Prof. Gerald K. Muthakia

Designation: Deputy Vice chancellor (Academic Affairs)

Associate Professor Physical and Applied Chemistry (DeKUT)

Email: gkmuthakia@dkut.ac.ke

Academic Qualifications: B.Ed (KU), .MSc. (Nairobi), PhD (Exeter, UK)

Publications

  1. Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Gerald K. Muthakia; A Kinetic Study of the Oxidation of 2,4 – Dinitrophenylhydrazine with Acidic Bromate, Journal of the Chemical society, Perkin Trans II, 1987, 1539-1541
  2. Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Gerald K. Muthakia and Reuben H. Simoyi; A Kinetic Study of the Oxidation of Indigo Carmine with Acidic Bromate, Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Trans II, 1988, 1111-1115
  3. Gerald K. Muthakia and Sreekantha B. Jonnalgadda; Kinetic and Mechanism of Indigo Carmine Acidic Iodate Reaction.  An Indicator Reaction for Catalytic Determination of Ru (III) Ion.  International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 21(7), 1989, p519.
  4. Gerald K. Muthakia and Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda; Uncatalysed and V(V)-Catalysed Reaction of Methylene Blue with Potassium Bromate in Aqueous Sulphuric Acid, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 93,1989. P4751-4756.
  5. David R. Rossensky, Gerald K. Muthakia, Collin Honyebourne and Rick J Ewen; Novel Chromium III/VI adducts of XPS – determined mixed valence, from electroreduced chromium (VI), Transition metal chemistry (London) (1995), 20(1) 88.
  6. Gerald K. Muthakia and David R Rosseinsky, Kinetics and mechanism of the catalysed cobalt III) oxidation of water by chromium (VI), Journal of the Kenya Chemical Society, Vol. 1, 1999, 26.
  7. David R Rosseinsky and Gerald K. Muthakia; Electrical conductivities of manganate – permanganate mixtures: New-Valence Manganate (VI)-(VII) Salts Ba3(Mno4)4 and BaK (MnO4)2.  J. Chem. Research, Synopsis (2000), (3), 116-117.
  8. Wa-Thiong’o J.K, G.K. Muthakia and J. W. Muthengia, Uptake of Calcium Hydroxide in Hydrating Portland Cement by  Ashed Spent Bleaching Earth, Journal of The Kenya Chemical Society, 2(2),  2005, 21-29
  9. G.K. Muthakia, J. K. Wa-Thiongo., J.W. Muthengia, Cement Material From Calcium Carbide Residue and Broken Bricks, East African Journal of Physical Sciences, 2005,6(1), 13-19
  10. J.W. Muthengia,  J. K. Wa-Thiongo, G.K. Muthakia, Spent Bleaching Earth as a Pozzolanic Material, Journal of Civil Engineering Research and practice,2005
  11. J.W. Muthengia,  Wa-Thiongo J. Karanja, G.K. Muthakia, Calcium Carbide Residue as Alternative
    To Calcium Hydroxide for Commercial Building Lime Pozzolana Materials, Proc. 5th Int. conf. Kenya Chemical Society, Aug 2005, 209-213
  12. Mwangi I. W. H Nyambaka, C. Onindo and Muthakia G. K, Determination of Copper in  Kamiti River along Coffee Farms in Kiambu District,.
  13. Odhiambo R., Muthakia G.K. and Kagwanja S.M*Synthesis, characterization and electrochemistry of heterobimetallic complexes containing molybdenum (II) nitrosyl and manganese (II)-Schiff base centers, Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2009, 23(3), 1-12.
  14. Enos W. Wambua,, Gerald K. Muthakiaa, , Joseph K. wa-Thiong’o and Paul M. Shiundub,  Regeneration of spent bleaching earth and its adsorption of copper (II) ions from aqueous solutions ,Applied Clay Science, 46, 176-180, 2009
  15. 1 R. Odhiambo, 1 G.K. Muthakia and 2 S.M. Kagwanja Synthesis and Characterization of Molybdenated meta-functionalized Manganese(II) Schiff Base Complexes, J. BioChemPhysics, 17,2009,
  16. Enos W. Wambua,, Gerald K. Muthakiaa, , Joseph K. wa-Thiong’o and Paul M. Shiundub,Kinetics of copper desorption from Regenerated Spent Breaching Earth, American-Eurasian journal of Scientific Research, 4(4):317-323, 2009
  17. Enos W Wambu, G K Muthakia, High Fluoride Water in the Gilgil Areaof Nakuru County, Kenya, Fluoride 44(1)37–41, 2011
  18. Enos W. Wambu, Gerald K. Muthakia, Joseph K. wa-Thiong’o, Paul M. Shiundu Kinetics and thermodynamics of aqueous Cu (II) adsorption on heat regenerated spent bleaching earth, Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, 2011, 25(2), 181-190.
  19. Enos W. Wambu, Charles O. Onindo, Willis J. Ambusso, Gerald K. Muthakia; Fluoride Adsorption onto Acid Treated Diatomaceous Mineral from Kenya, Material Sciences and Applications,2011,2,1654
  20. Julius Toeri Ratumo1, S. M. Kagwanja2, J. K. Lusweti3 & G. K. Muthakia4, Redox and Spectroscopic Properties of Heterobinuclear Complexes of Cobalt(III) Schiff Bases and Chloronitrosyl Molybdenum Fragments  International Journal of Professional Practice – Volume 2, Issue 1, January–March 2011
  21. Ruth A. Odhiambo, Gerald K. Muthakia and Stanley M. Kagwanja Synthesis And Characterization Of Redox-Active Complexes Of Molybdenum (II) Nitrosyl Linked To P-Functionalized Iron(III)-Schiff Bases:, Int. J. Chem. Res., 2011v01(3), 16-27
  22. Ruth A. Odhiambo • Gerald K. Muthakia •Stanley M. Kagwanja, Synthesis, physical and electrochemical characterization of mono- and Heterobinuclear m-functionalized iron(III)  Schiff base complexes, Transition Metal Chemistry,
  23. Enos W. Wambu1*, Gerald K. Muthakia2*, Joseph K. wa-Thiong’o1 and Paul M. Shiundu3
    Kinetics And Thermodynamics Of Aqueous Cu(Ii) Adsorption On Heat Regenerated Spent Bleaching Earth, Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2011, 25(2), 181-190. ISSN 1011-3924
  24. Gerison Murithi, Charles. O. Onindo* and Gerald. K. Muthakia Kinetic and Equilibrium Study for the Sorption of Pb (II) Ions from Aqueous Phase By Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2012, 26(2), 181-193. ISSN 1011-3924
  25. Enos W. Wambu1,2*, Charles O. Onindo2, Willis J. Ambusso3 and Gerald K. Muthakia4 Fluoride Adsorption Onto An Acid Treated Lateritic Mineral From Kenya: Equilibrium Studies African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 6(3), pp. 160 – 169, March 2012
  26. Muthengia Jackson Wachira1,*, Muthakia Gerald Kanyago2 and Thiong’o Joseph Karanja1 Cementing material from rice husk-broken bricks-spent bleaching earth-dried calcium carbide residue Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry, 2(2), 400-407  2012
  27. John K. Mathaga 1 , Thomas F.N. Thoruwa 2& Gerald K. Muthakia 3 Activation of Spent Bleaching Earth for Dehumidification Application,  International Journal of Chemistry (IJC) OCTOBER 2013 VOL.1, No.8
  28. Genson Murithi • Charles O Onindo • Enos Wamalwa Wambu • Gerald K Muthakia Removal of Cadmium(II) Ions from Water by Adsorption using Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Biomass  BioResources , Vol 9,No2, (2014)
  29. I. W. Mwangi, G. K. Muthakia, C. O. Onindo, H. Nyambaka and J. C. Ngila (2014). Determination of levels of copper in kamiti river along coffee farms In Kiambu, Kenya. Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology , 16(2), 95 -108.ISSN: 22495894

