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Future Professors Programme Selects CUT Lecturer



Future Professors Programme Selects CUT Lecturer

Future Professors Programme Selects CUT Lecturer. Dr. Mokgaotsa Jonas Mochane, a distinguished Chemistry Lecturer at the Central University of Technology, Free State, has been honored with selection for the prestigious Future Professors Programme (FPP). This program, administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), stands as a beacon for promising early-career academics, grooming them for the esteemed rank of South African professors.

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A Rising Star in Academia

Hailing from the heart of Mafahlaneng, Tweeling in the Free State, Dr. Mochane brings to the program a wealth of expertise and passion for research. As a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y2 rated researcher and a member of the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) at CUT, his dedication to advancing knowledge in chemistry is unparalleled. His status as a registered Professional Scientist (PrChemSA) underscores his commitment to excellence in both academia and research mentorship.

Seizing Opportunities for Growth

Expressing his enthusiasm for the FPP, Dr. Mochane affirms his dedication to leveraging this opportunity for personal and professional advancement. With aspirations to nurture the next generation of researchers and elevate his NRF rating to C-status, he embodies a spirit of continuous learning and development.

Pioneering Research in Polymer Composites

At the forefront of his academic pursuits lies a fervent interest in polymer composites. With a robust publication record boasting over 20 research articles and 40 book chapters, Dr. Mochane’s contributions to the field have garnered international recognition. His pioneering work in polymer nanocomposites and blends serves as a testament to his expertise and vision for scientific innovation.

Empowering Future Generations

Driven by a desire to cultivate excellence in his students, Dr. Mochane is dedicated to guiding postgraduate scholars towards scholarly success. His ambition extends beyond the laboratory, with plans to commercialize research projects and establish a Polymer Chemistry Centre focused on community-based solutions.


As Dr. Mochane embarks on this transformative journey with the Future Professors Programme, his commitment to research excellence and mentorship shines brightly. With a steadfast resolve to push the boundaries of knowledge and empower future generations, he stands poised to leave an indelible mark on academia and society at large.

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