University of Johannesburg


Professor James Darkwa


B.Sc.(KNUST), Ph.D. (New Brunswick)


Centre for Materials Science, Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Gaborone.

Department of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Inorganic Chemistry - Organometallic Chemistry

Email: jdarkwa@bitri.co.bw



Research interests and experience

James's research work as an organometallic chemist focuses on:


(a) Developing efficient nitrogen- and phosphorus-based metal complexes as catalysts for olefin to plastics and other products from conventional petrochemical sources and from renewable plant sources.


(b) Development of metallo-drugs from ruthenium, platinum and gold complexes as potential anticancer, antimalarial and anti-HIV agents.



Dr. Banothile Makhubela


B.Sc. (Zululand), B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Cape Town)


Department of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.


Organometallic chemistry with applications in catalysis, medicine and nanomaterials


Email: bmakhubela@uj.ac.za



Research experience


Banothile has a keen interest in developing organometallic complexes and nano-catalysts to effect the catalytic transformation of renewable bio-derived feedstock  to valuable chemicals, fuels/fuel additives and smart materials in a manner consistent with green chemistry principles.


She is a Scifinder Future Leader in Chemistry and German Academic Exchange (DAAD) alumnus and is a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Hope Fellow.




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