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Green Chemistry graduate becomes Vice Chancellor

Posted on 9 March 2018

Professor Egid Mubofu, who obtained his PhD in the Green Chemistry Group here at The University of York, has become Vice Chancellor at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.

Prof. Egid Beatus Mubofu received his BSc. (Ed.) from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1992, after which he spent a year working for Unilever (TZ) as a factory management trainee at Kibwele Factory. Between 1994 and 1997, he pursued his MSc (Chem.) programme at the University of Dar es Salaam. In October 1997, he joined the University of York and received his PhD in Chemistry in June 2001, supervised by Prof. James Clark and Dr Duncan Macquarrie.

After leaving York, Professor Mubofu joined the Chemistry Department at University of Dar es Salaam as a Lecturer in 2003, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008 and served as Head of the Chemistry Department, at the University of Dar es Salaam.  He is now an Associate Professor and serves as the Director General of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS). 

Prof. Mubofu’s research interests are on green chemistry, nanomaterials and catalysis using environmentally friendly, locally available reagents and surfactants.  Since 2005, he has supervised over 22 postgraduate students, has well over 50 publications in high impact scientific journals and 5 book chapters.

Professor Mubofu has now been appointed Vice Chancellor of University of Dodoma, a public university established in 2007, located in central Tanzania in the country’s capital city, Dodoma.  Under Prof. Mubofu’s leadership, The University of Dodoma will continue its major expansion, and when complete, the ambition is for the university to enroll 50,000 students, making it the largest university in Tanzania.

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence where Dr Mubofu carried out his PhD here in York is an internationally-leading academic facility for pioneering pure and applied green and sustainable chemical research through its technology platforms on microwave chemistry, alternative solvents, clean synthesis and bio-based mesoporous materials, with a strong emphasis on waste valorisation and clean technologies