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 17 Honours, 59 MSc, and 38 PhD students, as well as 10 postdoctoral associates from as far as Germany, Taiwan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. The commitment and enthusiasm of Chemistry’s personnel and students were clearly demonstrated by the research outputs of 2017, as manifested by the 61 articles published in national and international accredited journals and 36 presentations made at local and international conferences; nine PhD and seven 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 areas and groups in the department:

  • High-performance computing centre
  • 300, 400, and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers
  • Solid state NMR spectrometer
  • Single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers
  • Inductive coupled-plasma (ICP-OES & IPC-MS) spectrometers
  • DSC and TGA equipment
  • Gas (GC & GC-MS) and high-performance liquid (HPLC) chromatography
  • Martix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI-TOF)
  • Electrochemistry (CV, SW, and LSV)
  • High-pressure and industrial/research microwave reactors

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
Telephone: +27 51 401 9212
Fax: +27 51 401 7295
Head of Department: Walter Purcell
Telelephone: +27 51 401 2200



Faculty Manager: Ms Lee-Ann Frazenburg
T: +27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Mrs Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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