Siyabonga P. Ngubane

Lecturer in Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand

Amongst other transition metal complexes, dirhodium and diruthenium metal complexes have various applications in medicine, catalysis and materials. As part of the Inorganic Chemistry Research Group, my research involves the structure reactivity relationships of metal-metal bonded dirhodium and diruthenium complexes. This work involves the design, synthesis and characterization of transition dimetal complexes having redox active rhodium and ruthenium metal centres. The general approach is to evaluate how structural modifications influence the redox behaviour, which leads us to the elucidation of redox reaction mechanisms in both aqueous and non-aqueous media. This is achieved by the use of electrochemical (voltammetry) and spectroelectrochemical (UV-visible, FTIR, and ESR) techniques. - See more at: https://www.wits.ac.za/science/schools/chemistry/staff/dr-siyabonga-p-ngubane/#sthash.Sx8ch4r5.dpuf

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Lecturer in Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2011–2013
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Houston
  • 2012–2012
    Adjunct Professor in Chemistry, San Jacinto College
  • 2006–2011
    Teaching Assistant, University of Houston
  • 2006–2006
    Scientist, Sasol
  • 2002–2005
    Laboratory Demonstrator and Research Assistant, University of Cape Town

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Houston, PhD (Chemistry)
  • 2003 
    University of Cape Town, BScHons (Chemistry)
  • 2002 
    University of Cape Town, BSc (Chemistry)

Publications

  • 2014
    Inorganic Chemistry, 1
  • 2013
    Dalton Transactions, 1
  • 2011
    Dalton Transactions, 1
  • 2009
    Polyhedron, 1
  • 2008
    Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Structure Reactivity Relationships of Dirhodium and Diruthenium Complexes
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation
  • 2015
    Structure Reactivity Relationships of Dirhodium and Diruthenium Complexes
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Wits University Research Council
  • 2013
    Structure Reactivity Relationships of Dirhodium and Diruthenium Complexes
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Wits Faculty Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • The South African Chemical Institute
  • American Chemical Society