Dr Nomampondomise Molefe
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Short CV

  1. Professional Preparation

NF (Mpondi) Molefe completed her BSc and BSc-honours degrees at the then University of Transkei, the now Walter Sisulu University in 1999 and 2000 respectively. She won a silver medal in an Annual South African Chemical Institute (Eastern Cape) Post Graduate Symposium held at Rhodes University in 1999 during her honors studies where she presented a talk on "Optimization of reaction parameters for the synthesis of meta-aminoacetophenone". She then worked as a Mathematics and Physical Science teacher at St. James High School from late 2000 till 2003. She then joined the University of the Free State as a junior lecturer in 2003 till 2008 after which she was promoted to a lecturer. She enrolled for MSc “Synthesis, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics and structural properties of phenyl-containing beta-diketonato complexes of rhodium (I)” and PhD “Synthesis, electrochemistry, phase studies and computational chemistry of gamma-substituted beta-diketonato-carbonyl complexes of rhodium (I)” completed in 2007 and 2014 respectively under the supervision of Prof Jeanet Conradie in Prof Jannie C. Swarts’s laboratory at the University of the Free State.

In 2015 she obtained a certificate for a NQF level 8 course on “Strengthening Doctoral Supervision” through Rhodes University offered by Nuffic which is the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. This has prepared her for a successful supervision of post graduate students.



  • Nomampondomise F. Stuurman, Blenerhassitt E. Buitendach, Linette Twigge, Pieter J. Swarts and Jeanet Conradie, Rhodium(triphenylphosphine)carbonyl-2,4-dioxo-3-pentyl-4-decanyloxybenzoate: synthesis, electrochemistry and oxidative addition kinetics, New J. Chem. (2018), DOI: 10.1039/c7nj05039a
  • Nomampondomise F. Stuurman, Alfred Muller and Jeanet Conradie.: Structural trends in [Rh(PhCOCHCO(CH2)nCH3)(CO)(PPh3)] (n=0–3) and related complexes: crystal structure of [Rh(PhCOCHCO(CH2)2CH3)(CO)(PPh3)], Transition Met. Chem. (2013), 38, 429-440.
  • Nomampondomise F. Stuurman, Alfred Muller and Jeanet Conradie.: Conformational analysis of triphenylphosphine in square planar [Rh(ß-diketonato)(CO)(PPh3)] complexes. Crystal structure of [Rh(PhCOCHCO(CH2)3CH3)(CO)(PPh3)], Inorganica Chimica Acta. (2013), 395, 237-244.
  • Nomampondomise F. Stuurman, Reinout Meijboom and Jeanet Conradie.: Characterization of [Rh(PhCOCHCOCH2CH2CH3)(CO)2] by X-ray crystallography,a computational and a statistical study. Polyhedron (2011), 30, 660-665.
  • Kathrin H. Hopman, Nomampondomise F. Stuurman, Alfred Muller and Jeanet Conradie.: Substitution and isomerization of asymmetric beta-diketonato Rhodium(I) complexes: A crystallographic and computational study, Organometallics, (2010), 29, 2446-2458.
  • Nomampondomise F. Stuurman, Jeanet Conradie,: Iodomethane oxidative addition and CO migratory insertion in monocarbonylphosphine complexes of the type [Rh((C6H5)COCHCO((CH2)nCH3))(CO)(PPh3)], Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, (2009), 694, 259-268.


  1. Current research
  • Strategies to design transition metal containing derivatives with a possibility to polymerize. Primary focus will be to enhance stable thermal properties and possible mesogenic properties. Ligands therefore are closely investigated as they are responsible for the phase behavior of the synthesized metallomesogens. Detailed examination of transition temperatures of ligands determine a consequence of incorporating a metal. Detailed study on electrochemical activity, photochromic activity and conductivity of these materials provide a broader insight on their possible application.
  • A natural fibre, nanocellulose is our bio-based material as an envisaged reinforcement on synthesized organometallic compounds/polymers. Cellulose attracted our attention as one of the most abundant natural polymer. This approach is anticipated to still maintain some of the favorable properties of our bio-based material (cellulose) but as well bring along the robust and stable properties of the metallic compound since it is still a lot of a challenge to develop total ‘green’ systems with high performance standards at the same time. Thermal and thermomechanical methods of analysis are employed as well as microscopic and spectroscopic methods.

Area(s) of Interest

  1. Area(s) of Interest
  • Synthesis of organometallic complexes
  • Chemistry of liquid crystals (Organometallic liquid-crystalline semiconductors)
  • Bio-based liquid crystalline nanomaterial
  • Electrochemistry

Courses Presented

    1. Courses Presented
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Inorganic Polymers
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Organometallic  compounds/polymers
    • Liquid Crystal compounds/polymers


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