ASNAEM Research Meeting



Marcus Newton (University of Southampton)
ASNAEM-2020 Research Meeting
African Synchrotron Network for Advanced Energy Materials

This is the Zoom version of the ASNAEM-2020 Workshop which was scheduled for  June 10-11, 2020 in Johannesburg Sourh Africa. We postponed that Workshop to the new  ASNAEM-2021 Workshop. To remain connected, we held a subset of our presentations in a smaller online ASNEAM Workshop Friday 10th July between 09:00 and 12:00 (UK) time.

The aim of ASNAEM is to foster the development of skilled synchrotron users in the sub-sahara region and to build lasting partnerships with the respective beneficiaries. This is with the hope that when the first synchrotron facility is built in Africa, there will be a diverse local skilled user community capable and ready to utilse the facility. This project is funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) initiative.

The workshop aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration initiatives focussed on the use of synchrotron x-rays to study advanced energy materials. ASNAEM will enable a diverse local community that is well prepared to utilise the first African Light Source (AfLS). ​

Topics include:
  • Energy materials characterisation
  • Energy device design and fabrication
  • Energy storage
  • Other related synchrotron techniques

Registration and Abstract Registration

Students Welcome
Students are especially welcome and encouraged to attend.

The ASAEM is supported by: the UK GCRF and University of Southampton

For more information on sponsorship, contact the Organising Committee Chair by mail, Marcus C Newton at
    • 10:00 10:15
      Welcome. Introduction to ASNAEM and GCRF 15m
      Speaker: Dr Marcus Newton (University of Southampton)
    • 10:15 10:30
      GCRF START Project 15m
      Speaker: Prof. David Billing (University of the Witwatersrand)
    • 10:30 10:45
      Overview of Energy Materials Research at the University of Nairobi 15m
      Speaker: Prof. Julius Mwabora (University of Nairobi)
    • 10:45 11:00
      Coherent X-ray Imaging of Multi-functional Materials 15m
      Speaker: Dr Marcus Newton (University of Southampton)
    • 11:00 11:14
      Structure-Property Relationships in Energy Materials 14m
      Speaker: Prof. David Billing (University of the Witwatersrand)
    • 11:14 11:29
      Interrogating the effects of ion implantation-induced defects on the energy storage properties of bulk molybdenum disulphide. 15m
      Speaker: Prof. Shunmugam Ramsamy Naidoo (Wits University)
    • 11:29 11:44
      Solar Cell Simulations 15m
      Speaker: Dr Alex Quandt (Wits)
    • 11:44 11:59
      Tea Break 15m
    • 12:00 12:15
      Transparent Conducting Oxide Heterostructures 15m
      Speaker: Dr Prosper Ngabonziza (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research)
    • 12:15 12:30
      Innovation 15m
      Speaker: Mr Brian Masara (SAIP)
    • 12:30 12:45
      African Light Source (AfLS) 15m
      Speaker: Prof. Simon Connell (University of Johannesburg)
    • 12:45 13:15
      Discussion 30m
      Speaker: Dr Marcus Newton (University of Southampton)
    • 13:15 13:30
      Closing Remarks 15m
      Speaker: Dr Marcus Newton (University of Southampton)