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The Department of Chemistry tries to promote the view of Chemistry as a human enterprise and not solely as a rigid body of knowledge. The total picture - from raw materials through beneficiation to research, including management aspects - is presented. Therefore our courses provide a firm foundation in chemical ideas, processes, and applications and the context of Chemistry in society. Experimental and field work form an integral part of all courses and self-initiated research is encouraged at postgraduate level. The department offers courses in pure, applied, and environmental chemistry, as well as the opportunity to do postgraduate research up to Doctoral level.

Statement of Purpose

The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to the empowerment of the community it serves by providing in chemical training needs through excellence in teaching and research. We are committed to furthering knowledge and understanding of chemical systems and their functioning in the environment, and to inculcate values conducive to the sustained development of these systems.

This Commitment is Pursued through:

  • Promotion of scholarship at all levels;
  • Teaching in formal courses, community service and consultancy;
  • Research, which may be fundamental or applied to the solution of environmental, human or chemical problems.

To reach its goals, the department seeks to:

  • Develop courses that maximally satisfy the requirements of employers and the needs and aspirations of students by means of regular contact with Industry;
  • Present courses in cooperation with Industry and other tertiary institutions;
  • Develop a research programme appropriate to the University's situation;
  • Keep the public informed of important events of a chemical nature;
  • Promote the image of Chemistry through various outreach activities.

The following modules are offered by the Department of Chemistry:

UNDERGRADUATE MODULES

First Year Modules


CHE1540 : General Chemistry
Prerequisite : At least 4 (formerly E (HG) or D (SG)) in Physical Science and Mathematics
CHE1621 : Inorganic Chemistry I
Prerequisite : At least 4 (formerly E (HG) or D (SG)) in Physical Science and Mathematics
CHE1622 : Organic Chemistry II
Prerequisite : At least 4 (formerly E (HG) or D (SG)) in Physical Science and Mathematics
CHE1623 : Inorganic Chemistry for the applied sciences
Prerequisite : At least 4 (formerly E (HG) or D (SG)) in Physical Science
CHE1624 : Organic Chemistry for the applied sciences
Prerequisite : At least 4 (formerly E (HG) or D (SG)) in Physical Science

Second Year Modules

CHE2521 : Inorganic Chemistry II
CHE2522 : Organic Chemistry II
CHE2524 : Industrial Chemistry
CHE2525 : Applied Organic Chemistry
CHE2620 : Analytical Chemistry: Classical Methods
CHE2623 : Physical Chemistry I
CHE2626 : Introductory Chemometrics
CHE2629 : Environmental Chemistry Fundamentals

Third Year Modules

CHE3520 : Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Techniques
CHE3523 : Physical Chemistry II
CHE3523 : Applied Chemical Analysis and Food Science
CHE3621 : Inorganic Chemistry III
CHE3622 : Organic Chemistry III
CHE3626 : Process Technology
CHE3627 : Chemistry of Materials

HIGHER DEGREES (HONOURS, MASTERS AND DOCTORAL)

Honours Programme
The Honours programme comprises the modules CHE5530, CHE5531, CHE5532, CHE5533, and CHE5700, as well as any two modules chosen from CHE5630, CHE5631, CHE5632, and CHE5633.

Modules
CHE5530 : Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5531 : Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5532 : Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5533 : Physical Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5630 : Capita Selecta: Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5631 : Capita Selecta: Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5632 : Capita Selecta: Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5633 : Capita Selecta: Physical Chemistry
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject
CHE5700: Research Project
Prerequisite : Passed Chemistry as a major undergraduate subject

Masters Programme
CHE6000 : Research Project
Prerequisite : Appropriate B.Sc. (Hons) degree.

Doctoral Programme
CHE7000 : Research Project
Prerequisite : Appropriate MSc degree

The following selected publications and research by staff members of the Department of Chemistry appeared recently:

