Dr. Anzel Falch

Anzel heads up the HYENA Network for South Africa.

Anzel Falch completed her MSc in Chemistry (2012), focussing on the synthesis and characterisation of Pt–modified TiO2 photocatalysts toward laser induced H2 production for water splitting by employing a laser as irradiation source. In 2013, she was appointed as a lecturer at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. Her responsibilities comprise of various academic tasks, which include teaching theory, assisting, demonstrating, and presenting practical sessions, for chemistry subjects at various levels. In 2013 she also enrolled for a PhD in Chemistry, in the Electrochemistry for Energy & Environment group within the Chemical Resource Beneficiation research focus area. Her PhD study focussed on the development of electrocatalytic surfaces catalysing the oxidation of aqueous sulphur dioxide (SO2), a key reaction in the hybrid sulphur (HyS) process as a means of producing hydrogen. The principle research techniques employed include a combination of modern high-throughput and combinatorial (HTC) methods in conjunction with the intermittent use of traditional apparatus and techniques to synthesise, characterise and evaluate the performance of various thin film electrocatalyst surfaces for electro-oxidising SO2(aq). She graduated her PhD in 2017 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2018 at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. Her current professional development endeavours include improving her research and teaching profile. The global energy sector is facing a shift from traditional forms of energy towards renewable, sustainable and environmental accommodating energy production. To enforce this shift, current research interests are directed towards (but not limited to) electrocatalyst development and characterisation, for renewable energy applications, specifically hydrogen related. On a personal level she enjoys dancing, music, travelling with her family and experiencing different foods (“foodie”) around the world.