Research Area: CO2 Utilization/Catalysis: Hydrogenation of CO2
Siphelele was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In 2007, she matriculated from Tisand Technical High School and went to pursue her tertiary education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She currently holds a B.Sc degree in Chemistry and Microbiology (2012), a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Chemistry(2013), and a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry (2016). Her master’s degree was obtained with a distinction under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Gregory Smith (University of Cape Town) and Prof. Hendrik G. Visser (University of the Free State). Her research focused on the development of dendritic scaffolds for the synthesis of multinuclear technetium-99m radiolabelled complexes.
Siphelele is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her doctoral research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of rhodium and iridium pincer complexes as potential catalysts for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol and/or formic acid. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, watching fashion TV or Mzansi Magic, and having a braai on a sunny Sunday.