  1. Yang, LC; Zhang, HP; Shi, Y; Wu, YP; van Ree, T. 2009. “Materials for lithium ion batteries by mechanochemical methods”, In: Ma?gorzata Sopicka-Lizer (Ed.), High energy ball milling: mechanochemical production of nanopowders, Woodhead Publishing.
  2. Zhang, P; Zhang, H.P; Li, Z.H; Wu, Y.P; van Ree, T. 2009. “Composite polymer electrolytes prepared by in situ copolymerization of P(MMA-AN) on the surface of PMMA-coated nano-TiO2”, Polym. Adv. Technol., 20(6), 571-575.
  3. Zhang, HP;Xia, Q; Wang, B; Yang, LC; Wu, YP; sun, DL; Gan, CL; Luo, HJ; Bebeda, AW; van Ree, T. 2009. “Vinyl-tris-(methoxydiethoxy)silane as an effective and ecofriendly flame retardant for electrolytes in lithium ion batteries”, Electrochem. Comm., 11(3), 526-529.
  4. Wang, B; Qu, QT; Yang, LC; Xia, Q; Wu, YP; Zhou, DL; Gu, XJ; van Ree, T. 2009. “2-Phenylimidazole as an additive to prevent the co-intercalation of propylene carbonate in organic electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries”, 189(1), 757-760.
  5. Mammino, L. 2008. “Chemical Issues in Biomass Burning in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Chemistry International, 30 (2), 22–23.
  6. Mammino, L; Kabanda, M.M. 2008. “A Study of the Interactions of the Caespitate Molecule with Water”, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 108, 1772-1791.
  7. Li, ZH; Xiao, QZ; Zhang, P; Zhang, HP; Wu, YP; van Ree, T. 2008. “Porous nanocomposite polymer electrolytes prepared by a non-solvent induced phase separation process”, Functional Materials Letters, 1(2), 139-143.
  8. Mammino, L; Kabanda, M.M. 2008. “A Computational Study of the Interactions of the Phloroglucinol Molecule with Water”, Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem), 852,36-45.
  9. Krohn, K; Sohrab, MH; van Ree, T; Draeger, S; Schulz, B; Antus, S; Kurtan, T. 2008. “Dinemasones A, B and C, New Bioactive Metabolites from the Endophytic Fungus, Dinemasporium strigosum”, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 5638-5646.
  10. Wang, B; Qu, QT; Xia, Q; Wu, YP; Li, X; Gan, CL; van Ree,T. 2008. “Effects of 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)benzeneboronic acid as an additive on electrochemical performance of propylene carbonate-based electrolytes for lithium ion batteries”, Electrochim. Acta, 54, 816-820.
  11. Zhao, N.H; Fu, L.J; Yang, L.C; Zhang, T; Wang, G.J; Deng, Y.H; Wu, Y.P; van Ree, T. 2008. “Nanostructured anode materials for lithium-ion batteries”, Pure Appl. Chem., 80(11), 2283-2295.
  12. Xia, Q; Wang, B; Wu,YP; Luo, HJ; Zhao, SY; van Ree, T. 2008. “Phenyl tris-2-methoxydiethoxysilane as an additive to PC-based electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries”, J. Power Sources, 180, 602-606.
  13. Wang, B; Xia, Q; Zhang, P; Li, G.C; Wu, Y.P; Luo, H.J; Zhao, S.Y; van Ree, T. 2008. “N-Phenylmaleimide as a new polymerizable additive for overcharge protection of lithium-ion batteries”, Electrochem. Commun., 10, 727-730.
  14. Wabo, HK; Kouam, SF; Krohn, K; Houssain, H; Tala, MF; Tane, P; van Ree, T; Hu, Q; Schulz, B. 2007. “Prenylated anthraquinones and other constituents from the seeds of Vismia laurentii”, Chem. Pharm. Bull., 55(11), 1640-1642.
  15. Makofane, HF; Potgieter, N; van Ree, T. 2006. “Die verbindings en biologiese aktiwiteit van Thamnosma africana”, SA Tydskr Natuurwet Tegnol, 25(3), 138-148.
  16. Mammino, L. 2006. Terminology in science and Technology – an overview through history and options. Ditlou Publishers, Thohoyandou, South Africa. (ISBN 0-9565071-3-9).
  17. Mashimbye, MJ; Mudau, FN; Soundy, P; van Ree, T. 2006. “A new flavonol from Athrixia phylicoides (Bush Tea)”, SA J Chem, 59, 1-2.
  18. Fouché, PSO; Foord, SH; Potgieter, N; van der Waal, BCW; van Ree, T. 2005. Towards an understanding of factors affecting the biotic integrity of rivers in the Limpopo Province: Niche partitioning, habitat preference and microbiological status in rheophilic biotopes of the Luvhuvhu and Mutale rivers, WRC Report No. 1197/1/05, Pretoria.
  19. Mammino L. 2005. “Language-related Difficulties in Science Learning. I. Motivations and Approaches for a Systematic Study”. Journal of Educational Studies, 4(1).
  20. Manenzhe, NJ; Potgieter, N; van Ree, T. 2004. “Composition and antimicrobial activities of volatile components of Lippia javanica”, Phytochemistry, 65(16), 2333-2336.
  21. Mammino L. 2004. “Mentioning Fuzzy Logic in Theoretical Chemistry Courses: Motivations and Extent”. Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem) 709(Special Issue: a selection of Papers from the Proceedings of the XXVIII International Congress of Theoretical Chemists of Latin Expression, Marrakech, Morocco, September 7-12, 2003), 231-238.
  22. Coetzee P.P., Coetzee L.L, Puka R and Mubenga S. 2003. Characterisation of selected South African clays for defluoridation of natural waters. Water SA 29(3) 331-338.
  23. PT Kaye and IDI Ramaite. 2003. Fragmentation patterns in the electron-impact mass spectra of 2-(N,N-Dialkylamino)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-ones and naphthopyran-4-ones , S. Afr. J. Chem. 56, 25-29.
