Partnering Institutions

      Following long time partnerships (research collaborations and joint supervision of postgraduate students) amongst materials science and engineering researchers at the fours ISNNAM pioneering partnering institutions, namely the University of Johannesburg South Africa, Tshwane University of Science and Technology Pretoria, South Africa, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, and the successful hosting of the 2020 International Symposium on Nanostructured and Advanced Materials (ISNNAM 2020) in August 2020, the International Scientific Network on Nanostructured and Advanced Materials was established. Our Network promotes international research visit amongst collaborating members, bench work opportunities for research students and encourages joint supervision of postgraduate students. During research visits, researchers share research experience through lectures, workshops and seminars. We periodically facilitate virtual seminars.

      ISNNAM’s administrative office is located that Centre for Nanomechanics and Tribocorrosion at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

      University of Johannesburg, South Africa

      The Centre for Nanomechanics and Tribocorrosion (CNT) at UJ is an International Research Centre for knowledge and skill interchange in the field of advanced materials development and conformity studies. The Centre focuses on skill training, capacity building and research opportunities for postgraduate students, scientists and engineers, in the emerging areas of advanced materials, nanomechanics and tribocorrosion techniques. The Centre facilitates knowledge transfer between academia and industry/business through dissemination, promotion and commercialisation of innovations and inventions as well as offering consultancy services and advice in technology development and solving complex industrial problems. The Centre has well-resourced laboratories that are fully equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities including Nanoindentation system, High-Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS/EBSD and multistage materials testing systems, tribological and tribocorrosion testing systems, electrochemical corrosion measurement systems, micro and macro hardness testers, and micro-tensile testing system. For more information about the centre, visit https://www.uj.ac.za. The details of some of the ISNNAM members affiliated to the centre are listed below.

      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

        Prof.Peter Apata Olubambi


      • Professor Eugene Olevsky

        Dr. Samuel Olukayode Akinwamide


      • Professor Claude Estournes

        Dr. Avwerosuoghene Moses Okoro


      Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana

      The department of Materials Engineering at KNUST runs two undergraduate programmes (BSc Materials Engineering and BSc Metallurgical Engineering) and three Postgraduate programmes (MPhil Materials Engineering, MPhil Environmental Resources Management, and PhD Materials Engineering). The programmes are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of developing new materials and/or improving on existing materials with improved performance for diverse applications such as in nanotechnology, aerospace, energy systems, electronics, mining, and medicine while understanding the environmental issues related to processing of these materials. Students are trained to utilize their knowledge in physics and chemistry to explore and understand the interplay among processing, structure and properties in metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. The department has four research groups, namely, electrochemistry and energy materials, functional materials, process metallurgy, and materials modeling and simulations. For more information, visit https://mateng.knust.edu.gh/.
      The academic profile of ISNNAM members in this institution are:

      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

        Prof. Anthony Andrews


      • Professor Eugene Olevsky

        Dr. K. Mensah-Darkwa


      Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

      The participating members from TUT are currently under the Institute for Nanoengineering Research, Department of Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. They specialize on the fabrication of heavy and lightweight metals using spark plasma sintering technique. 

      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray



      Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

      The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, runs undergraduate programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. It also offers at Postgraduate level three programmes: Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The M.Eng and PhD programmes offer prospective candidates opportunities for research specializations in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Corrosion and Surface Engineering, Physical Metallurgy, Mechanical/ Production Metallurgy, Nanotechnology, Polymer Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, and Advanced Materials. The programmes are tailored to impart on the students: cognitive, analytical, innovative and technical skills required to fit into academia, industry, research and technology development, and as potential Entrepreneurs. The Department has flourishing collaborations with leading institutes, industries, and centres of Research Excellence, where resource sharing is harnessed for practical problem-solving researches of intra and multidisciplinary nature. The Department has a number of active research groups with research focus that cuts across the various areas of interest of the Department. For more information, visit https://mme.futa.edu.ng/. 
      The academic profile of some ISNNAM members in this institution are:

      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

        Prof. Kenneth K. Alaneme


      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

        Dr. Michael O. Bodunrin


      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

        Dr. Samuel R. Oke


      • Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

        Dr. Mrs. O. Ola-Omole