Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit

Prof TAM Msagati

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability (NanoWS) Reserach Unit
Tel: 011 670 9482


  • PhD, Analytical Chemistry, (University of Botswana, Gaborone Botswana, 2005)

NRF Rating


Currently teaching

  • Analytical and environmental chemistry
  • Analytical Toxicology and risk assessment
  • Food and natural product chemistry
  • Biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Material science

Fields of academic interests

  • Contaminants of Emerging Concenrns
  • Advanced Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry
  • Sample Preparation Techniques
  • Modelling and Toxicology

Field of Specialisation

  • Analytical and environmental chemistry
  • Analytical Toxicology and risk assessment
  • Food and natural product chemistry
  • Biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Material science


  • Titus A. M. Msagati: The Chemistry of Food Additives and Preservatives, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012: ISBN 1118274148, 9781118274149.
  •  Titus A.M. Msagati: Food Forensics and Toxicology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018 – ISBN 9781119101413



  • Patricia L Mathivha, Titus AM Msagati, Vuyisile S Thibane, Fhatuwani N Mudau (2020). Phytochemical Analysis of Herbal Teas and Their Potential Health, and Food Safety Benefits: A Review, Herbal Medicine in India, 281-301.
  • Samson O Akpotu, Ekemena O Oseghe, Olushola S Ayanda, Adam A Skelton, Titus AM Msagati, Augustine E Ofomaja. Photocatalysis and biodegradation of pharmaceuticals in wastewater: effect of abiotic and biotic factors, In Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Pages 1-21: Publisher - Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Journal articles

  • DP Masemola, EN Nxumalo, H Nyoni, TTI Nkambule, BB Mamba, TAM Msagati (2020). The occurrence and exposure risk assessment of psychoactive drug residues and metabolites in aquatic environment, Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis, 178, 112944


  • Hailemariam Abrha Assress, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Bhekie B Mamba, Titus AM Msagati, (2020). Occurrence and risk assessment of azole antifungal drugs in water and wastewater, Ecotoxicology and environmental safety,


  • S Daizy P Masemola, Potlako J Mafa, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Bhekie B Mamba, Titus AM Msagati, (2020). Gold nanoparticles modified exfoliated graphite electrode as electrochemical sensor in the determination of psychoactive drug, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, 1-7.


  • A Oulebsir, T Chaabane, S Zaidi, K Omine, V Alonzo, A Darchen, TAM Msagati, V Sivasankar (2020). Preparation of mesoporous alumina electro-generated by electrocoagulation in NaCl electrolyte and application in fluoride removal with consistent regenerations, Arabian Journal of Chemistry,


  • Richard Oruko Ongon’g, Joshua N Edokpayi, Titus AM Msagati, Nikita T Tavengwa, Grace N Ijoma, John O Odiyo (2020). The Potential Health Risk Associated with Edible Vegetables Grown on Cr (VI) Polluted Soils, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,



  • Ramganesh Selvarajan, Timothy Sibanda, Siddarthan Venkatachalam, Henry JO Ogola, Chinedu Christopher Obieze, Titus A Msagati (2019). Distribution, interaction and Functional Profiles of Epiphytic Bacterial Communities from the Rocky Intertidal Seaweeds, South Africa, Scientific Reports, 1, 9, 1-13


  • Dennis S. MkhizeDennis S. Mkhize; Hlengilizwe NyoniHlengilizwe Nyoni; Bhekie B. MambaBhekie B. Mamba; Titus A. M. Msagati. Calibration and field application of a molecularly imprinted membrane-passive sampler for the sampling of indicator polychlorinated biphenyls in selected aquatic environments of South Africa. Water Sci Technol (2019) 79 (5): 808-819.



  • Bongekile R. Vilakati; Venkataraman Sivasankar; Edward N. Nxumalo; Bhekie B. Mamba; Kiyoshi Omine; Titus A. M. Msagati. Fluoride removal studies using virgin and Ti (IV)-modified Musa paradisiaca (plantain pseudo-stem) carbons. Environmental Science and Pollution Research,2019, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 11565–11578


  • Timothy Sibanda, Ramganesh Selvarajan, Titus Msagati, Siddarthan Venkatachalam, Stephen Meddows-Taylor. Defunct gold mine tailings are natural reservoir for unique bacterial communities revealed by high-throughput sequencing analysis. Science of The Total Environment. Volume 650, Part 2, 2019, Pages 2199-2209.



  • Recovery of crude oil from a crude oil adsorbent and simultaneous regeneration of the adsorbent. SO ALAYANDE, EO DARE, AK AKINLABI, PO AIYEDUN, TAM MSAGATI, US Patent App. 16/336,041 (2019)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Member, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Founding member, Tanzania Chemical Society
  • NRF Rating, C2.


  • Method development of the analysis of environmental contaminants
  • Eco-toxicology and risk assessment of toxicological pattern of emerging pollutants
  • Model development for pollutants in environmental water samples
  • Bioremediation of contaminated environments