Mildred AiroCountry of origin: Kenya Currently in: South Africa, Johannesburg General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
PhD Fellowship Alumna
Degrees2017 Doctorate Chemical Sciences2011 Undergraduate Chemical Sciences
Current Research Activities
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the school of chemistry, university of the Witwatersrand. More specifically, I am a material scientist whose research entails the search for semiconductor metal chalcogenides nanomaterials.that can be used to fabricate devices for renewable energy production (including photovoltaics and water splitting); and sensors for environmental monitoring.
Publications resulting from Research:
• N. Moloto, M.J. Moloto, M.Kalenga, S. Govindraju, M. Airo. “Synthesis and characterization of MnS and MnSe nanoparticles: morphology, optical and magnetic properties.” J. of Optical Materials. 2014. (Impact factor: 2.075)
• Mubiayi P. Kalenga, Stefan Govindraju, Mildred Airo, Makwena J. Moloto, Lucky M. Sikhwivhilu, and Nosipho Moloto. “Fabrication of a schottky device using CuSe nanoparticles: colloidal versus microwave digestive synthesis.” J. of Nanoscience and nanotechnology. 2014. (Impact factor: 1.339)
• Mildred A.Airo, Siziwe Gqoba, Mubiayi P. Kalenga Stefan Govindraju, Makwena J. Moloto, Nosipho Moloto. “Synthesis and characterization of indium monoselenide nanoparticles: a proposed pseudo top-down mechanism.” J. of crystal growth. 2014 (Impact factor: 1.693)
• Govindraj S., Kalenga, M. P., Airo M., Moloto M.J.; Sikhwivhilu, L. M.; Moloto N. “Size quantization in Cu2Se nanocrystals.” J. of Optical materials. 2014. (Impact factor: 2.075).
• Francis Otieno, Mildred Awuor Airo, Kamalakannan Ranganathan, Daniel Wamwangi, Annealed silver islands for enhanced optical absorption in organic solar cells, Thin film solids, 2015. (Impact factor: 1.867)
• Mildred A. Airo, Rafael Rodrigues, Siziwe Gqoba, N. Ntholeng, Francis Otieno, Makwena J. Moloto, Márcia W. C. C. Greenshields, Ivo A. Hümmelgen, Nosipho Moloto, “colloidal inse nanostructures: effect of morphology on their chemical sensitivity to methanol and formaldehyde fumes,” Sensors and actuators B, 2016. (Impact factor 3.8).
• Otieno F, Mutuma B, Kamalakannan R, Airo M, Rudolph E, Neil C, Wamwangi D, “enhancement of organic photovoltaic device performance via P3HT:PCBM solution heat treatment. Thin solids film, 2017. (Impact factor: 1.867)
• Mildred A. Airo, Siziwe Gqoba, Francis Otieno, Makwena J. Moloto, Nosipho Moloto, “Structural modification and band-gap crossover in indium selenide nanosheets, RSC advances, (2016). (Impact factor: 3.8).
• N. Ntholeng, B. Mojela, S. Gqoba, M. Airo, S. Govindraju, M. J. Moloto, J. Van Wyk and N. Moloto, “Colloidal synthesis of pure CuInTe2 crystallites based on the HSAB theory,” RSC New J. Chem, 2016. (impact factor, 3.2)
• Rudo K. Sithole, Lerato F.E. Machogo, Mildred A. Airo, Siziwe S. Gqoba, Makwena J. Moloto, Juanita Van Wyk and Nosipho Moloto, “Synthesis and characterization of Cu3N nanoparticles using pyrrole-2-carbaldpropyliminato Cu(II) complex and Cu(NO3)2 as single-source precursors: the search for an ideal precursor,” RSC New J. Chem, 2018. (impact factor, 3.2)
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchA postdoctoral fellow at the school of chemistry, university of the Witwatersrand. My research entails the search for semiconductor metal chalcogenides that can be used to fabricate devices for renewable energy production (including photovoltaics and water splitting); and sensors for environmental monitoring.
AffiliationsSouth Africa chemical institute (SACI)Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting
TWAS AwardsSep 2017OtherThe TWAS-DFG cooperation visit programme for scientist from sub-Saharan Africa was awarded to me to visit Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany for 3 months to conduct part of my research during my postdoctoral fellowship.
Fellowship with OWSD
Fellowship with OWSD
Fellowship awarded 2011
PHD Graduation 2017