Chemistry Contact Details
Sasol Natural Science Building
Department of Chemistry, 0204
P.O Box 235
Mrs Moeletsi D
Ms Mabe J
Senior Technical Officer
Bsc, BSc(Hons), (Unin)
Mrs Kgasi A
Mr Mashego M
Laboratory Technical Assistant
Prof. Nana M. Agyei
My research interests currently lie generally in the field of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, mostly involving risk assessment and management. Recent projects have focussed on the development of local industrial by-products (e.g. coal fly ash) and agricultural waste materials (e.g. maize tassel) into low cost adsorbents for the removal of chemical pollutants (e.g. heavy metals and phosphates) from contaminated aqueous environments, and environmental monitoring.
Dr Sego M. Abel Debeila
Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD (Wits)
My research interest is in the structure and reactivity on solid surfaces and/or supported metal catalysts with particular reference to heterogeneous catalysis. My principal aims are: (i) To gain a detailed understanding at a molecular level of the relationship between surface structure and molecular reactivity, (ii) To elucidate reaction mechanisms, and thus to develop new approaches to control the rates and selectivity of catalytic reactions, (iii) To invent new catalysts so as to explore new chemistry. Reactions are studied both for their intrinsic interests and potential technological importance.
Mr Matomokoane J. Mofokeng
Lecturer in InOrganic Chemistry
Bsc, BSc(Hons), MSc, (FortHare)
Preparation of Nitrito complexes for the purpose of nitration of aromatic compounds have not been drastically used in the past. With the development of new materials, new methods are necessary to achieve the nitration processes with less use of the nitrating agent. Preparation of anhydrous metal nitrito complexes are followed and used to achieve the nitration process.
Preparation of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is achieved using Gold supported on carbon. The recent discovery of carbon nanotubes encouraged the use of this new allotrope of carbon as both a catalyst and catalyst support for the hydrochlorination reactions of acetylene in the preparation of VCM.
Dr FM Muganza
My research interest lies in the field of medicinal chemistry, phytochemistry and environmental chemistry. Projects currently in progress are:
Mr Nkosinathi F. H. Makhubela
Synthetic Chemistry of Quinolines and Porphyrins
Mr Isaac Masilela
Mrs Mogane M
Dr RB Maseko
Mr Lesibana Sethokga