Dr Justus Masa


Dr. Masa earned a doctorate (PhD), with a distinction (summa cum laude), in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat) from Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in 2012, a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry (2008) from Makerere University, and a B.Sc. degree, Industrial Chemistry major (2003), also from Makerere University. He was a Visiting Scholar in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford in the summer of 2013.  In 2014, he returned to Ruhr-University Bochum as a Postdoctoral Researcher, and later rose to the position of a Senior Research Scientist and Leader of the Electrocatalysis and Energy Conversion Group at the Center for Electrochemical Sciences (CES) in the Department of Analytical Chemistry.

In 2020, he moved the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion to help strengthen Electrochemical Research for Energy Conversion. He is a co-inventor of four patents, three of which won the award for the best innovations at Ruhr-University Bochum in 2010, 2014 and 2017. Dr. Masa was selected as a as fellow of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) for the 2017-2019, a recognition of Africa’s most outstanding scientists. Since 2015, he serves as an advisor to the Government of Uganda on Mineral Value Addition under the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT) initiative, where he heads the Salt Cluster. His core research is in the field of electrocatalysis and energy conversion, especially the rational design of advanced low-cost catalysts and electrode materials for electrochemical energy systems, from portable applications to stationary mini-grid and grid-level energy storage, including fuel cells, electrolyzers (power to gas energy conversion), rechargeable metal-air batteries and redox flow batteries.