Prof Philiswa Nosiso Nomngongo was born and raised in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape (South Africa). She graduated with BSc Applied Chemistry from the School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu Natal in 2008 and received BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 2009. She received her MSc and PhD degrees in 2011 and 2014 from UKZN and University of Johannesburg, respectively. In 2015, she joined the Faculty of Science at UJ, as a lecturer of Analytical Chemistry and since 2017 she have been an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the same institution. She was awarded a DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Nanotechnology for water and hold a NRF Y1 rating. Her research interests focus on the development of sample preparation methods, use of multivariate/chemometric for data evaluation, environmental analytical chemistry, microextraction method, molecularly templated materials, nanomaterials for water treatment, membranes for water treatment, adsorption desalination, water quality and monitoring. Prof Nomngongo’s research efforts to date have led to the publication of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles. She participated in several international and national conferences. Her research achievements have been recognized through the award of prestigious fellowships and awards: L’Oreal-UNESCO Sub-Saharan Women in Science Regional fellowship in 2014; South African Women in Science award in the Distinguished Young Woman Research in the Natural and Engineering Sciences category in 2017 and Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award: Most Promising Young Researcher of the Year in 2017. During her 5 years at the University of Johannesburg (2015-present), Prof Nomngongo has supervised/ co-supervised and graduated 17 MSc and 5 PhD students. She is currently, the supervisor/co-supervisor of a number of MSc and PhD students.