NMR Room

The Department of Chemistry: 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 22 Honours, 43 MSc, and 25 PhD students, as well as 12 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 our 2019 research outputs, as manifested by the 63 articles published in national and international accredited journals and 60 presentations made at local and international conferences; eight PhD, six MSc and 18 Honours students graduated from the department. Our Crystallographic Laboratory is currently undergoing a multi-million rand upgrade with the installation of the most advanced single crystal X-ray diffractometer installed in South Africa.

Research areas and groups in the department
Research equipment available in the department includes
  • 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
  • Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionisation (MALDI-TOF)
  • Electrochemistry (CV, SW, and LSV)
  • High-pressure and industrial/research microwave reactors
Principal researchers

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.


Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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