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Zipporah Wanjiku Muthui

Country of origin: Kenya Currently in: Kenya, Chuka General field of specialization: Physics
PhD Fellowship Alumna
Academic Background


2017 Doctorate Physics
2010 Master Physics
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities


Electronic structure determination of spintronic and photocatalytic materials. Mechanical properties of materials.

Publications resulting from Research: 

Zipporah Wanjiku, Asli Çakır, Franziscah Scheibel, Ulf Wiedwald, Michael Farle and Mehmet
Acet. (2019). "Shell-ferromagnetism and decomposition in off-stoichiometric Ni50Mn50–xSbx Heuslers" . Journal of Applied Physics. 125. (2019) 043902-1-8

Zipporah W. Muthui, Robinson Musembi, Julius Mwabora and Arti Kashyap. (2017). Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Mn2VIn (001) films: An ab initio study . AIP Advances.

Zipporah W. Muthui, Robinson Musembi, Julius Mwabora, Ralph Skomski and Arti Kashyap. (2017). Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of the Heusler Alloy Mn₂VIn: A Combined DFT and Experimental Study. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.

Zipporah W. Muthui, Robinson Musembi, Julius Mwabora and Arti Kashyap (2017). Perpendicular Magnetic anisotropy in nearly fully compensated Ferrimagnetic Heusler alloy Co1.75Mn0.25VIn: An ab initio study. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.

Zipporah W. Muthui, Rohit Pathak, Robinson Musembi, Julius Mwabora, Ralph Skomski and Arti Kashyap. (2017). First-Principle investigation of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Co2VIn and CoVIn Heusler compounds. AIP Advances.

Cecilia A. Nyamwandha, Angeline Kasina, Zipporah W. Muthui, Emily Awuor, and Paul Baki. (2015). The role of academia and industry in nurturing women in physics in Kenya by , AIP Conf. Proc. 1697, 060027

Z. W. Muthui, Kamweru P. K., Nderitu F. G., Hussein S. A. Golicha., Ngumbu R. and Njoroge G. Ndegwa. (2015). PLA Viscoelastic properties and Their Degradation Compared With Those of Polyethylene. International Journal of Physical Sciences ,

Muthui Z. W., Nderitu F. G., Hussein S. A. Golicha., Kamweru P. K., Ngumbu R (2014). Determination of the Glass Transition Temperature and modulus of PLA films using dynamic mechanical analysis at 50 degrees celcius and amplitude of 10 micrometers Asian Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences.3 .(1).

Muthui Z. W., Nderitu F. G., Ngumbu R.,Kamweru P. K. (2013). Determination of the density and damping properties of polyethylene (PE) and Polylactic acid (PLA)
films using DMA . 2 (8). Pp 235 – 246. International Journal of innovative research and studies.

P. Kuria Kamweru, F. Gichuki Ndiritu, T. kinyanjui, Z. Wanjiku Muthui, R. Gichuki Ngumbu and P. Migunde Odhiambo. (2014). UV Absorption and dynamic mechanical analysis of polyethylene films. International Journal of Physical Sciences. 9. (24).

P. K. Kamweru, F.G. Ndiritu, T.K. Kinyanjui, Z.W. Muthui, R.G. Ngumbu and P. M. Odhiambo. (2011). Study of Humidity and UV wavelength effects on degradation of photo irradiated polyethylene films using DMA. Journal of Macromolecular Science Part B.2011. DOI 10.1080/00222348.2011.610214

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Involved in teaching a variety of Physics courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The postgraduate students engage in research, for which they have to write a thesis under my supervision. I am also involved in my own individual research. I am currently the co-ordinator of the Physics section at Chuka University and therefore involved in administrative duties.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2018 Addis ababa, Ethiopia African School on Electronic Structure Methods (ASESMA)
2018 icipe, Nairobi, Kenya. OWSD Africa regional conference
2018 University of Nairobi, Kenya. Materials Science and Solar Energy Network for Eastern and Southern Africa (MSSESA) conference on Material Science
2018 Nanyuki, Kenya Humboldt Kollege
2017 Pittsburgh, USA. Magnetism ad Magnetic Materials (MMM)
2016 Louisiana, USA. Magnetism ad Magnetic Materials (MMM)
2016 Kuwait OWSD International Conference and AGM
2016 Online Author Aid, Research writing Course
2015 Chuka, Kenya. 2nd Chuka University International Research Conference
2015 University of Nairobi, Kenya Research and Grant proposal writing
2015 Chuka University, Kenya ISO Implementer's and Auditor’s Training Workshop

Presentation given

Use of Referencing Software in Research Writing
icipe, Nairobi, Kenya
Event: OWSD Kenya National Workshop
Computational Materials Science: Opportunities and Possibilities
Chuka University, Kenya
Event: Chuka University Career and Research Week
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Dec 2014
OWSD PhD Scholarship
A PhD scholarship for a sandwich programme between The University of Nairobi and Indian Institute of Technology - Mandi.
May 2017
DAAD Scholarship - Short stay in Germany
A PhD research scholarship for a short stay at the University of Duisburg Ag Farle Laboratory in Germany, to complete the experimental part of my PhD research.
Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship with OWSD

Fellowship awarded 2014

PHD Graduation 2017

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