Having graduated from Moscow State University and Stellenbosch University, Vladimir worked as a Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator at SASOL Center for Separation Technology at Potchefstroom University. He was appointed Full Professor at UWC in 1997 and the same year organized Inorganic Porous Media Group at Chemistry Department. Further, he had initiated and currently leads South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry (SAIAMC) at UWC. In 2003 Vladimir organized ESKOM Center for Electrocatalytic Research (ECER), which became a part of SAIAMC. Prof. Linkov started first Hydrogen and Fuel Cell research programme in South Africa (2001) that became the technical foundation of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell National Strategy (HySA). As a part of HySA development, UWC was selected to host DST Competence Center for System Integration and Technology Validation (HySA Systems) of which Vladimir is currently Contract Director. Prof. Linkov is a recipient of many awards and has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journal.