Dr Hanieh Montaseri, who received a PhD from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pretoria in April 2019, was recently awarded a South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Postgraduate Award.
When asked what this award meant to her, Dr Montaseri answered that she felt greatly honoured to have been selected from a community of highly skilled chemists to receive this award for her doctoral research. She added: ‘I view this as a real encouragement and recognition of my hard work and passion for research. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor, Prof Patricia Forbes, for her support and guidance. This award will truly be the fuel that will propel me to achieve more and make significant contributions in my research career.’
Her research on the design, synthesis and application of quantum dot-based fluorescence sensors for the detection of pharmaceuticals and personal care products made a substantial contribution to the development of novel screening methods for the highly selective recognition of these pollutants in South African surface waters at very low concentrations.
Dr Montaseri, who completed her BSc and MSc (cum laude) at the Shiraz University in Iran, is a knowledgeable analytical chemist with experience in various analytical techniques and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg, where she is doing research on the application of nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy of cancer. She is a member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) (2019); the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) and the South African Spectroscopic Society (SASS).