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Feb 29, 2024: “Roadshow on synchrotron science and X-ray imaging techniques in Zimbabwe” by Kudakwashe Jakata

By Christine Marie-Therese Darve posted 01-09-2024 10:59


Let's embark on a roadtrip to pave the road in Zimbabwe with synchrotron science !

Title: Roadshow on synchrotron science and X-ray imaging techniques in Zimbabwe

Thursday February 29, 2024

16:00 CET  (10:00 ET)


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Prof. Kudakwashe Jakata, Diamond Light Source DLSLtd,RAL,SCI, UK 


Kudakwashe Jakata obtained his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa (SA), where he investigated thin films made by ion implantation and by RF magnetron deposition using optical spectroscopy techniques.  He also worked in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the same university as the Computed Tomography Scanner Manager. After this, he then took up a Post-doctoral Researcher position at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). Then, he joined the Diamond Light Source working at the i13-2 Coherence beamline as a Senior Support Scientist.


We report on a visit to five universities in Zimbabwe and had a full day of lectures on synchrotron science and X-ray imaging techniques. This was done as part of the African Light Source initiative to increase the number of Zimbabwean scientists generating research ideas that can be executed at the home laboratories and make use of the available advanced light sources. The main goal was to have current senior undergraduate students and postgraduate students to start considering opportunities at synchrotrons and to increase the skills base and expertise in the country and on the continent. These students are the potential first users of a future African Light Source. The benefits for this are that we will then have students going to advanced light sources which benefits the African and Zimbabwean science community. The lectures were successful with high participation and possibilities for future projects.