October 2, 2015
Fiona Nermark is part of a team that is involved in liquefaction of coal by pyrolysis.She has an MSc in Analytical Chemistry with the thesis comprising Analytical/Physical Chemistry entitled “Bioremediation of copper and lead contaminated soil using Moringa oleifera seeds water extract and physicochemical studies of the seeds pure protein”.
Fiona has worked as a Research Assistant on two projects titled: “Moringa oleifera for health – Investigating the use of the Moringa oleifera tree as a sustainable intervention to address malnutrition, poverty, and safe drinking water and sanitation problems in sub-Saharan Africa – Phase I” and “Binding of protein from Moringa Oleifera seeds to particles – Adsorption and Aggregation.” She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant and Demonstrator at the University of Botswana (UB) in the Chemistry Department supervising and conducting laboratory session with undergraduate students and marking lab reports. Before joining BITRI, she worked at Botswana College of Agriculture in the Department of Animal Science as a Technician in the Animal Nutrition laboratory where her duties included teaching both undergraduate and MSc students livestock feed processing, diet formulation and analysis of nutritional value of animal feeds.
Fiona’s research interests are environmental research with emphasis on development of green methodologies and green technologies for soil and water clean-up; application of neutron reflection technology to study different structures and molecules used in environmental cleanup; application/incorporation of statistics in the design of experiments (Chemo metrics); as well as renewable energy i.e. exploring the use of carbonaceous material and solar energy as alternative sources of energy.