  24. Krohn, K; Gehle, D; Kamp, O; van Ree, T . 2003. Highly deoxygenated sugars II. Synthesis of chiral cyclopentenes via novel carbocyclization of C-4 branched deoxysugars, J Carbohydr Chem 22, 377-383.
  25. Mammino, L. 2003. Addressing the Abstractness Perception in Theoretical Chemistry Courses, Journal of Molecular Structure ( TheocheM) - Special Issue: a selection of Papers from the Proceedings of the XXVII International Congress of Theoretical Chemists of Latin Expression, Toulouse, France, September 3-8, 2001) , 621 , 27-36.
  26. van Ree, T. 2002. "Catalysis for green chemistry", In Mammino, L. and Tundo, P. (Ed), "Green Chemistry in Africa", IUPAC/INCA: Venice. ISBN: 88 88214 07 0.
  27. Tundo, P and Mammino, L (Eds.). 2002. Green Chemistry in Africa , IUPAC & INCA: Venice (Italy) .
  28. Mammino, L. 2002. The Challenges of Green Chemistry Education, In Tundo, P and Mammino, L, (Eds.), Green Chemistry in Africa, IUPAC & INCA: Venice (Italy), pp 188-208.
  29. Mammino, L. 2002. The Four Elements Theory: an Operational Model of Matter, Chimica nella Scuola, 2 , 43-47 (in Italian).
  30. Vijayan, RP. 2001. Preferential anion exchange intercalation of pyridine carboxylate and toluate isomers in the layered double hydroxide [LiAl2(OH)6]Cl.H2O, J. Mater. Chem., 11, 3276-3280.
  31. Khanbabaee, K; van Ree, T. 2001. "Tannins: classification and definition", Natural Product Reports, 18 (6), 641-649.
  32. Mebe, PP. 2001. Diterpenes from the bark and seeds of Colophospernum mopane, Phytochemistry, 57, 537-539.
  33. Khanbabaee, K; van Ree, T. 2001. "Strategies for the synthesis of ellagitannins", Synthesis, (11), 1585-1610.
  34. Mammino, L. 2001. Some Reflections on the Image of Chemistry, Anales de la Real Sociedad Espanola de Quimica, 97 (2), 48-52 (in Spanish).
  35. Dederen, JJ, Fouché, PSO, Gaigher, IG, Gaigher, MJ, John, RP, Ligavha, MS, Mashau, E, Menné, PF, Nethononda, LO, Szubarga, A, Todd, C, van der Waal, BCW, van Ree, T, Venter, C, Wood, C, and Weisser, P. 2001. A Socio-biological Study of the Aquatic Resources and their Utilization in an Underdeveloped Rural Region, the Mutshindudi River Catchment, WRC Report No. 714/1/01, Pretoria.
  36. Mammino, L. 2001. Physical Quantities and Their Changes. Difficulties and Perceptions by Chemistry Students. SAARMSTE (Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education) Journal, 5 , 29-40.
  37. Mammino, L. 2000-2001. Illustration of Basic Chemistry Problems with the Aid of Simple Computer Programs, Anuario Latinoamericano de Educacion Quimica, XIII, 52-55, (in Spanish).
  38. Dehmlow, EV; Guntenhöner, M; van Ree, T. 2000. " Über die Isolierung von Sitosterin-(6'-O-acyl)-?-D-glucopyranosiden aus Flacourtia indica and über unerwartete Gelbindungen durch das Triacetat", Z Naturforsch, B, 55b , 333-335.
  39. Mammino, L. 2000. Studying the Details of the Transition from the Mother Tongue to the Second Language, In Seepe, S, and Dowling D (Eds), The Language of Science. Vyvlia Publishers (South Africa), pp. 94-101.
  40. Mammino, L. 2000. Educating towards the Language of Science, In Seepe, S, and Dowling D (Eds), The Language of Science. Vyvlia Publishers (South Africa), pp. 72-93.
  41. Mammino, L. 2000. Rigour as a Pedagogical Tool, In Seepe, S, and Dowling D (Eds), The Language of Science. Vyvlia Publishers (South Africa), pp. 52-71.
  42. Mammino, L. 2000. New Chemistry Questions, a teachers' guide. G. D'Anna: Firenze, Italy.
  43. Mammino, L. 2000. New Chemistry Questions. G. D'Anna: Firenze, Italy.
  44. Mammino, L, Mathibeli, N, and Mutambala, G. 2000. Transition from Secondary School Science to University Science. Some Perceptions of Former Science Teachers in Lesotho, SAARMSTE (Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science & Technology Education) Journal, 4(1), 78-86.
  45. Mammino, L. 2000. Chemical Equations: Balancing and Historical Issues, Nuova Secondaria, 10, 89-90 (in Italian).
  46. van Ree, T. 1999. "A chemical profile of the Mutshindudi River, Northern Province", Water Science and Technology, 39 (10-11), 357-360.
  47. Dehmlow, EV; Guntenhöner, M; van Ree, T. 1999. "A novel alkaloid from Fluggea virosa: 14,15-Epoxynorsecurinine", Phytochemistry, 52 (8), 1715-1716.
  48. van Ree, T. 1999. "Computer-assisted idea-generation as a writing support strategy", BSc(Hons) dissertation, Unisa: Pretoria.
  49. Mammino, L. 1999. The Mathematical Atom, Chimica nella Scuola, 4 , 197-110 (in Italian).
  50. Dehmlow, EV; van Ree, T; Jacupovic, J; Guntenhöner, M. 1998. "Note on a novel flavanoid from Cassia and other plants: 2,4-trans-4',7-dihydroxy-4-methoxyflavane", Phytochemistry, 49 (6), 1805-1806.
  51. Dehmlow, EV; van Ree, T; Jacupovic, J; Take, E; Künsting, H. 1998. " Notes on activity tests and constituents of two supposed medicinal plants from South Africa, Englerophytum magalismontanum and Diospyros lycioides Desf. subsp. sericea", J Chem Res(S), 252-253.
  52. Kaye, PT and Ramaite, IDI. 1997. Chromone Studies. Part 9. Dynamic NMR analysis of Rotational Isomerism in 2-(N,N-dialkylamino)chromones, Journal of Chemical Research (S), 414.

