UB Team

University of Botswana

Professor Olayinka A Oyetunji

 

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Ife)

 

UB Chemistry Department, P/Bag UB 00704, Gaborone.

 

Email:oyetunji@mopipi.ub.bw

Research experience

Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms with a focus on kinetic studies of substitution and redox properties of transition metal complexes; Inorganic Synthesis with interest in catalysis and complexes of different biological activities.

 

Oyetunji is the team leader at UB and coordinates all areas involving kinetic and mechanistic studies inthe project. He supervises the UB student along with other co-supervisors from UB and UCL. He also coordinates regular links with partners from other universities in the consortium.

 

Dr. Gopendra Kumar

 

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

 

UB Chemistry Department, P/Bag UB 00704, Gaborone

 

Email: kumarg@mopipi.ub.bw

Research experience

Synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes formed with nitrogen containing amino acids with an emphasis on the elucidation of their structures and possible catalytic properties.

 

Kumar is involved in the synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes formed with nitrogen containing amino acids that can be used in the design of new catalysts.

 

Dr. Foster Mbaiwa

 

BSc, MPhil (UB); MA, PhD (Wash. Uni, St Louis)

 

Botswana International University of Science & Technology, Gaborone.

Email: mbaiwaf@biust.ac.bw

 

Research experience

Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Velocity Map Imaging involving characterization of photoelectrons photo-detached from cluster anions. Computational Chemistry (ab initio calculations) including the characterization (geometry optimizations, excited states, interaction energy decompositions) of anionic and neutral cluster molecules.

 

Mbaiwa’s involvement will possibly include preliminary computational studies of possible catalyst structures (global minimum geometry searches). Also molecular dynamics calculations may be done which may help in determining the mechanisms of catalytic conversions. His limited experience in this area will be enhanced with links with other partners with well-developed computational facilities.

 

Professor James Darkwa

BSc (KNUST), PhD (New Brunswick)

 

Centre for Materials Science

Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Gaborone

 

Email: jdarkwa@bitri.co.bw

Research experience

Developing efficient nitrogen- and phosphorus-based metal complexes as catalysts for olefins to plastics and other products from renewable plant sources.

Development of metal-drugs from ruthenium, platinum and gold complexes as potential anti-cancer, antimalarial and anti-HIV agents.

James coordinates the synthesis and characterization of homogeneous catalysts as well as the actual hydrogenation reactions. He also be  co-supervises of the UB PhD student.

 

Dr. Apollinaire Munyaneza

 

BSc, MSc, PhD

 

UB Chemistry Department, P/Bag UB 00704, Gaborone

 

Email: apollinaire.munyaneza@mopipi.ub.bw

Research experience

Synthesis, characterization and the use of organometallic complexes in homogeneous catalysis with particular interest in complexes of transition metals such as nickel and palladium with nitrogen donor ligands (pyrazolyl derivatives. Applications comprise the catalysis of polymerization reactions of olefins as well as hydrogenation reactions of Fatty acids Methyl Esters (FAMEs).

 

Munyaneza coordinates the synthesis and characterization of homogeneous catalysts as well as the actual hydrogenation reactions. He also be  co-supervises of the UB PhD student.

 

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