Sabelo Mhlanga


Sabelo Mhlanga

Sabelo Mhlanga is the Founder and CEO of SabiNano (Pty) Ltd since 1 June 2018. SabiNano a nanotech-based company focussing on manufacturing of carbon-based nanomaterials for research and industrial applications, which he founded in 2008 with a partner. He holds a PhD in Chemistry with focus on carbon nanomaterials from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits, 2006) and a certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation (Wits, 2010) amongst other qualifications. He spent many years working as a university lecturer and researcher from 2010 (Wits) until he was appointed a full Professor (2015, UNISA) during which he occupied several positions as a Director/Deputy Director of various portfolios. He has published over 90 peer reviewed research outputs including papers, reviews, book chapters, technical reports, and conference proceedings. He has trained and supervised masters (15), doctoral (6) and post-doctoral (6) fellows with a focus area of nanotechnology and the water-energy-food nexus, who have graduated or completed their research since 2010. Prof Mhlanga was appointed the National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Commission Horizon 2020 Nanotechnology Programmes in South Africa in August 2016 and became assistant in November 2018. He is the CEO/Managing Director of SabiNano responsible for setting-up the company from being a start-up to becoming a full-scale commercial company. He oversees the day-to-day activities of the company at its head-office and manufacturing facility in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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