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Description: Chemistry Keywords: University, Free State, Bloemfontein, UFS, Natural, Agricultural, Science, Chemistry, Department, NMR, Equipment

The Department of Chemistry is spread over the three UFS campuses – the South Campus concentrates on the extended BSc programme as well as the bridging courses (UPP programme); the Qwaqwa Campus caters for the local residential students and specialises in Polymer Science research; and the Bloemfontein Campus teaches approximately 1 000 undergraduate students and does research in all four classic divisions of Chemistry: Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. The postgraduate students in the department include approximately 20 Honours, 18 MSc, and 29 PhD students, as well as 13 postdoctoral associates from as far as India, Germany, the Netherlands, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. The commitment and enthusiasm of Chemistry’s personnel and students were clearly demonstrated by the research outputs of 2016, as manifested by the 71 articles published in national and international accredited journals and 31 presentations made at local and international conferences; five PhD and 10 MSc students graduated from the department.

Please contact us if you are interested in research or a career in Chemistry. South Africa needs scientists to unlock our mineral wealth and to create jobs.

Research equipment available in the department includes:

  • High-performance computing centre
  • 300, 400, and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers
  • Single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers
  • Inductive coupled-plasma (ICP-OES) spectrometer
  • DSC and TGA equipment
  • Gas (GC) and high-performance liquid (HPLC) chromatography
  • Electrochemistry (CV, SW, and LSV)
  • High-pressure and industrial/research microwave reactors

Research areas and groups in the department:

Principal researchers:

For details on postgraduate bursaries (Hons, MSc, and PhD) and postdoctoral positions available in the Department of Chemistry at the UFS, click here.
Address: Department of Chemistry
  University of the Free State
  PO Box 339
T: +27 51 401 9212
F: +27 51 401 7295
Contact: Walter Purcell
T: +27 51 401 2200
E: PurcellW@ufs.ac.za


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