Professor Jeanet Conradie was invited to present a lecture at the 1 000 IμS symposium at the Centre for Supramolecular Chemistry Research, Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town, South Africa. 


The Chemistry Department, led by Dr Linette Twigge, together with Bruker South Africa hosted the 2019 Bruker NMR User’s Meeting which was attended by 35 NMR users from various academic and industrial institutions from around South Africa.  Participants of the meeting presented their individual NMR research, while Dr. Rainer Kerssebaum, Bruker’s Liquid-state NMR specialist, and Dr. Gerhard Althoff-Ospelt, Bruker’s Solid-state NMR specialist, presented workshops on NMR tips and tricks, as well as new techniques in their respective fields. Prof Conradie presented a talk entitled “Trends in 103Rh NMR of Rh-betadiketonatocomplexes”, as well as Dr Bonnet with the title “Isolation and characterization of glucosylatediridoids from Aptosimumelongatum”.

Staff and students from Organic Chemistry attended the 2019 Frank Warren Organic Chemistry conference which was held in the Drakensberg from 7-11 July 2019. Hosted approximately every year since 1961, the Frank Warren has become the premier Organic Chemistry Conference in the South African Chemical Institute’s calendar. This year’s theme was Green Chemistry which was an initiative led by the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany.

Dr Scutte-Smith and a student from Inorganic Chemistry, Jeaneme Kuhn, attended the Southern African Wildlife Management Association’s Symposium on Sustainable landscapes for wildlife conservation and management from 1 to 5 September 2019 in Wilderness, South Africa.

The 70th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry (http://www.ise-online.org) was held in Durban, 4 – 9 August 2019.  The meeting was attended by Prof Jeanet Conradie and five of her students, Dr Adebayo Azeez Adeniyi (post doctoral fellow of prof Conradie) and Prof Vladimir Azov. Five lectures and seven posters were presented at the ISE conference by the UFS delegates. Two students won poster prizes for the best poster presented in Symposium 14, Molecular Electrochemistry.

The Department of Chemistry held an International FreeStatePhyChem Symposium on 12 August 2019 organized by Prof Jeanet Conradie and Prof Lyudmila Moskaleva. The symposium was aimed to strengthen the international collaborations of the Department and to foster interest and engagement of students in physical chemistry research. The program was very intensive with three keynote lectures by Prof Jiří Ludvík from Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Republic, Prof Gunther Wittstock from Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, and Prof Jannie Swarts from University of the Free State, 15 oral presentations and 10 poster presentations. Intensive discussions among students and senior researchers during coffee breaks, lunch and dinner followed the official part of the program.  Also see out web page at fb.me/FreeStatePhyChem.

Prof Jeanet Conradie paid a research visit to the UiT The Arctic University of Norway during Sept – Oct 2019. Her collaborative research with the Inorganic and Materials Chemistry group under leadership of Prof Abhik Ghosh, mainly entails computational chemistry calculations on High Performance Computers. 

The UFS also hosted ReMec2: 2nd Symposium on Reaction Mechanisms in collaboration with the University of Zurich, from 28 October to 1 November 2019 in Johannesburg-Qwa-Qwa-Bloemfontein, South Africa. The following presentations were given:  Oral Presentation by Dr Schutte-Smith – ‘Methanol substitution in fac-[Re(Trop)(CO)3(CH3OH)] – an ambient and high-pressure kinetic investigation’, Oral Presentation by Pheello Nkoe – ‘A Mechanistic study of bipyridine and β-diketone bidentate ligand interactions on the Rhenium(I) tricarbonyl core’, Oral Presentation by Pennie Mokolokolo– ‘Schiff Bases, an Unending Journey’, and a Poster Presentation by Kina Muller – ‘Theoretical and Solid State Investigation of Copper(II) O,O’-Bidentate and Copper (I) Triphenylphosphine Complexes’.

Dr Ernie Langner, together with Dr Wynand Nel from Computer Science and Informatics organized the annual ‘Studentesimposium in die Natuurwetenskappe’ of  the ‘Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns’, hosted on the UFS Bloemfontein campus on the 31 October - 1 November 2019.  It was attended by 90 post-graduate students and lecturers from the UFS, UJ, NWU, UP, US and UWC.  Through this annual  Symposium the use of Afrikaans as an academic language in the Natural Sciences is promoted and celebrated.


A PhD student from the Inorganic group attended the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry from 30 July to 4 August 2018 in Sendai, Japan. An Oral Presentation by Amanda-Lee Manicum (UFS Chemistry) – ‘Steric- and electronic influences in a solid- and solution state study of phosphine coordinated fac-[Re(O,O’-bid)] tricarbonyl complexes’ was presented at this conference.

Dr Scutte-Smith attended the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress from 26-30 August 2018 in Liverpool, England and gave an oral presentation with the title ‘A Solid State and Mechanistic Study of Carbonyl Activation in Rhenium (I) Complexes’.

One of our Inorganic PhD students, Pennie Mokolokolo, attended the Indaba 9 conference from 2 to 7 September 2018, in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa. He delivered an Oral Presentation – ‘Rhodium(I) Carbonyl Complexes as Model Nano-Wired assemblies’.

In 2018 the UFS hosted ReMec1: 1st Symposium on Reaction Mechanisms in collaboration with the University of Zurich, from 13 to 14 November 2018 in Bloemfontein. The following presentations were given: Oral Presentation by Dumisani Kama – ‘Selective Diphosphinoamine Ligand Design: For Platinum-Group Metal Catalysts and Group 7 Theranostic Synthons‘, Oral Presentation by Pennie Mokolokolo– ‘Electronic and steric manipulation of Schiff-base and Oxine-type ligand systems to selected middle and late transition metal carbonyl cores’, Oral Presentation by Mokete Motente – ‘Radiopharmaceuticals: Developing potential radiopharmaceutical agents using natural product ligand systems’, Oral Presentation by Pheello Nkoe– ‘Investigation of the coordination behavior of nitrogen and oxygen containing ligands with rhenium(I) tricarbonyl and the potential use as radiopharmaceuticals’, and Oral Presentation (Keynote) by Marietjie Schutte-Smith – ‘Carbonyl Activation in Rhenium(I) Complexes – a solid and solution state study’.


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