MSU’s Faculty of Science and Technology held an enlightening research seminar on the 1st of February 2024 at Main Campus, Gweru.

The event, which showcased the faculty’s latest research and innovations, brought together academics, professionals and students alike.

Dr. A. Nechibvute, the Executive Dean of the Faculty, commenced the seminar with an insightful overview of the innovations taking place within the faculty.

He emphasised on the importance of pushing the boundaries of knowledge and leveraging innovation to

address societal challenges.

“Our faculty is committed to driving scientific discovery and technological advancement that will shape

our future,” stated Dr. Nechibvute.

Following Dr. Nechibvute’s remarks, Pro-Vice Chancellor-Research, Innovation and Industrialisation, Professor G. Mugumbate delivered a captivating keynote address.

Professor Mugumbate underlined the significance of research in academia and its role in shaping university reputation.

“Research seminar series such as this are a fertile breeding ground for innovations and breakthrough ideas.

“For this reason, as Midlands State University, we would like to applaud this initiative,” she remarked.

The highlight of the seminar was a presentation by the Guest Speaker, Professor Lars Ohrstrom, a distinguished Professor in Inorganic Chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden who is collaborating with an MSU Researcher Professor G. Mehlana in the synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks and their applications.

His topic, “Crystals-from science to engineering,” captivated the audience where he demonstrated how crystals have become indispensable in various scientific and engineering fields.

“Crystals have the potential to revolutinise many aspects of our lives.

“Understanding their properties and harnessing their potential is crucial for future advancements,” Professor Ohrstrom said.

The presentation was followed by an engaging question and answer session during which participants had the opportunity to seek clarification fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas.

As the seminar drew to a close, the Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs and Administration, Professor Maphosa gave a vote of thanks where he highlighted the importance of such events in fostering academic collaboration and intellectual growth.

The seminar left a lasting impression on the attendees, inspiring them to explore new frontiers of scientific inquiry.

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