The following is a list of staff members and their contact details in the Department of Public Health:

Designation Name Contacts
Professor, Head of Department

Prof. T van Ree
Designition:

Tel: +27 15 962 8262
Email: Teuns.VanRee@univen.ac.za
Ass. Professor

Prof. RP Vijayan
Designition:

Tel: +27 15 962 8279
Email: prasadr@univen.ac.za
Professor

Prof. L Mammino
Designition:

Tel: +27 15 962 8147
Email: liliana@univen.ac.za
Ass. Professor Prof. IDI Ramaite
Designition:

Tel: +27 15 962 8190
Email: isaiahr@univen.ac.za
Senior Lecturer Dr. PP Mebe
Designition:
Tel: +27 15 962 8121
Email: pmebe@univen.ac.za
Lecturer Dr M Legodi
Designition:
Tel: +27 15 962 8536
Email: Malebogo.Legodi@univen.ac.za
Lecturer Mr. LR Puka
Designition:
Tel: +27 15 962 8394
Email: lpuka@univen.ac.za
Lecturer Mr. PEL Mojapelo
Designition:
Tel: +27 15 962 8394
Email: mojapelop@univen.ac.za
Chief Lab Technician Ms C Choate
Designition:

Tel: +27 15 962 8449
Email: choatec@univen.ac.za
Senior Lab Technician

Mr FB Mutshaeni
Designition:

Tel: +27 15 962 8449
Email: Fhumulani.Mutshaeni@univen.ac.za