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry, Pan-Africa Chemistry Network (RSC) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) aims to help the researchers refine their skills in order to tackle a wide range of scientific challenges while also building a vast network of scientific knowledge base in Africa.

Sandra Naluyima a trainee from Makerere University, Uganda was elated by the training, explaining that practical training creates a better understanding of theoretical perspective.

She plans to share the knowledge with her students at Makerere University.

“I am going back to teach and mentor students who have a keen interest in analytical chemistry. I also plan to utilize my networks from this training to further expand my knowledge,” said Ms. Naluyima.

Another trainee, Jonas Bayuo from Ghana revealed that the training couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I am currently pursuing research in agro-waste management and this training will aid my specialized research in pharmaceuticals,” said Mr. Bayuo.

Lead Trainer Prof. Anthony Gachanja (second left) and Dr, Elijah Ngumba both of JKUAT showcase the new analysis equipment to Dr. Palermo (right) and Dr. Shore

Speaking during the closing ceremony Friday, April 28, 2023, the Principal of the College of Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. George Thiong’o congratulated the participants for successfully completing the training.

Prof. Thiong’o stated that JKUAT is focused on providing quality training to align with the sustainable development goals.

He encouraged the researchers to continue working together and remain open minded to new ideas in a bid to foster international development and cohesion.

The Head of RSC Global Inclusion of International Groups, Dr. Alejandra Palermo and PACN Programme Manager Dr. Andrew Shore who graced the closing ceremony also used the opportunity to tour the University’s training facilities and interact with trainees.

The training came shortly after the Recycling Organisation for Research Opportunities with the support of RSC donated an advanced Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) equipment worth Ksh. 60,000,000 to aid further research in the University. JKUAT becomes only the second institution in Kenya to acquire the equipment.

Training participants in a commemorative photo

 

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