Conferences/Seminar Participation/Presentations

  1. Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Gerald K. Muthakia: Catalytic and Kinetic Methods of Determinations of Trace Concentrations of Hg (II), paper presented at the Development in the S.A.D.C.C Regional Conference, University of Zimbabwe, 1984.
  2. Kinetics of the Oxidation of Indigo Carmine by Acidic Bromate Co-authored with Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on reaction Mechanisms in solution at the University of Kent, Canterbury, 1987.
  3. The 1st Kenya Chemical Society international Conference, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  4.  The First Theoretical Chemistry Workshop in Africa, Feb20-24 1995 Inst. Nucl. Sci., University of Nairobi, Kenya
  5. The 2nd Kenya Chemical Society International Conference September 2-4 September 1996, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  6. The 3rd Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, 16-20 Aug 1999, Nairobi Kenya
  7. 11th Kenyatta University Postgraduate Seminar, 13-16 October 2003,Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
  8. Nagasaki University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, “Production of Pozzolana from Agricultural & Industrial Waste Materials”, 18 February 2004, Nagasaki University, Japan
  9. 12th Kenyatta University Postgraduate Seminar, 29th Nov. – 3rd Dec. 2004, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  10. The National Workshop on Scientific Equipment Management,17th September 2004, Nairobi ,Safari Club, Nairobi, Kenya
  11. 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th , 2005, Kenyatta University
  12.  Mwangi I. W. and Muthakia G. K, Determination and Copper Speciation in Kaqmiti River along Coffee Farms in Kiambu District,.5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th ,2005, Kenyatta University
  13. Muthengia J. W., Thiongo J. K., Acetylene Lime Sludge as Alternative Calcium Hydroxide for Lime Pozzolana Materials, 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th , 2005, Kenyatta University
  14. Odhiambo R. A. Muthakia G.K. and Kagwanja S.M. , Synthesis, Spectral and Electrochemical studies of Heterobimetallic Complexes containing Redox Active Molybdenum Nitrosil Tris ( 3,-5 Dimethylpyrazollyl) Hydroborate, 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th ,2005, Kenyatta University
  15. PHEA Educational Technology Initiative Inter-Institutional Workshop, 22-24 February 2010Johannesburg, South Africa

