Prof Elizabeth Erasmus
Associate Professor
2 209
IB 48
051 4019656
Chemistry Building 209

Short CV

Elizabeth (Lizette) Erasmus completed her M.Sc. in 2003 at the University of the Free State, working on titanium beta-diketonato complexes for medical applications. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2006 from the same university where she worked on ruthenoceneyl-containing beta-diketonato titanium complexes, with the focus being on their electrochemical properties and some kinetic aspects.

She is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Free State. Her main research focus is surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. Lizette has worked as a Senior Researcher at the CSIR before joining the Physical chemistry group at the University of the Free State in 2009. Since then she has made a number of international research visits to the labs of Prof Hans Niemantsverdriet at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Prof Bruce Gates at the University of California Davis in the United State of America.

Dr. Erasmus’s research mainly focuses on bimetallic heterogeneous catalyst prepared from single source heteronuclear organometallic compounds.


Publications (Short List)

E. Erasmus, J. Conradie, A. Muller, J.C. Swarts, Synthesis, crystal structure and electrochemistry of tetrahedral mono-b-titanocenyl complexes, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 360, 2007, 2277-2283. 

D.M. Maree, E.W. Neuse E. Erasmus and J.C. Swarts, , Synthesis and anchoring of antineoplastic ferrocene and phthalocyanine derivatives on water-soluble polymeric drug carriers derived from lysine and aspartic acid, Metal based drugs, Artcle ID 217573, 2008, vol 2008, 10 pages.       Doi:10.1155/2008/217573. 

 E. Erasmus and R. Anadjiwala, Studies on enhancement of mechanical properties and interfacial adhesion of flax reinforced polypropylene composites, Journal of Thermoplastic Composites, 2009, 485-502.

 E. Erasmus and F.A. Barkhuysen, Superhydrophobic cotton by fluoro silane modification, Indian Journal of Fibre en Textile research, Indian Journal of Fibre Textile Research, 34, 2009, 377-379.

 H.J. Gericke, N.I. Barnard, E. Erasmus, J.C. Swarts, M.J. Cook and M.A.S. Aquino, The use of [N(nBu)4][B(C6F5)4] as a supporting electrolyte to enhance observation of intermolecular communication in a multi redox-active diruthenium tetraferrocenoate, triple-sandwiched dicadmium phthalocyanine and a ruthenocene-containing b-diketone, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 363, 2010, 2222-2232.

 A. Hildebrandt, T. Ruffer, E. Erasmus, J.C. Swarts and H. Lang, A Star-Shaped Supercrowded 2,3,4,5-Tetraferrocenylthiophene: Synthesis, Solid-State Structure, and Electrochemistry, Organomet., 29, 2010, 4900-4905.

 E. Fourie, E. Erasmus, J.C. Swarts, A. Tuchscherer, A. Jacob, H. Lang, G.A. Joone, C.E.J. Van Rensburg, Cytotoxicity of Ferrocenyl-Ethynyl Phosphine Metal Complexes of Gold and Platinum, Anticancer Research, 31, 2011, 825-830.

 E. Erasmus, Ferrocene- and ruthenocene-containing chalcones: A spectroscopic and electrochemical study, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 378, 2011, 95-101.

 Muller TJ, Conradie J, Erasmus E, 2012, A spectroscopic, electrochemical and DFT study of para-substituted ferrocene-containing chalcone derivatives: Structure of FcCOCHCH(p-tBuC6H4). Polyhedron, 33: 257 - 266.

 Fourie E, Erasmus, Swarts JC, Tuchscherer A, Jakob A, Lang H, Joone G, Van Rensburg C.E.J., 2012, Cytotoxicity of Hydrophylic Silver Carboxylato Complexes. Anticancer Research, 32: 519 - 522.

 Erasmus E, Thune P, Verhoeven M, Niemantsverdriet J, Swarts JC, 2012, A new approach to silver-catalysed aerobic oxidation of octadecanol: Probing catalysts utilising a flat, two-dimensional silicon-based model support system. Catalysis Communications, 27: 193 - 199.

 Speck J, Claus R, Hildebrandt A, Ruffer T, Erasmus E, Van As L, Swarts JC, Lang H, 2012, Electron Transfer Studies on Ferrocenylthiophenes: Synthesis, Properties, and Electrochemistry. Organometallics, 31: 6373 - 6380.

 Erasmus E, Niemantsverdriet J, Swarts JC, 2012, Preparation and Characterization of Supported Bimetallic PdIV-CoIII Model Catalyst from Organometallic Single Source Precursor for Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols. Langmuir, 28: 16477 - 16484.

 Erasmus E, Swarts JC, 2013, Intramolecular communication and electrochemical observation of the 17-electron ruthenocenium cation in fluorinated ruthenocene-containing b-diketones; polymorphism of C10H21 and C10F21 derivatives, New. J. Chem., 2013, 37, 2862


Trzebiatowska-Gusowska M, Gagor A, Coetsee E, Erasmus E, Swart HC, Swarts JC, 2013, Nano islet formation of formyl- and carboxyferrocene, -ruthenocene, -osmocene and cobaltocenium on amine-functionalized silicon wafers highlighted by crystallographic, AFM and XPS studies, J. Organomet. Chem. 745-746, 393.

 Erasmus E, 2013, Hydrogenation of Cinnamaldehyde over an Ionic Cobalt Promoted Alumina-Supported Palladium Catalyst, S. Afr. J. Chem., 66, 216–220, .


