Research Area: Biorefinery/Catalysis: Conversion of Biomass and Biomass-derived intermediates
Asanda Matsheku is from Mdantsane in East London, EC. She completed her matric in 2007 at Phaphani Seniour High School, Uitenhage. She then obtained her BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, in 2015. She has worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr BCE. Makhubela in continuation of her honours research project. During this period, she worked on “Acridine-containing RuII, OsII, RhIII and IrIII Half-Sandwich Complexes: Synthesis, Structure and Antiproliferative Activity” where she managed to generate a large volume of publishable scientific results with great potential impact to the discovery of drugs for the treatment of cancer. She then joined the University of Johannesburg in 2016 to do her MSc in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr BCE. Makhubela (upon her departure from UCT). Her current research focuses on “Synthesis and characterization of mono and bimetallic complexes and their application as hydrogenation pre-catalysts". In her free time, when Asanda is not busy engaging in social views, she is playing board games and or organising social events/getaways.