School of Science and Computing

Dr Cecil King’ondu, BSc (Nairobi) PhD (University of Connecticut). Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical sciences. Specialization area is Inorganic Chemistry. Has 7 years’ working experience in higher education.


  1. Mazrui, M.; Seelen, E.; King’ondu, C. K.; Thota, S.; Awino, J.; Rouge, J.; Zhao, J.; Mason, R. P., The precipitation, growth and stability of mercury sulfide nanoparticles formed in the presence of marine dissolved organic matter, Environmental Science Processes & Impacts 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C7EM00593H
  2. King’ondu, C. K.; Garces, H. F.; Suib, S. L., End-to-end and Side-by-side alignment of short octahedral molecular sieve (OMS-2) nanorods into long microyarn superarchitectures and highly flexible membranes, Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects 2018, 14, 49-56 (Elsevier Journal)
  3. Hieronimi A. Mboya, Cecil K. King'ondu, Karoli N. Njau, and Alex L. Mrema, Measurement of Pozzolanic Activity Index of Scoria, Pumice and Rice Husk Ash as Potential Supplementary Cementitious Materials for Portland Cement, Advances in Civil Engineering 2017, 1-13 (Hindawi Journal)
  4. Talam E. K., King’ondu C. K., Pogrebnoi A., Jande Y. A. C., Biogas-slurry Derived Mesoporous Carbon for Supercapacitor Applications, Materials Today Energy Materials Today Energy 2017, 5, 126-137.
  5. Makuaki E.; King’ondu, C. K., Talam E. K., Hydrogen Sulfide and Ammonia Removal from Biogas using Water Hyacinth-derived Carbon Nanomaterials, African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 2017, 11(7), 375-383. (Academic Journal)
  6. Nkhonjera, L.; John, R. G.; King’ondu, C. K., A review of thermal energy storage designs, heat storage materials and cooking performance of solar cookers with heat storage, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2017, 75, 157 – 167. (Elsevier Journal)
  7. Talam E. K., King’ondu C. K., Pogrebnoi A., Jande Y. A. C, Status of Biomass Derived Carbon Materials for Supercapacitor Application, International Journal of Electrochemistry, 2017, 1-14 (Hindawi Journal)
  8. Karuga J., Jande Y. A. C, Kim H. T., King’ondu C. K., Fish Swim Bladder-derived Porous Carbon for De-fluoridation at Potable Water pH, Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science 2016, 6, 500-514 (Scientific Research Journal)
  9. Kivuyo L., King’ondu C. K., Njau N. K., Eggshells – assisted Hydrolysis of Banana Pulp for Biogas Production, African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 2017, 11(1), 71-78 (Academic Journal)
  10. Geoffrey John, Andreas König-Haagen, Cecil K. King’ondu, Dieter Brüggemann, Lameck Nkhonjera, Galactitol as Phase Change Material for Latent Heat Storage of Solar Cookers: Investigating Thermal Behavior in Bulk Cycling, Solar Energy, 2015, 119, 415 – 421. (Elsevier Journal)
  11. Opembe, N. N.; Guild, C.; Nelson, N.; King’ondu, C. K.; Slowing, I. I.; Suib, S. L., Vapor Phase Oxidation of Neat Benzyl Alcohol using Manganese Oxide Octahedral Molecular Sieves (OMS-2). Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2014, 53:19044-19051 (ACS Journal).
  12. Kazawadi, D.; John, G. R.; King’ondu, C. K., Experimental Investigation of Thermal Characteristics of Kiwira Coal Waste with Rice Husk Blends for Gasification, Journal of Energy 2014, 1-8 (Hindawi Journal).
