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Dr Raesibe Sylvia Ledwaba

Dr Raesibe Sylvia Ledwaba is currently employed as a Senior Researcher at the Materials Modelling Centre, University of Limpopo. Her research interests are on large scale atomistic simulations, linear scaling Density Functional Theory and Machine Learning for Multi-Scale Modelling of energy storage materials. Raesibe’s esteemed contributions to science has earned her distinguished awards and seen her as one of the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans, in the Science and Technology Category (2017). Raesibe is the chairperson for Women in Physics in South Africa (WiPiSA) and founding member of Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC-SA).

Raesibe employs state-of-the-art computer simulations methods to characterize materials properties and predict design- intensive features for high energy density electrodes with high capacity by means of morphological and microstructural analysis. She has developed exceptional models of nanoarchitectures such as nanoporous materials that are capable of allowing diffusivity of electrolytes and enhancing the transport capabilities between electrolytes and electrodes. Progress made in her research work include 3 publications and three (3) drafts articles ready for submission into peer-reviewed journals. Her research work has been read at over 30 local and international conferences.

Raesibe represents University of Limpopo in the digital technologies, big data and cybersecurity division at the South African Swedish University Forum (SASUF), to connect universities, funding agencies, industry, ministries and society in Sweden and South Africa working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2017-2020). She represented South Africa at various young scientists’ activities, BRICS Young Scientists Forum and International Conference for Women in Physics (ICWIP). She also contributed to commissioning of the first Petascale supercomputer in Africa, at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).