Prof Andreas Roodt
Outstanding Professor
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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: University of Lausanne, Switzerland (8 visits); 1994-2001; and Lund University, Sweden (15 visits); 1996-2012.
  • Full Professor: University of Johannesburg/ (RAU) 2002-4; & Dept Chairperson: Chemistry (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]. 2013-
  • UFS Research Committee: 2017-
  • President: European Crystallographic Association (ECA) [>5000 academics; 40 Countries] 2012-15.

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.

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.

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: 46 MSc and 35 PhD (Already graduated). Students Current: 11 MSc and PhD, and 4 Post-Docs in group.





Publications (Short List)

Selected Papers since 2010:

202. Johnson, M.T., Johansson, R. Kondrashow, M.V. Steyl, G. Ahlquist, M.. Roodt, A. & Wendt, O.F. Mechanisms of CO2 Insertion in (PCP) Palladium Allyl & Methyl s-Bonds: Kinetic & Computational Study. Organometallics 2010, 29: 3521-29.

227. Schutte, M. Kemp, G. Visser, H.G. Roodt, A.  Tuning the Reactivity in Classic Low-Spin d(6) Rhenium(I) Tricarbonyl Radiopharmaceutical Synthon by Selective Bidentate Ligand Variation (L,L `-Bid, L,L ` = N,N `, N,O, and O,O ` Donor Atom Sets) in fac-[Re(CO)3(L,L `-Bid)(MeOH)]n Complexes. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 12486-12498.

230. Monnahela, O.S., Villakazi, B.M., Wagener, J.B. Roodt, A. Carstens, P.A.B. Retief, W.L. A thermogravimetric study of the fluorination of zirconium and hafnium oxides with fluorine gas. J. Fluor. Chem. 2012, 135, 246-249.

233. Schutte, M. Roodt, A. Visser, H.G. Coordinated Aqua vs Methanol Substitution Kinetics in fac-Re(I) Tricarbonyl Tropolonato Complexes. Inorg. Chem. 201251, 11996-12006.

254. Hill, T.N. Steyl, G., Roodt, A. Electronic influence of beta-diketonato-type ligands on the coordination of 1,5-cyclooctadiene to palladium(II) as defined by `Venus fly trap` geometric parameters.  Acta Crystallog. Section B.  2013, 69, 36-42.

256. Cloete, N., Visser, H.G., Engelbrecht, I., Overett, M.J., Gabrielli, W.F., Roodt, A. Ethylene Tri- and Tetramerization: Steric Parameter Selectivity Switch from X-ray Crystallography & Computational Analysis. Inorganic Chemistry 2013, 52, 2268-70. 

261. Brink, A., Visser, H.G. and Roodt, A. Activation of Rhenium(I) Toward Substitution in fac-[Re(N,O’-Bid)(CO)3(HOCH3)] by Schiff-Base Bidentate Ligands (N,O’-Bid). Inorganic Chemistry 2013. 52: 8950-8961.

265. Hennion, C., Jonasson, K.J., Wendt, O.F. and Roodt, A. Kinetic and mechanistic investigation of the substitution reactions of four and five co-ordinated rhodium stibine complexes with a bulky phosphite. Dalton Transactions 2013, 42: 14134-14139

273. Brink, A., Visser, H.G. and Roodt, A. 2014. Solid State Isostructural Behavior and Quantified Limiting Substitution Kinetics in Schiff-Base Bidentate Ligand Complexes fac-[Re(O,N-Bid)(CO)3(MeOH)]. Inorganic Chemistry 2014, 53: 12480-12488

275. Brink, A., Truedsson, I., Fleckhaus, A., Johnson, M.T., Norrby, P.O., Roodt, A. and Wendt, O.F. Fast and reversible insertion of carbon dioxide into zirconocene–alkoxide bonds. A mechanistic study. Dalton Transactions 2014, 43: 8894- 8898.

278.  Warsink, S., Venter, J.A., & Roodt, A., NHC-amide donor ligands in rhodium complexes: Syntheses and characterization. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2015, 775, 195-201.

279. Twala,T.N., Schutte-Smith, M., Roodt,  A. & Visser, H. G. Activation of the Manganese(I) Tricarbonyl Core by Selective Variation of Bidentate Ligands (L,L’-Bid = N,N’ and N,O Donor Atom Sets) in fac-[Mn(CO)3(L,L’-Bid)(CH3OH)]n complexes. Dalton Transactions 2015, 44, 3278-3288.

288. Frei, A., Sidler, D., Mokolokolo, P.P., Braband, H., Fox, T., Spingler, B., Roodt, A., Alberto, R. Kinetics and Mechanism of CO Exchange in fac-[MBr2(solvent)(CO)3]- (M = Re, Tc-99). Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 55, 9352-9360.

292. Bolotin, D.S., Burianova, V.K., Novikov, A.S., Demakova, M.Ya., Pretorius, C., Mokolokolo, P.P., Roodt, A., Bokach, N.A., Suslonov, V.V., Zhdanov, A.P., Zhizhin, K.Y., Kuznetsov, N.T., Kukushkin, V.Yu. Nucleophilicity of Oximes Based upon Addition to a Nitrilium closo-Decaborate Cluster. Organometallics 2016, 35, 3612-3623.

296. Dmitrii S. Bolotin, D.S., Il’in, M.V., Kolesnikov, I.E., Vitaliy V. Suslonov, V.V., Novozhilov, Y., Ronzhina, O., Krasavin, M., Boyarskiy, V.M., Koen, R. Roodt, A. Fluorescent (pyrazolyl acetoxime) ZnII complexes: Synthetic, structural, and photophysical studies. Inorg. Chim. Acta 2017, 455 9–14.

297. Zbacnik, M.; Piculjan, K.; Parlov-Vukovic, J.; Novak, P.; Roodt, A.  Four thermochromic o-hydroxy Schiff bases of a-aminodiphenylmethane: Solution and solid state study.  Crystals 2017, 7, Article number 25, 22pp.

298. Raleaooa, P.V.; Roodt, A.; Mhlongo, G.G.; Motaung, D.E., Kroon, R.E., Ntwaeaborwa, O.M. Luminescent, magnetic and optical properties of ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites. Physica B: Condensed Matter 2017, 507,13-20.

300. M.M. Conradie, P.H. van Rooyen, C. Pretorius, A. Roodt, J. Conradie. Rhodium-rhodium interactions in [Rh(beta-diketonato)(CO)2] complexes. Journal of Molecular Structure 2017, 1144, 280-289

302, Il`in, M.V.; Bolotin, D.S.; Novikov, A.S.; Suslonov, V.V.; Chezhina, N.V.; Bubnov, M.P.; Cherkasov, V.K.; Venter, G.J.S.; Roodt, A. Square-planar Aminonitronate Trans Metal Complexes (M = CuII, NiII, PdIIPtII). Inorg. Chim. Acta 2017, 467, 372.

305. Mokolokolo, P.P., Frei, A., Tsosane, M.S., Kama, D.V., Schutte-Smith, M., Brink, A., Visser, H.G., Meola, G., Alberto, R. Roodt, A. Nuclearity manipulation in Schiff-base fac-tricarbonyl complexes of Mn(I) & Re(I), Inorg. Chim. Acta 2018, 471, 249-256.



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 Boyarsky 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 dissertations.

    PhD (Inorganic Chemistry): Supervisor of theses.

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