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SANi Background

SANi was initiated through the initiative of some members of the science community with an interest in nanotechnology. The call for participation and promise of support, by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in the European Community Framework Programme 6 offered the opportunity for the first meeting of interested parties, called by Dr Malik Maaza and Dr Phil Mjwara, on 14 May 2002 at the University of the Witwatersrand. From this day SANi has evolved into an initiative that spans South Africa. An interim committee organised a one day workshop which was held on 25 October 2002. At this workshop a committee was voted that will take SANi to the next stage.

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Technical Projects Currently running

• Synthesis of nanoparticles
• Development of better and cheaper solar cells
• Nanophase catalysts and electro-catalysts
• Fuel cell development
• Synthesis of Quantum dots
• Composites development
• Atomic Modeling
• Expanding our SA advantage in hardening techniques
• Synthesis of nanotubes

International Cooperation

SANi is a well organised network of academics, researchers and engineers from universities, the private sector and research councils with the common goal of involving South Africa in the emerging field of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience.

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  • SANi Key People
  • Membership
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Title Name Surname Activity Email
Prof. Martin Ntwaeaborwa President
Dr. Harris Richard Secretary
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Membership is open to any person interested in the objectives of SANi.

Membership is subject to the disclosure of basic information by the applicant. This basic information shall include: Name, e-mail address, contact details and area of specialization / interest in nanotechnology. Registration for membership may be done by downloading the Membership Application Form and emailing it to the SANi secretariat:

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 Contact Details |

Martin Ntwaeaborwa
Nosipho Moloto
Sabelo Mhlanga

Other Activities

• Awareness generation at all levels
• Database and web page maintenance
• Assessment of the impact of nanotechnology Participation in EC, Sixth Framework Program


SANi is managed by a committee elected at its annual general meeting. The portfolios in the committee are: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, International affairs, Research.

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