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Rated Researchers
A view on knowledge, quality and expertise
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With this publication, the Directorate of Research and Innovation is proud to introduce TUT’s 2012 rated
researchers to the research community in general, prospective postgraduate students, other academic
institutions and research-related industries. TUT has 39 rated researchers. Their profiles will give the
reader some background and understanding of the researchers, their specialisation areas and the
difference they make in numerous fields of science, humanities, the arts, information and
communication technology and engineering. The former Foundation for Research Development
introduced the evaluation and rating system for researchers for the natural sciences and engineering
disciplines for the first time in 1984. A new system was implemented in 1999 to cater for research and
scholarship in the fields of humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology. The
system is a benchmarking system based on the opinions of national and international peers about
recent research outputs and the impact of each applicant’s work. Reviewers assess each applicant’s
standing as a researcher based on the quality and impact of his/her recent research outputs and
contributions. It also provides independent and objective information about the quality of research and
South African research capacity in different fields. As such, it is a national benchmarking instrument, as
well as a tool to identify strengths, weaknesses and trends in the South African science arena. These 39
rated researchers prove that this institution is well on its way to becoming a research institution with
excellent leaders, world-class expertise and outstanding knowledge to make a difference in numerous
fields of much needed research in our communities and our country and even on the continent.
2012 Rated Researchers at TUT
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NRf RatiNgs: a descRiPtioN of the diffeReNt categoRies

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Definition Leading international researcher Researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers
as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research
outputs Internationally acclaimed researcher Researchers who enjoy considerable international
recognition by their peers for the high quality of their recent research outputs. Established researcher
Established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field who are recognised by
their peers as having produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to
ongoing engagement with the field as having demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and
apply research methods to investigating them. NRF Prestigious Awardee Young researchers (younger
than 35years of age), who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at
the time of application and who, on the basis of exceptional potential demonstrated in their published
doctoral work and/or their research outputs in their early post-doctoral careers are considered likely to
become future international leaders in their field. Promising young researcher Young researchers (below
40 years of age), who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the
time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves as
researchers within a five-year period after evaluation, based on their performance and productivity as
researchers during their doctoral studies and/or early post-doctoral careers. Late entrant into research
(category terminated at the end of 2009) Persons (normally younger than 55 years) who were previously
established as researchers or who previously demonstrated potential through their own research
products, and who are considered capable of fully establishing or re-establishing themselves as
researchers within a five-year period after evaluation.
2012 Rated Researchers at TUT
dR JosePh asaNte Faculty of Science
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Dr Joseph Kwaku Ofori Asante started his scientific career in 1982 when he obtained a BSc in Physics
from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In 1986 he was appointed a teacher at
Mehlomakulu Senior Secondary School, but he always knew that he would not remain a high school
teacher for the rest of his life. In 1998 he joined the University of the Free State as science researcher
and in 2005 he obtained a PhDat that university for a thesis entitled Surface segregation of Sn and Sb in
the low index planes of Cu. He accepted a post at TUT in 2006. He has published numerous articles in
refereed and peer-reviewed journals. Quantification from overlapping Auger peak-to-peak heights in
surface interface analysis, Sequential segregation of Sn and Sb in a Cu(111)single crystal in surface
interface analysis and Determining the segregation parameters in ternary systems from a linear

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Rated Researchers A view on knowledge, quality and expertise PReface With this publication, the Directorate of Research and Innovation is proud to introduce TUT’s 2012 rated researchers to the research community in general, prospective postgraduate students, other academic institutions and research-related industries. TUT has 39 rated researchers. Their profiles will give the reader some background and understanding of the researchers, their specialisation areas and the difference they make in numerous fields of science, humanities, the arts, information and communication technology and engineering. The former Foundation for Research Development introduced the evaluation and rating system for researchers for the natural sciences and engineering disciplines for the first time in 1984. A new system was implemented in 1999 to cater for research and scholarship in the fields of humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology. The system is a benchmarking system based on the opinions of national and international peers about recent research outputs and the impact of each applicant’s work. Reviewers assess each applicant’s standing as a researcher based on the quality and impact of his/her recent research outputs and contributions. It also provides independent and objective information about the quality of research and South African research capacity in different fields. As such, it is a national benchmarking instrument, as well as a tool to identify str ...
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