Theoretical physicist and highly-regarded science educator Prof Azwinndini Muronga takes up his appointment as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new dean of science on April 1.
Prof Muronga started his tertiary education at the University of Venda with a BSc degree in Mathematics and Physics, then enrolled for a BSc (Honours) and Masters of Science (MSc) degrees in Physics at the University of Cape Town.
Subsequently, he completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Minnesota in the United States.
He did his postdoctoral training at the University of Frankfurt and at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Germany. He joined UCT in 2005 as a senior lecturer until September 2010. Since October 2010, he has been an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg and, until 2015, served as Director of the UJ Soweto Science Centre.
Prof Muronga’s own research field lies in the intersection of nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, studying the nature and properties of hot and dense matter in heavy ion collisions and astrophysics, as well as the properties of a new state of matter, Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), which existed just for a microsecond at the beginning of the universe after the Big Bang and might also exist in the deep
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