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/Dr Fidelis Chigondo
Dr Fidelis Chigondo

Position: Senior Lecturer

Department: Chemical Technology


  • PhD Chemistry (Nelson Mandela University), RSA
  • MSc Chemistry (Tshwane University of Technology), RSA
  • BSc Honours Chemistry (Midlands State University), ZIM
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Midlands State University), ZIM
  • Certificate in Data analysis for Analysts, Scientists and Engineers (Nelson Mandela University), RSA

Research interests: 

  •  Organic synthesis
  •  Continuous flow synthesis
  •  Medicinal chemistry
  •  Environmental remediation
  •  Material chemistry


  • Usai, V., Mugadza, T., Chigondo, F., Shumba, M., Nharingo, T., Moyo, M., and Tshuma, P. (2019). Synthesis and Characterisation of cobalt oxide nanoparticles decorated graphene oxide and its electrocatalytic behaviour. Polyhedron,  157: 192-199
  • Benias C. Nyamunda, Terrence Chivhanga, Upenyu Guyo and Fidelis Chigondo. Removal of Zn (II) and Cu (II) Ions from Industrial  Wastewaters Using Magnetic Biochar Derived from Water Hyacinth. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Journal of Engineering. 2017:1-12
  • Upenyu Guyo, Lycenter Yard Phiri, and Fidelis Chigondo. (2017). Application of Central Composite Design in the Adsorption of Ca(II)  on Metakaolin Zeolite Hindawi Publishing CorporationJournal of Chemistry. 2017: 1-10. 
  • Fidelis Chigondo. (2018). From Metallurgical-Grade to Solar-Grade Silicon: An Overview. Silicon, 10:789–798
  • Fidelis Chigondo, Ben Zeelie and Paul Watts. (2016). Selective Direct Synthesis of Trialkoxysilanes in a Packed Bed Flow Tubular Reactor. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 4(11): 6237-6243.
  •  Fidelis Chigondo and Paul Watts. (2016) Disproportionation of Triethoxysilane over Anion Exchange Resins. Catalysis letters. 146(8): 1445-1448.
  • Upenyu Guyo, Kudakwashe Sibanda, Edith Sebata, Fidelis Chigondo and Mambo Moyo. (2016). Removal of nickel (II) from aqueous solution by Vigna unguiculata (Cowpea) pods biomass. Water Science and Technology. 73(10): 2301-2310.
  • Marko Chigondo and Fidelis Chigondo. (2016). Recent Natural Corrosion Inhibitors for Mild Steel: An Overview. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Journal of Chemistry. 2016: 1-7.
  • Fidelis Chigondo, Benias Chomunorwa Nyamunda, and Vuyo Bhebhe. (2015) Extraction of Water Treatment Coagulant from Locally Abundant Kaolin Clays. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Journal of Chemistry. 2015: 1-7.
  • Moyo, M., Mutare, E., Chigondo, F and Nyamunda. B.C. (2012). Removal of phenol from aqueous solution by adsorption on yeast, saccharomyces cerevisiae. International Journal of Research and Reviews in Applied Sciences, 11(3): 495-503.
  • Benias C. Nyamunda, Mambo Moyo, Chigondo Fidelis. (2012). Catalytic oxidation of cinnamylalcohol to cinnamaldehyde using hydrogen peroxide. Engineering Science and Technology: An International Journal, 2(3): 414-420.
  • Fidelis Chigondo, Edith Sebata, Abisai Maringe, Mambo Moyo and Benias C. Nyamunda. (2013). Equilibrium studies for the removal of nitrates from aqueous solutions using acid treated sunflower seed husk (Helianthus annuus), Midlands State University Journal of                      Science, Agriculture and Technology,4(1): 35-45.
  • M. Moyo, A. Maringe, F. Chigondo, B. C. Nyamunda E. Sebata, M. Shumba. (2012). Adsorptive removal of nitrate ions from aqueous solutions using acid treated sunflower seed husk (Helianthus annuus). International Journal of Advances in Science and Technology,                  5(6): 47-66.
  • Makhosazana P GamedzeRejoice B MasekoFidelis ChigondoComfort M Nkambule. (2012). Serendipitous synthesis of 3-hydroxy tetrahydrofurans from tin catalyzed sulfonylation of acyclic 1,2,4-triols. Tetrahedron letters, 53(44): 5929-5932.
  • Fidelis Chigondo and Tendai Nyambuya. (2013). Biosorption of zinc (II) ions from aqueous solution using msasa tree (Brachystegia spiciformis) leaf powder. Midlands State University Journal of Science, Agriculture and Technology, 4(1): 26-34.
  •  Upenyu Guyo, Mambo Moyo, Benias Nyamunda, Munyaradzi Shumba, Fidelis Chigondo. (2013). Determination of trihalomethanes in raw and treated water supply to a local city in Zimbabwe.  International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology. 2(2): 1-7.
  •  Fidelis Chigondo, Tendai Nyambuya and Marko Chigondo. (2013). Removal of zinc (II) ions from aqueous solution using msasa tree (brachystegia spiciformis) leaf powder: Equilibrium studies. Asian Journal of Scientific Research, 3(2): 140-150.
  • B. C. Nyamunda, F. Chigondo, M. Moyo, U. Guyo, M. Shumba and T. Nharingo. (2013). Hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant for organic reactions. Journal of Atoms and Molecules. 3(1): 23-44.
  • B C Nyamunda, M Moyo and F Chigondo. (2013). Synthesis of fatliquor from waste bovine fat for use in small scale leather industry. Indian Journal of Chemical Technology (20):116-120.
  • M. Chigondo, U. Guyo, M. Shumba, F. Chigondo, B.C. Nyamunda, T. Nharingo, M. Moyo. (2013). Utilisation of Coal Fly Ash Zeolites in the Removal of Copper (II) Ions from an Aqueous Solution. Engineering Science and Technology: An International Journal.
  • U.Guyo, M. Chigondo, M. Shumba, F. Chigondo, B. Nyamunda, M. Moyo, T. Nharingo. (2013). Synthesis and Characterisation of Zeolites  From Coal Fly Ash (CFA). Engineering Science and Technology: An International Journal. 3 (4): 714-718.
  • Fidelis Chigondo, Piwai Shoko, Benias C. Nyamunda, Upenyu Guyo, Mambo Moyo. (2013). Maize Stalk as Reinforcement in Natural Rubber Composites. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research. 2(6): 263-271.
  • M. Shumba, M. Chigondo, U. Guyo, F. Chigondo, M Moyo and T. Nharingo and E. Sebata.  (2011) Synthesis of Zeolites and Their Applications in Heavy Metals Removal: A Review. Engineering Science and Technology: An International Journal.
  • Nharingo. T, Chigondo, F, Nyamunda, B. (2013). Isotherm Study Of The Biosorption Of Cu (II) From Aqueous Solution By Vigna Subterranea (l.) Verdc Hull. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research. 2(4):199-206.
  • E. Sebata, M. Moyo U. Guyo, N. P. Ngano, B. C. Nyamunda, F. Chigondo, V. Chitsa,M. Shumba. (2013). Adsorptive Removal of Atrazine from Aqueous Solution Using Bambara Groundnut Hulls (Vigna Subterranean). International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology. 2(5): 312-321.
  • F. Chigondo, B.C. Nyamunda, S.C. Sithole, L. Gwatidzo. (2013). Removal of lead(II) and copper(II) ions from aqueous solution by baobab (Adononsia digitata) fruit shells biomass. IOSR Journal of Applied Chemistry, 5(1):43-50.
  • Shadreck Mandiana, Fidelis Chigondo, Munyaradzi Shumba, Benias Chomunorwa Nyamunda and Eduth Sebata. (2013). Removal of chromium (VI) from aqueous solution using chemically modified orange (citrus cinensis) peel. IOSR. Journal of Applied Chemistry, 6(2): 66-75.


