In these tough economic times, Katekani Shingange work will strike a chord with many hard-pressed consumers.
Shingange, a scientist from the University of the Free State, is working on producing gas sensor materials that can assist in the early detection of food spoilage. Her work, once successful, will save many homes much-needed money.
Her work will also cover ways of addressing food poisoning and other contamination-related illnesses.
Shingange, pictured, graduated with a BSc and BSc Honours from the University of Limpopo and an MSc in Physics, cum laude, from the University of the Free State, where she is now enrolled for a PhD in Physics with a focus on material sciences and nanotechnology.
She has published five papers and co-authored four papers in respected journals such as the Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Materials Research Bulletin and Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
She was named the best PhD oral presenter at the Nanoscience Young Researchers Symposium last year, and was nominated to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany in June and July 2019.