Mzamo Shozi

Favourite Thing: Being in the lab, making new catalysts and using them to create useful and important compounds.



University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa from 2004 to 2014


BSc in Applied Chemistry, BSc Honours in Chemistry, MSc in Chemistry, PhD in Chemistry

Work History:

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Current Job:

I am a lecturer


University of KwaZulu-Natal

About Me

I am a scientist, researcher and an academic who wants to change the world.

I currently live with my family in Durban in South Africa. My favourite food is pasta, especially penne. I enjoy listening to music and being with people I love. I am a member of the South African Chemical Institute since 2007, member of the International Golden Key Honour Society since 2011 and member of the Catalysis Society of South Africa since 2008. I am also an Affiliate member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

My Work

I am a lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal and involved in the teaching of 1st years and 2nd and 3rd year Analytical chemistry.

My research interest is in Biorenewable energy, specifically the conversion of biomass to value added chemicals. I am currently the Principal Investigator in the conversion of biomass section of the Catalysis Research Group in the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

My Typical Day

This involves some lecturing, some admin, some research and also consulting with my students.

What I'd do with the money

I will help students from disadvantaged schools to learn more about science and increase their interest in it.

I will use the money to buy special science kits and travel to disadvantaged schools in my area and perform simple and interesting experiments to peak interest. I will also give a small talk to the scholars about the relevance of science in our everyday lives as well as the vast job opportunities available in this field.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Kind, Smart, Driven

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Going on a rollercoaster

What did you want to be after you left school?

A medical doctor

Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Find an alternative method to increase the economy of biodiesel production

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I enjoyed science at school, especially the chemistry part

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A medical doctor

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

I wish to be rich. I wish I would get promoted soon. I wish to make enough to be able to buy my own house.

Tell us a joke.

A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs any help with his luggage. He says, “No, I’m traveling light.”

Other stuff

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