  13. El-Sawy, A.; King'ondu, C. K.; Kuo, C.-H.; Kriz, D.; Guild, C.; Meng, Y.; Frueh, S.; Dharmarathna, S.; Ehrlich, S.; Suib, S. L., An X-ray Absorption Spectroscopic Study of a New Highly Thermally Stable Manganese Oxide Octahedral Molecular Sieve (OMS-2) with High Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity, Chemistry of Materials 2014, 26, 5752−5760. (ACS Journal)
  14. Pahalagedara, L.; Dharmarathna, S.; King'ondu, C. K.; Pahalagedara, M.; Meng, Y.; Kuo, C.-H.; Suib, S. L., Microwave Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of α-MnO2: Lattice Expansion via Rapid Temperature Ramping and Framework Substitution. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118, 20363−20373. (ACS Journal)
  15. Kona, J. R.; King’ondu, C. K.; Suib, S. L., Octahedral Molecular Sieves (OMS-2) Materials for Aerobic, one-pot alcohol oxidation-Wittig reactions. ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 749 – 752. (Wiley Journal)
  16. Poyraz, A. S.; Kuo, C.-.H.; King'ondu, C. K.; Suib, S. L., Stable, Crystalline, Monomodal Pore Size Mesoporous Materials. Nature Communication 4, 2013 (doi: 10. 1038/ncomms3952). (Nature Journal)
  17. Garces, H. F.; Roller, J.; King’ondu, C. K.; Dharmarathna, S.; Ristau, R. A.; Maric, R.; Suib, S.L., Formation of Platinum (Pt) Nanocluster Coatings on K-OMS-2 Manganese Oxide Membranes by Reactive Spray Deposition Technique (RSDT) for Extended Stability during CO Oxidation. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 2014, 4, 23-35 (Scientific Research Journal).
  18. Dharmarathna, S.; King'ondu, C. K.; Pahalagedara, L. R.; Kuo, C.-K.; Suib, S. L., Manganese Octahedral Molecular Sieve (OMS-2) Catalysts for Selective Aerobic Oxidation of Thiols to Disulfides. Applied Catalysis B. Environmental, 2013, 147, 124 -131. (Elsevier Journal)
  19. Wang, H.; Xu, Z.; Kohandehghan, A.; Li, Z.; Cui, K.; Tan, X.; Stephenson, T. J.; King'ondu, C. K.; Holt, C. M. B.; Olsen, B. C.; Tak, J.K.; Harfield, D.; Anyia, A. O.; Mitlin, D., Interconnected Carbon Nanosheets Derived from Hemp for Ultrafast Supercapacitors with High Energy. ACS Nano, 2013, 7(6), 5131-5141. (ACS Journal)
  20. Najafpour, M. M.; Leonard, K.; Fan, F.; Tabrizi, M. A.; Bard, A. J.; King’ondu, C. K.; Suib, S. L.; Haghighi, B.; Allakhverdiev, S., Nano-size layered manganese-calcium oxide as an efficient and biomimetic catalyst for water oxidation in acidic condition: comparable with platinum. Dalton Transactions 2013, 42, 5085-5091. (RSC Journal)
  21. Najafpour, M. M.; Sedigh, D. J.; King’ondu, C. K.; Suib, S. L., Nano-sized manganese Oxide - Bovine Serum Albumin as a Biomimetic Catalyst for Water Oxidation. RSC Advances 2012, 2, 11253-11257. (RSC Journal)
  22. Njagi, E. C.; Genuino, H. C.; King’ondu, C. K.; Dharmarathna, S.; Suib, S. L., Catalytic Oxidation of Ethylene at low Temperatures using Porous Copper Manganese Oxides. Applied Catalysis A 2012, 421-422, 154-160. (Elsevier Journal)
  23. Iyer, A.; Joselyn, D.-P.; King’ondu, C. K.; Kissel, E.; Garces, H. F.; Huang, H.; El-Sawy, A.-H.; Dutta, P. K.; Suib, S. L., Water Oxidation Catalysis using Amorphous Manganese Oxides, Octahedral Molecular Sieves (OMS-2) and Octahedral Layered (OL-1) Manganese Oxide Structures. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2012, 116, 6474-6483. (ACS Journal)
  24. Opembe, O. N.; King’ondu, C. K.; Suib, S. L., Efficient Oxidation of 2,3,6-Trimethyl Phenol using Non-Exchanged and H+ Exchanged Manganese Oxide Octahedral Molecular Sieves (K-OMS-2 and H–K-OMS-2) as Catalysts. Catalysis Letters 2012, 142, 427-432. (Springer Journal)
  25. Genuino, H. C.; Horvath, D. T.; King’ondu, C. K.; Hoag, G. E.; Collins, J. B.; Suib S. L., Effects of Visible and UV Light on the Characteristics and Properties of Crude Oil-in-Water (O/W) Emulsions. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 2012, 11, 692-702. (RSC Journal)
