Dr. Tesfaye T. Waryo

Senior Researcher-Lecturer, Department of Chemistry,

Senior Researcher - Liaison Lab-Manager, SensorLab-UWC,

University of the Western Cape

Dr T. WARYO received his PhD (Dr. rer. Nat.) in Chemistry from K.F. University of Graz (Austria) in 2006 through the OAED scholarship programme. He has been a member of SensorLab-UWC, an applied electrochemistry research group, since end of 2006, where he served the first two years (2006/2007 – 2008) as a Free Standing NRF postdoctoral fellow; an NRF/DST/UWC grant holder postdoctoral fellow for three years (2009 – 2011); and a full-time employee with a Researcher portfolio under UWC-DVC-Niche research area (special projects) from Jan 2012 – Dec 2018. He was promoted to senior researcher post as of January 2018 with commitments to teaching of modules in MSc nanoscience, honours and undergraduate programmes.

Dr Waryo has attended on the job skills training or courses such as Summer school on spectro-electrochemical techniques; Lab-to-Market: from IP generation and protection to commercialization; and Project management. Through instrument commissioning and training by experts from research equipment suppliers and his various technical and research activities, he has acquired invaluable skills in the operation, troubleshooting, improvisation and management of several advanced analytical chemistry measurement systems and corresponding software, among which are subtractively normalized interfacial FTIR, UV/Vis/NIR absorption and fluorescence spectroelectrochemistry, electrochemical scanning probe microscopy,  small angle x-ray scattering, dc scan and pulse voltammetry, electrochemical ac impedance  spectroscopy, and electrochemical quartz micro-balance. Most recently, he attended higher education teaching-learning skils course such as "Towards professionalization of teaching", Induction workshop on teaching and learning, Concept mapping and CMAP software, e-Portfolio development, and Google forms.

In the research realm, his chemistry and applied chemistry core research topics include Nanoparticle or enzymatically amplified amperometric sensor procedures development for TB disease biomarkers, quantum dot labelled aptasensors for any substance of interest, synthesis of novel substituted kesterites and chalcopyrites for application in photovoltaic cells, application of simple and facilitated ion transfer across the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions for the development of chemicals sensors, photovoltaic cells and semi-permeable membranes, modulation of electrochemical characteristics of conducting polymers as molecular-recognition platforms to generate analytical signals.

In the professional activities aspect, Dr Waryo is a member of the Chemical society of Ethiopia, of the South African Chemical Institute, of the International society of electrochemistry, and affiliate member of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He serves as invited reviewer for the National research foundation of South Africa, and the following electrochemistry journals:  eXPRESS Polymer Letters (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Polymer Engineering: http://www.expresspolymlett.com/), Electrochimica Acta (Elsevier: http://www.elsevier.com/), Electroanalysis; Journal of applied electrochemistry; International journal of environmental analytical chemistry (Tailor & Francis: http://www.tandf.co.uk/); ater SA; (South African Water Research Commission: http://www.wrc.org.za/); Current nanoscience (Bentham science publishers: http://www.benthamscience.com/); ChemComm;(Royal society of chemistry: http://pubs.rsc.org/); Reports in electrochemistry (Dove Press: http://www.dovepress.com/); and, J. Alloys and compounds (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-alloys-and-compounds).