Litha Yapi is a Chemical Engineer and PhD graduate from the University of Pretoria, with a specialization in the preparation of alumina-supported cobalt trifluoride. He is currently a third-year Chemical Engineering lecturer at the University of Pretoria, where he teaches Separation Process Engineering and Laboratory Practice.
Dr. Yapi’s research focuses on the design and synthesis of fluoromaterials. His work on alumina-supported cobalt trifluoride has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has presented his findings at national conferences. Dr. Yapi’s research interests also include energetic materials, green chemistry, and metal-organic frameworks.
Dr. Yapi is a member of professional organizations, including the Engineering Council of South Africa. He is also an active participant in outreach programs aimed at promoting STEM education and careers among underrepresented groups. In his spare time, Dr. Yapi enjoys cycling and exploring the natural beauty of South Africa.
Is an industrial chemist and technology developer. He has worked across disciplines for four decades, predominantly in a uranium-, fluorine-, and a general materials- and nuclear environment. He studied chemistry at the University of Cape Town, and was awarded a PhD in 1989 for research done at the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa (now Necsa) with respect to fluorine-related corrosion problems in the enrichment plant, under supervision of the late CM Stander. He completed a post-doctoral period at the Technical University of Munchen, Garching, in 1990, familiarising himself with aspects of plasma technology. He was the SARChI incumbent for the Chair for Fluoro-materials Science and Process Integration at the University of Pretoria, Department of Chemical Engineering, during the period 2008‒2020, subsequent to a period at UMIST/UMAN in Manchester, UK. He is currently active in plasma pyrolysis, nuclear hydrogen, and fluorine- and halide-related vapour-phase metallurgy.