  26. Dharmarathna, S.; King'ondu, C. K.; Wyatt, P.; Pahalagedara, L.; Suib, S. L., Direct Sonochemical Synthesis of Manganese Octahedral Molecular Sieve (OMS-2) Nanomaterials using Co-solvent Systems, their Characterization, and Catalytic Applications. Chemistry of Materials 2012, 24, 705-712. (ACS Journal)
  27. King’ondu, C. K.; Opembe, N. N.; Genuino, H.; Garces, H. F.; Njagi, E. C.; Iyer, A.; Huang, H.; Dharmarathna, S.; Suib, S. L., Nonthermal Synthesis of Three-Dimensional Metal Oxide Structures under Continuous-Flow Conditions and Their Catalytic Applications. Journal Physical Chemistry C 2011, 115, 23273-23282. (ACS Journal)
  28. King’ondu, C. K.; Iyer, A.; Njagi, E. C.; Opembe, N. N.; Genuino, H.; Huang, H.; Ristau, R. A.; Suib, S. L., Light-Assisted Synthesis of Metal Oxide Heirarchical Structures and Their Catalytic Applications. Journal of American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 4186-4189. (ACS Journal)
  29. Njagi, E. C.; Genuino, H.; King’ondu, C. K.; Chen, C.-H.; Horvath, D; Suib, S. L., Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2-rich Feeds over Mesoporous Copper Manganese Oxides Synthesized by a Redox Method. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2011, 36, 6768-6779. (Elsevier Journal)
  30. Frueh, S.; Kellett, R.; Mallery, C.; Molter, T.; Willis, W. S.; King’ondu, C. K.; Suib, S. L., Pyrolytic Decomposition of Ammonia Borane to Boron Nitride. Inorganic Chemistry 2011, 50, 783-792. (ACS Journal)
  31. King’ondu, C. K.; Opembe, N. N.; Chen, C.-H.; Ngala, K.; Huang, H.; Iyer, A.; Garces, H. F.; Suib, S. L., Manganese Oxide Octahedral Molecular Sieves (OMS-2) Multiple Framework Substitutions: A New Route to OMS-2 Particle Size and Morphology Control. Advanced Functional Materials 2010, 21, 312-323. (Wiley Journal)
  32. Opembe, N. N.; King’ondu, C. K.; Espinal, A. E.; Chen, C.-H.; Nyutu, E. K.; Crisostomo, V. M.; Suib, S. L., Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Manganese Oxide Octahedral Molecular Sieve (OMS-2) Nanomaterials under Continuous Flow Conditions. Journal Physical Chemistry C 2010, 114, 14417-14426. (ACS Journal)
  33. Iyer, A.; Galindo, H.; Sithambaram, S.; King’ondu, C. K.; Chen, C.-H.; Suib, S. L., Nanoscale Manganese Oxide Octahedral Molecular Sieves (OMS-2) as Efficient Photocatalysts in 2-propanol Oxidation. Applied Catalysis A 2010, 375, 295-302. (Elsevier Journal)
  34. Huang, H.; Sithambaram, S.; Chen, C.-H.; King’ondu, C. K.; Xu, L.; Iyer, A.; Garces, H. F.; Suib, S. L., Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of Cryptomelane-Type Octahedral Molecular Sieves (OMS-2) and Their Catalytic Studies. Chemistry of Materials 2010, 22, 3664-3669. (ACS Journal)
  35. Huang, H.; Chen, C.-H.; Xu, L.; Genuino, H.; Martinez, J. G.; Garces, H. F.; Jin, L.; King'ondu, C. K.; Suib S. L., Single-step synthesis of manganese oxide octahedral molecular sieves with large pore sizes. Chemical Communications 2010, 46, 5945-5947. (RSC Journal)
  36. Sriskandakumar, T.; Opembe, N. N.; Chen, C.-H.; Morey, A.; King’ondu, C. K.; Suib S. L., Green Decomposition of Organic Dyes Using Octahedral Molecular Sieve Manganese Oxide Catalysts. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2009, 113, 1523-1530. (ACS Journal)
  37. Kirumbi M. R., King’ondu C. K., Comparative Analysis of Indoor Air Pollutants Emitted by the Advanced Stove Relative to the Conventional Bioethanol Gel Stoves, International Journal of Advanced Engineering Research and Technology 2016, 4, 53-60.
  38. Mwakitalima, I. J.; King'ondu, C. K. Electricity Demand Evaluation for Rural Electrification, International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology, 2015, 4(6), 1025-1028.
  39. Warburg, C. T.; King’ondu, C. K., Energy Characteristics of Five Tree Species at Kitulangalo Forest Reserve, Morogoro in Tanzania , International Journal of Renewable Energy Research, 2014, 4(4), 1078-1084.
  40. Pamain, A.; Pogrebnaya, T.; King'ondu, C. K., Natural Dyes For Solar Cell Application: UV-Visible Spectra and Outdoor Photovoltaic Performance, Research Journal in Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2014, 3(5) 332-336.