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The research initiatives in the department cover a range of topics and research areas as outlined below. The two NRF/DST Research Chairs awarded to the department – in Nanostructured Functional Materials and Advanced Macromolecular Architectures, respectively – are highlights of its important strengths. In addition, the department is also well-known for its work in separation science, in platinum group metals and catalysis, while its research programmes in Polymer Science and Chemical Biology are unique to Chemistry departments in South Africa. To learn more about the research performed by individual groups in our department, please follow the links below.

analiticalAnalytical Chemistry

Relevant research groups:
De Villiers, Koch

inorganicInorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
Relevant research groups:
, Koch, Luckay, Malgas-Enus, Mapolie

organicOrganic Chemistry
Relevant research groups:
van Otterlo

physicalPhysical Chemistry
Relevant research groups:
Esterhuysen, Gerber, Verhoeven


materialsSupramolecular & Materials Chemistry

Relevant research groups:
Esterhuysen, Haynes,
Le Roex,

chemical biology Chemical Biology

Relevant research groups:
Blackie, Chellan, de Villiers

polymerPolymer Science
Relevant research groups:
Gericke, Klumperman, Mallon,
van Reenen

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