University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, South Africa
Michael Witcomb is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg and a member of the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials hosted by Wits. He was previously Director of the Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit, Wits. His current research using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) involves the microstructural characterisation of polymer-metal nanoparticle composites, catalysts and hard metals, phase diagram studies of aluminium intermetallics for high temperature purposes, and carbide precipitation processes in platinum and palladium in collaboration with the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA. He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Hull, UK, and a MSc and PhD from the University of Lancaster, UK.