Dr Mfiso Mngomezulu

Short CV

Dr Mfiso E. Mngomezulu                              


Department of Chemistry

Office No: 2 (R9816)

Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Qwa-Qwa Campus)

Phuthaditjhaba 9866

Tel. +27(0)58-718 5135

Fax. +27(0)58-718 5444



1.         Professional Background

Mfiso completed his BSc degree (Chemistry) at University of the North (Qwa-Qwa Campus) and obtained his BSc honours (Polymer Chemistry) and MSc at University of Free State. His MSc degree titled “Phase change materials based on polyethylene, paraffin wax and wood flour” was obtained with distinction under the supervision of Prof AS Luyt and Dr Igor Krupa (Polymer Institute, Slovak Republic). He holds a PhD in Polymer Sciences with the topic “Flammability studies on biopolymers and their blends” from University of Free State under the supervision of Dr Maya J John (CSIR), Prof Adriaan S Luyt (Qatar) and Dr Valencia N Jacobs (CSIR). The PhD studies were hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape under the Professional Development Program (PDP) by National Research Fund (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST). During PhD studies he obtained the best student poster 2nd prize in an international conference Fire Retardant Technologies 2014 held in University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK (presented by Mr Steve A Chapple from CSIR on my behalf). He worked as the i) tutor/mentor in Physics and Chemistry for undergraduate students (2005/6), ii) research assistant (2008/9) and iii) Officer, Professional Services in the Chemistry laboratories of the University of Free State (2005 – 2012). He also worked as an educator at Lerao-Uthando Comprehensive School, teaching Physical Sciences (under the Dinaledi post (2016 – 2017), and at Phofung Secondary School where he taught Mathematical Literacy (2016) employed by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Free State province.

Mfiso obtained certificates in postgraduate supervision, planning and writing a research proposal, the literature review and scientific writing as well as in Labour law. Mfiso is currently serving as the board member of Advances in Chemistry and Biochemistry journal under Ocimum Scientific Publishers (OSP) based at Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, Australia.


Publications (Short List)

  • ME Mngomezulu, AS Luyt, I Krupa. (2010) Structure and Properties of Phase Change Materials Based on HDPE, Soft Fischer-Tropsch Paraffin Wax, and Wood Flour. Journal of Applied Polymer Science; 118, 1541–1551. DOI: 10.1002/app.32521.
  • ME Mngomezulu, AS Luyt, I Krupa. (2011) Structure and Properties of Phase Change Materials Based on HDPE, Hard Fischer-Tropsch Paraffin Wax, and Wood Flour. Polymer Composites; 32, 1155–1163. DOI: 10.1002/pc.21134.
  • ME Mngomezulu, MJ John, V Jacobs, AS Luyt. (2014) Review on flammability of biofibres and biocomposites. Carbohydrate Polymers, 111, 149–182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.03.071
  • Motaung E Tshwafo, Mngomezulu E Mfiso and Hato J Mpitloane. (2016) Effects of alkali treatment on the poly(furfuryl) alcohol-flax fibre composites. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials; 1-13. DOI: 10.1177/0892705716679478
  • ME Mngomezulu and MJ John. (2017) Thermoset-cellulose nanocomposites; Flammability characteristics; Chapter 7, In Handbook of Thermoset-Cellulose Nanocomposites. Wiley-VCH. pp 235-272. Published Online: 3 MAR 2017. DOI: 10.1002/9783527689972.ch7.
  • Mngomezulu, Mfiso Emmanuel; Luyt, Adriaan Stephanus; Chapple, Steve Anthony; John, Maya Jacob. Effect of expandable graphite on thermal and flammability properties of poly(lactic acid-starch)/poly-e-caprolactone blend systems. Polymer Engineering and Science. DOI:10.1002/pen.24751. 
  • Mngomezulu, Mfiso Emmanuel; Luyt, Adriaan Stephanus; John, Maya Jacob. Morphology, thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid/expandable graphite (PLA/EG) flame retardant composites. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials. DOI: 10.1177/0892705717744830.
  • Mfiso E. Mngomezulu, Adriaan S. Luyt, Steve A. Chapple and Maya J. John. (2018) Poly(lactic acid)-starch/expandable graphite (PLA-starch/EG) flame retardant composites. Journal of Renewable Materials; 6(1), 26 – 37(12).  DOI: 10.7569/JRM.2017.634140.
  • Mfiso Emmanuel Mngomezulu, Adriaan Stephanus Luyt and Maya Jacob John. Morphology, thermal and dynamic mechanical characteristics of fire resistant poly(lactic acid-starch)/poly(e-caprolactone)/expandable graphite (PLA/PCL/EG) composites. (Paper to be submitted in September 2019).

Area(s) of Interest

  • Flammability studies of polymeric materials 
  • Flame retardants that are environment friendly and bio-based
  • Phase change materials and energy storage
  • Biodegradable polymer blends and nanocomposites
  • Natural fibre reinforced polymer composites

Courses Presented

  • Polymer Characterization I (Polymer solutions and Spectroscopy)
  • Polymer Characterization II (Thermal, visco-elastic and mechanical properties)
  • Polymer Blends, Composites and Nanocomposites 
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Community Service

Engaged with local high schools for Physical Sciences extra classes, experiments and tutorials.


Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531


Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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