Episode 64: What is Chemistry to you? - Discussions with Sandile Mtetwa

Episode Description

In this episode Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham welcomes you back to Monday Science after our January 2020 catch up month!

She introduces the new episode format and interviews Sandile Mtetwa, a 3rd year PhD Research at the University of Cambridge (bio. here) as part of our Royal Society of Chemistry funded project aimed at opening up conversations about diversity in chemical sciences and engaging the public with chemistry using creative approaches.

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Biography - Sandile Mtetwa

Sandile Mtetwa is currently a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the department of Chemistry.


She is working on charge carrying metal-organic frameworks to investigate their potential applications in hydrogen evolution via photocatalytic water-splitting.


Her motivation for this work lies in providing clean energy resources for multitudes of impoverished communities in Africa.


Sandile is a also the Chair of Africans in STEM, an initiative founded at the University of Cambridge that aims to profile Black STEM excellence in the UK and beyond. Africans in STEM hosts a annual symposium where researchers of African or Caribbean heritage present their work, network and potentially find avenues for collaboration. The initiative also hosts other projects throughout the year related to showcasing Black talent in STEM.


Sandile also has a passion in women empowerment and as such leads a community Trust in Zimbabwe called Simuka-Arise Initiative. The Trust aims to empower women socially, academically and economically so that young women and girls are better equipped to make sound choices over their lives.


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