To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Manoto’s research focuses on the development of point-of-care photonic crystal biosensors for detecting and quantifying the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in biological samples. A rapid, sensitive, inexpensive and portable HIV diagnostic device with possible application in resource-limited settings will be developed.
Ramokolo’s work focuses on the integration and diagnostics of high-power beam delivery systems. He has been involved in the optical characterisation, assembly and testing of the Aeroswift laser system as well as a new-generation fingerprint sensing technology that uses optical coherent tomography.
Arthur’s research interests lie in the area of materials science, with his research activities focused on additive manufacturing, and the use of laser systems for materials processing.