Fidelis Chigondo and Paul Watts. 2018. Method for the selective synthesis of trialkoxysilanes. WO2017077413, EP 3371197 A1, US 20180327431.

Conferences attended:

Fidelis Chigondo and Evelyn Mariwowo. Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using vangueria.infausta and parinari.curatellifolia leaf extract and evaluation of their antifungal activities. 3rd TCS Conference and FASC Congress 11-15 September 2017, Arusha, Tanzania.Oral presentation.

FidelisChigondo, Tawanda Mugadza, Vincent Usai and Munyaradzi Shumba. Synthesis and characterization of graphene oxide and cobalt oxide nanoparticles composite and its use in the electrocatalysis of 2,4-dichlorophenol. EAI International Conference for Research, Innovation and
Development for Africa (ACRID). 20-21 June 2017. Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe. Oral Presentation.

Fidelis Chigondo and Comfort M. Nkambule. Frank Warren Conference, University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, January 2010. Competitive and selective derivatization of 1,2-diols in a matrix of alcohols. Poster presentation.

Fidelis Chigondo. Equilibrium studies for the removal of nitrates from aqueous solutions using acid treated sunflower seed husk (Helianthus
annuus)”. IV SEANAC International conference “Analytical chemistry for the environment, health and water”. Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center, Maputo, Mozambique. 07-11 July 2012. Oral presentation.

Fidelis Chigondo, Paul Watts and Ben Zeelie. Semi-continuous flow process for the selective direct synthesis of trialkoxysilanes. 5th IUPAC
International Conference on Green Chemistry, Durban (South Africa), 17-21 August 2014. Oral presentation.

Fidelis Chigondo, Paul Watts and Ben Zeelie. Selective synthesis of trialkoxysilanes in a semi-continuous flow reactor. American Chemical Society, Green Chemistry Institute. 19th Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, North Bethesda, Maryland (United States of America), 14-16 July 2015. Poster Presentation.

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