Conradie MM, Conradie J, Erasmus E, 2014, Immobilisation of iron tris(b-diketonates) on a two-dimensional, flat amine functionalised silicon wafer: A catalytic study of the formation of urethane, from ethanol and a diisocyanate derivative, Polyhedron, 79, 52

 Erasmus E, 2014, Synthesis and Electrochemistry of Dimetallocene-Containing Titanocenyl (IV) Complexes, J Phys Chem Biophys, 4:4


Erasmus E, 2014, Synthesis and unexpected electrochemical reaction of p-substituted phenyl diphenylphosphinites, J Electroanal Chem., 727, 1.

van As A, Joubert CC, Buitendach BE, Erasmus E, Conradie J, Cammidge AN, Chambrier I, Cook MJ, Swarts JC, 2015, Tetrabenzoporphyrin and -mono-, -cis-di- and Tetrabenzotriazaporphyrin Derivatives: Electrochemical and Spectroscopic Implications of meso CH Group Replacement with Nitrogen, Inorg Chem, 54, 5329.

Erasmus E, 2016, Synthesis and electrochemistry of p-substituted phenyl diphenylphosphinite rhodium(I) complexes, Polyhedron, 106, 18-26.

 Liu R. Conradie J. Erasmus E, 2016, Comparison of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy multiplet splitting of Cr 2p peaks from chromium tris(ß-diketonates) with chemical effects, J. Elect. Spec. Rel. Phen. 206, 46-51.

 Buitendach B, Erasmus E, Landman M, Niemantsverdriet JWH, Swarts JC, 2016, Consequences of Electron-Density Manipulations on the X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Properties of Ferrocenyl-ß-diketonato Complexes of Manganese(III).  Structure of [Mn(FcCOCHCOCH3)3], Inorg. Chem. 55, 1992-2000.

 Erasmus E, 2016, Investigation of the properties of kaolin upon thermal treatment, Hemijska Industrija, 70, 595-601. DOI:10.2298/HEMIND150720066E.

 Erasmus E, 2016, Spectroscopic monitoring of carbonylation reactions on zeolite supported rhodium(I) carbonyls, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 451, 197-201.


Erasmus E, Muller AJ, Siegert U, Swarts JC, 2016, Synthesis by ligand exchange and electrochemistry of ruthenocenylcontaining b-diketonato complexes of titanocene. Structure of [TiCp2(RcCOCHCOCH3)][ClO4], J. Organomet. Chem. 821, 62-70.

 Erasmus E, Claassen JO, van der Westhuizen WA, 2015, Catalytic wet oxidation of formic acid in wastewater with natural occuring iron ore, Water SA, 42, 442-448.

 Conradie J, Erasmus E, 2016, XPS Fe 2p peaks from iron tris(ß-diketonates): electronic effect of the ß-diketonato ligand, Polyhedron, 119, 142-150.


Buitendach B, Erasmus E, Niemantsverdriet JWH, Swarts JC, 2016, Charge transfer and multiplet splitting in the Mn 2p and Fe 2p X-ray photoelectron envelopes of manganese(III) ferrocenyl-ß-diketonato complexes, Molecules, 21, 1427 -1442.

 Jansen van Rensburg A, Landman M, Erasmus E. van der Westhuizen D, Ferreira H, Conradie MM, Conradie J, 2016, Electrochemical and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic insights into Molybdenum(0) Fischer ethoxycarbene complexes, Electrochimica Acta, 219, 204-213.

  Gostynski R, Fraser R, Landman M, Erasmus E, Conradie J, 2017, Synthesis and Characterization of Si-Supported Chromium(0) Fischer Aminocarbene complexes, J. Organomet. Chem. 836-837, 62-67.

 Gostynski R, Fraser R, Landman M, Erasmus E, Conradie J, 2017, Electrochemical study of Chromium(0) Fischer Carbene complexes: Trends in redox potential, Polyhedron, 127, 323 - 330.

 Gostynski R, Conradie J, Erasmus E, 2017, Significance of the electron-density of molecular fragments on the properties of manganese(III) b-diketonato complexes: An XPS and DFT study, RCS Advances, 7, 27718 – 27728.

 Jansen van Rensburg A, Landman M, van Rooyen, PH, Conradie MM, Erasmus E, Conradie J, 2017, Structural and electronic features of triphenylstibine-functionalized Fischer carbene complexes of Molybdenum(0), Polyhedron. 133, 307 - 318.

 Jansen van Rensburg A, Landman M, van Rooyen, PH, Conradie MM, Erasmus E, Conradie J, 2017, Electrochemistry of triphenylstibine-functionalized Fischer carbene complexes of Molybdenum(0), ElectroChim. Acta,246, 897-907.

Erasmus E, 2017, Electronic effects of group fragments on the XPS of Fe 2p and 3p photoelectron lines of ferrocenyl-containing chalcones,. SA Journal of chemistry. 70, 94-99.

Gerber SJ, Erasmus E, 2018, Electronic effects of metal hexacyanoferrates: An XPS and FTIR study, Mat. Chem. Phys., 203, 73-81.

 Erasmus E, 2018, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy: charge transfer in Fe 2p peaks and inner-sphere reorganization of ferrocenyl-containing chalcones, J. Elect. Spec. Rel. Phen. 223, 84-88.



Area(s) of Interest

Organometallic chemistry


Surface Science

Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis

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