Referee (Journals)

  • 2003 – East African Journal of Science.
    – Journal of Agricultural science and Technology
    – Journal of the Kenya Chemical Society
  • 2010 – Ceramics International:
  • 2011 – Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia

Research/Postgraduate Supervision

15 Masters thesis and 3 PhD

Research Grant Award

1. Characterisation of Kenyan Honey and development of design model for processing equipment Government of Kenya through Commission for Higher Education, 2006-07, Ksh. 2.7 M
2, PHEA-ETI-KU project on digitization and application of E-learning materials with reference to the teaching/learning of Chemistry and communication skills courses – Ksh. 7.8 M – Team Leader
3. IFS research Grant Removal of Fluoride ions From Aqueous Solutions by a siliceous mineral of a Kenyan origin- Ksh 960,000
4 KUCT Research Grant an investigation of the mineral potential of iron bearing rocks in Mbeu area of Central Tigania – Ksh. 894,000

Conferences/Seminar Participation/Presentations

  1. Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda, Gerald K. Muthakia: Catalytic and Kinetic Methods of Determinations of Trace Concentrations of Hg (II), paper presented at the Development in the S.A.D.C.C Regional Conference, University of Zimbabwe, 1984.
  2. Kinetics of the Oxidation of Indigo Carmine by Acidic Bromate Co-authored with Sreekantha B. Jonnalagadda. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on reaction Mechanisms in solution at the University of Kent, Canterbury, 1987.
  3. The 1st Kenya Chemical Society international Conference, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  4. The First Theoretical Chemistry Workshop in Africa, Feb20-24 1995 Inst. Nucl. Sci., University of Nairobi, Kenya
  5. The 2nd Kenya Chemical Society International Conference September 2-4 September 1996, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  6. The 3rd Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, 16-20 Aug 1999, Nairobi Kenya
  7. 11th Kenyatta University Postgraduate Seminar, 13-16 October 2003,Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
  8. Nagasaki University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, “Production of Pozzolana from Agricultural & Industrial Waste Materials”, 18 February 2004, Nagasaki University, Japan
  9. 12th Kenyatta University Postgraduate Seminar, 29th Nov. – 3rd Dec. 2004, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  10. The National Workshop on Scientific Equipment Management,17th September 2004, Nairobi ,Safari Club, Nairobi, Kenya
  11. 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th , 2005, Kenyatta University
  12. Mwangi I. W. and Muthakia G. K, Determination and Copper Speciation in Kaqmiti River along Coffee Farms in Kiambu District,.5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th ,2005, Kenyatta University
  13. Muthengia J. W., Thiongo J. K., Acetylene Lime Sludge as Alternative Calcium Hydroxide for Lime Pozzolana Materials, 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th , 2005, Kenyatta University
  14. Odhiambo R. A. Muthakia G.K. and Kagwanja S.M. , Synthesis, Spectral and Electrochemical studies of Heterobimetallic Complexes containing Redox Active Molybdenum Nitrosil Tris ( 3,-5 Dimethylpyrazollyl) Hydroborate, 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference, August 22nd-26th ,2005, Kenyatta University
  15. PHEA Educational Technology Initiative Inter-Institutional Workshop, 22-24 February 2010Johannesburg, South Africa

Other Responsibilities

  • 2004 – 2008 – Kenya Chemical Society Governing Council Member
  • 2005 – Local Organizing Committee Chairman, 5th Kenya Chemical Society International Conference
  • 2003 -2006 – Resource person Chemistry Programmes for the Catholic University of Eastern Africa appointed by CHE
  • 1997-99 -Teaching Practice area supervisor in Nyeri zone.

External Examiner

  • 2004 – 2008 – Chemistry Department, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
  • 2006 – 2008 – Chemistry Department, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Kenya
  • 2009 – 2011 – Kenya Polytechnic University College