Prof Andreas Roodt
Outstanding Professor
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051 4012547
Chemistry Building 3

Short CV

Andreas Roodt`s Academic and Professional Career may be briefly summarized as follows:

  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor: Univ. Free State; 1984-1995.
  • Post doctoral fellow: University of Cincinnati (prof EA Deutsch); 1988-89.
  • Full Professor: Inorganic Chemistry, University of the Free State; 1995-2002.
  • Visiting professor: Univ of Lausanne, Switzerland:  1994-2001; and Lund University, Sweden: 1996-2012; Univ of Zurich, Switzerland: 2007-2019.
  • Full Professor: University of Johannesburg/ (RAU) 2002-4; & Dept Chairperson: Chemistry (UJ/ RAU) 2004.
  • Distinguished Professor: University of the Free State (UFS) since 2005.
  • Departmental Chairperson: UFS Chemistry; 2007- 2015.
  • Dean: South African Young Scientist Summer Programme (SA-YSSP1-3) with IIASA, Vienna, Austria; 3x 3months; 2012-2014.

General Academic related Management:

  • Managing/ co-managing Upgrade of UFS Chemistry Building: >R65 Million; Equipment > R60 Million: 2007-2011.
  • UFS Senate: 1995-2002; 2005-current (Univ. Johannesburg: Senate 2002-2004); Faculty Management: Natural and Agricultural Science: 2004 (Univ. Johannesburg); UFS: 2007-2015.
  • Cluster Director: UFS Strategic Academic Cluster on Materials and Nanosciences: 2008-2013.
  • Research Committee: UFS Faculty of Science [Chair: 2013-2014]. Since 2013; and UFS Research Committee: since 2017.
  • President: European Crystallographic Association (ECA) [>5000 academics; 40 Countries] 2012-2015.

NRF Rating: B2 (Internationally acclaimed researcher):  1997-2011; 2018-2023.


Other Academic, Science and Research Management:

PhD Examination Panel: Univ Lund (Sweden); (2x; and Faculty opponent) and Univ of Lausanne (Switzerland), and 8 South African Universities; Chairperson: Prize Committee for Max Perutz prize: European Crystallographic Association (ECA), 2006-2012. Chairperson: Prize Committee for Felix Bertaut prize (young researchers) of ECA, 2009-2012. Executive Committee: European Crystallographic Association and Vice-president [2003-2009; 2009-2012].

Memberships and Societies:

European Crystallographic Association, Individual Member, 2000-; National Committee for Crystallography of IUCr, 2000-2013; Principal Member: DST Centre of Excellence: Catalysis, 2004-; Royal Society of Chemistry, 2006-; American Chemical Society, 2006-; Fellow: Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) FRSC: 2010-; International Fellow of the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, Sweden, elected 2009; South African Academy of Sciences: 2011-; Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia: Member International Advisory Board.

Organising Conferences: Since 2000: Chairperson: Organizing Committees: 5 International Conferences; Member Organizing Committees > 15 international conferences.

Session Chairs at conferences: Since 2000: Chaired > 25 different Plenary, Keynote and Microsymposia sessions at International conferences across Europe.

Chemistry Journals Editor: Inorganic Editor, South African Journal of Chemistry, 1999-2004; Editorial Board, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 2003-; Co-Editor: Acta Crystallographica, Section E, 2007-10. Guest Editor: Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie (SATNT), 2019.

Collaboration (2000-current): Academic groups: in UK, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Tunisia, Poland, Russia, South Africa, India.  Industries: SASOL (Sasolburg, SA); Free State Province (Bloemfontein, SA); Nuclear MedScience (Bloemfontein, SA); Pet Labs Ltd. (Pretoria); Klydon Ltd. (Pretoria); NECSA (Pretoria).

Consultant: SASOL: 2003-2009.

Funding Sourced: (Non UFS; Since 2005): SASOL: >R15 Million, 2005-; SA NRF (Thrip): >R18 Million; NECSA: >R3 Million 2008-; Eskom: >R2 Million; Swiss NRF (collaboration): >R3 Million; Swedish NFR (SIDA: collaboration): > R2 Million; PETLabs Pharmaceuticals: >R2 Million. Total: > R45 Million; or > R4 Million pa. for 12-year period. 2019: R12.5 Million (SA NRF and UFS: new state-of-the-art Single Crystal X-ray diffraction equipment [co-applicant Dr Alice Brink].

Research articles: Author of +300 original articles [>15 invited articles] in international ISI journals within Coordination Chemistry, X-ray crystallography, kinetics and reaction mechanisms & nuclear medicine; More than 100 oral, Plenary and Keynote presentations on invitation at Conferences and other universities.

Students Supervised: 50 MSc and 37 PhD (Already graduated). Students Current: 10 MSc and PhD, and 4 Post-Docs in group.






Publications (Short List)

 315. To be updated

318. M.V. Bobrynin, C. Pretorius, D.V. Kama, A. Roodt, V.P. Boyarskiy, R.M. Islamova. Rhodium(I)-catalysed cross-linking of polysiloxanes condicted at room temperature. Journal of Catalysis 2019, 372, 193-200.

320. M. Schutte-Smith, A. Roodt, H.G. Visser. Ambient and high-pressure kinetic investigation of methanol substitution in fac-[Re(Trop)(CO)3(MeOH)] by different monodentate nucleophiles. Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 9984-9997. 




The Roodt Group focuses on Fundamental and Applied Coordination Chemistry and the integrated investigation of Reaction Mechanisms through the use of crystallography, spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and in particular advanced reaction kinetics.

Four research thrusts probe the applications to:

(i) medicine (radiopharmaceutical and chemotherapeutic models; since 1990`s);

(ii) industrial reactions/homogeneous catalysis/applied process chemistry (since mid 1990`s);

(iii) the development of metal beneficiation technology (since 2007);

(iv) coordination chemistry in the environment (since 2010): special focus on carbon dioxide utilisation and hydrogen generation via solar techniques (since 2016).

The research on medical aspects of pharmaceutical model compounds is in collaboration with Prof Roger Alberto (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Dr Marija Zbacnik (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Dr Gerdus Kemp (PETLaboratories and Klydon, SA), and Prof Ted E Kroon (Physics, University of the Free State, SA). Similarly, the group’s research on model homogeneous catalysts are in collaboration with Profs Vadim Kukushkin and Vadim Boyarskiy from the State University of Saint Petersburg, Russia and Dr Esna du Plessis (SASOL). On metal beneficiation the focus is with Dr. Johann Nel from NECSA and for carbon dioxide and water splitting the collaboration is again with Prof Roger Alberto from Zurich, Switzerland.






    Area(s) of Interest

    Research Interests:

    Homogeneous Catalysis. Coordination, organometallic, and bio-inorganic chemistry in liquid and solid phase with reference to Reaction Mechanisms for oxidative addition, substitution, and exchange processes on the platinum group metals and middle transition metal radiopharmaceutical models.

    Broad expertise and interest in Reaction Kinetics, X-ray crystallography, Multi-Nuclear NMR, ambient and High-Pressure UV/vis and IR spectroscopy, and Computational Chemistry.

    Courses Presented

    BSc: 3rd Year (Inorganic Chemistry).

    BSc (Hons): Both modules Inorganic Chemistry.

    MSc (Inorganic Chemistry): Supervisor of 50 MSc dissertations. 

    PhD (Inorganic Chemistry): Supervisor of 37 PhD theses.


    Community Service

    Service Learning


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