Nelson Torto

Coach & Facilitator
Nelson Torto
Telephone: +267 3914161
Mobile: Direct +267 3607501
Organisation: Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI)
Address: Nelson Torto PhD FAAS FRSC Honorary Professor, Rhodes University Visiting Professor, University of Venda Chief Executive Officer Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) P/Bag 0082 Gaborone, Botswana Delivery Address: Maranyane House; Plot 50654, Machel Drive
Country: South Africa
Profile: Nelson Torto is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry and the Head of the Chemistry Department at Rhodes University. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the Chemistry School of Hons of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), MSc Chemistry from the University of Botswana and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Lund (Sweden). He has graduated over 13 PhDs and his research focus is on the use of nanotechnology for the developing of colorimetric probes for diagnosis in biotechnology, health, water and the environment. In 2008 he received the American Chemical Society Young Investigator Award in Separation Science. He has 1 international patent and filed 4 SA provisional patents in 2012. Nelson is a Time To Think Collegiate, Facilitator and Coach. He is a Director on the Botswana Innovation Hub Board as well as the Botswana Technology Center Board. Nelson has given many keynote addresses in all continents and is currently the Analytical Chemistry Editor for the SA Journal of Chemistry, Chair of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Division of Analytical Chemistry as well as the Founding Secretary General for the African Network of Analytical Chemists (SEANAC). Nelson is actively involved in aspects of nanotechnology application and has attended many international exhibitions, symposia and panel discussions, in particular in Asia and North America. Although Nelson is not running a practise, his role as a research leader, Head of Department as well as his other various advisory tasks in government enable him to apply aspects of the Thinking Environment.
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