Department of Chemistry – Faculty of Science and Agriculture
SARCHi Chair of Nanotechnology and Professor of Chemistry, Prof Revaprasadu holds a BSc Honours from University of Natal and joined UNIZULU as a Senior Laboratory Assistant in 1996. In 1997 he was granted an NRF/Royal Society (UK) scholarship to complete his PhD in the area of nanomaterials synthesis at Imperial College, London. In 2000 he completed his PhD, upon his return to UNIZULU he established a research group with a focus on the synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles using facile non-organametallic routes. In 2007, he was awarded the SARCHi Chair in Nanotechnology.
Prof Revaprasadu has done extensive work on the synthesis of CdS, CdSe, CdTe, PbS PbSe and PbTe nanoparticles using a new route two step hybrid high temperature solution based route developed in his group. He has also as developed a novel route to water soluble selenium and tellurium based nanomaterials. This route has led to work on the toxicity and study of nanomaterials in biological systems. His current research involves materials for solar cell and drug delivery applications.
Prof Revaprasadu has published 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at more than 40 international conferences. His publications have been cited more than 1200 times and he has an H-index of 17.