Instrumental AccessInstrumental Access 2019:
Moi University
Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

In Kenya, supporting research on biofuels, water purification, biopharmaceuticals, and more

  • Moi University faculty

    Faculty and staff at Moi University

  • Students in the lab at Moi University

    Students in the lab at Moi University

  • Moi University

Meet our Partner

Located in Western Kenya, Moi University is Kenya’s second-oldest public university.

The Department of Chemical & Process Engineering is Kenya’s only accredited chemical engineering program.

Current offerings include a bachelor of engineering and a master’s program. Several other programs, including a PhD, are under development.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Medical Biochemistry at Moi University are 2017 Instrumental Access awardees.

Research Areas

The department’s research priorities include environmental health, energy, natural products, water quality, and waste disposal.

Equipment will be a springboard. Students will have opportunities for hands-on training which makes learning real. Research and practical skills will make them among the best trained in our region."

-Dr. Milton M. M’Arimi, Head of the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

Engineering Affordable Biofuels: Dr. Anil Kumar

In Kenya, as in most of the rest of the world, renewable sources of energy are desperately needed to drive economic development independent of foreign oil imports and avoid contributing to climate change.

Dr KumarAnil Kumar, PhD, associate professor of chemical engineering at Moi University, sees potential reserves of energy all around him: massive amounts of plant wastes from Kenya’s agriculture-based economy, marine algae collected from the long coastline, and even the plastic bags that were recently so ubiquitous that the Kenyan government has banned their use nationwide.

While it is technologically feasible to convert just about any biological waste into usable biofuels, it is often difficult and prohibitively expensive. Dr. Kumar’s research aims to change that.

"An economically viable production technology for biodiesel and bioethanol from indigenous resources would be a breakthrough," says Dr. Kumar. "It would have a major impact on the energy scene in the country, positively affecting the national economy and managing the environment."

Dr. Kumar and his students are exploring new catalysts, processes, and energy sources in to potentially engineer a solution.

The challenge is daunting, but their hopes are high: "This is a relatively green area of research with immense potential for a country like Kenya," says Dr. Kumar.

Equipment from Instrumental Access will help them to continue and expand this work at Moi University, without having to send samples to other universities for analysis.

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Equipment would result in graduate research, leading to patents and publications. New technology would be developed and tested to fulfill national aspirations."
-Dr. Anil Kumar, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
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About the Department

Location: Moi, Kenya
Year Established: 1992
Number of Faculty: 10
Number of Students Impacted Annually: 400 undergraduate, 25 graduate


Why Instrumental Access?

Equipment is needed to support additional research by faculty members and graduate students. Masters students in the department routinely take 5 years to complete a 2-year program due to lack of equipment, and the range of research topics with which they can successfully engage is limited.

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About Instrumental Access

Instrumental Access empowers scientists in developing countries. It gives them the resources they need to pursue life-changing research and teach the next generation.

To begin, we identify a pipeline of scientific talent. Then we rigorously screen universities and select those with the most potential to advance education and research through Instrumental Access.