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Venue 02
Parallel 1

Venue 01
Main Activity

Venue 03
Parallel 2



2nd December 2018




Conference registration








3rd December 2018



(R Mampa)

Opening Ceremony
DST: L Marwala



(P Mallon)

Opening Plenary (PL 1)
Sir Fraser Stoddart



TEA BREAK (10:30 – 11:00)


(N Tavengwa)

(K Makgopa)

(W Nxumalo)

11:00 – 11:30

Keynote Lecture K1
P Ndibewu

Keynote Lecture K2
P Makgwane

Keynote Lecture K3
M Peczuh

11:30 – 11:50

P Matabane

D Onunga

V Azov

11:50 – 12:10

A Ogunlaja

R Mhlaba

D Mugwena

12:10 - 12:30

M Motitswe

T Mkwizu

D Riley

12:30 – 12:40


Sir Fraser Stoddart          Serendipity Stokes Discovery : Disrupting Established Industries

P Ndibewu         The Power of Analytical Hydrogeochemistry

P Matabane       Sequential extraction of potentially toxic elements in sediments of Blood River in                                 Limpopo Province, South Africa.

A Ogunlaja          Copper(II) and zinc(II) based metal–organic framework materials for                                                      desulfurization

M Motitswe       Characterization of green synthesized silver nanoparticles doped in                                                        polyacrylonitrile nanofibers

P Makgwane      Designing Active and Recyclable Nanocatalysts for Conversion of Biomass to                                       Chemicals

D Onunga            Controlling the Reactivity of Pd(II) Complexes through Alkylation and                                                     Benzannulation of 1,3-bis(2-arylimino)isoindoline Ligands

R Mhlaba             Reductive pre-treatment of cobalt based catalysts towards preferential oxidation                             (PROX) of CO in excess hydrogen

T Mkwizu             Solid–state phase behaviour, stabilization and structure–composition–property                                                 relations involving rare–earth metal doped bismuth oxides

M Peczuh            Septanoses as FimH Ligands

V Azov                  Dynamic Molecular Architectures Based on Tetrathiafulvalenes

D Mugwena       Synthesis of 1, 3, 5-triazine based antimalarial drugs

D Riley                  Continuous-flow routes for pharmaceutical manufacturing

(12:40 – 13:45

13:45 – 14:30

(N Mokgalaka)

2017 Gold Medal Lecture
H Pasch



(K Makgopa)

(N Mokgalaka)

(F Muganza)

14:30 – 15:00

Keynote Lecture K4
P Tseki

N Motsoane

Keynote Lecture K6
R Hunter

15:00 – 15:20

M Lasich

C Olisah

R Tshiluka

15:20 – 15:40

O Diejomaoh

A P Ajibade

M Manyeruke

15:40 -16:00

A Nkuna


G Arnott

H Pasch                                Playing Analytical LEGO for the Unravelling of Polymer Nanostructure

N Motsoane       Development and application of passive samplers based on polymer inclusion                                   membranes for evaluating the fate of trace metals polluted by acid mine drainage                              and natural waters

C Olisah                Assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and human non-cancer risk                                       associated with Pomadasys commersonnil from the Swartkops Estuary, Eastern                                                 Cape Province, South Africa.

P Ajibade             Gold Traces and Tracers in Interstitial Water Samples from Saprolite Soils

P Tseki                  Perturbation in Coordinative Bonding for Some First Series Transition Metals Ions                                 with Glycine and Succinic Acids Ligands

M Lasich               Particle Size and Phase Equilibria in a Logarithmic Condensate

O Diejomaoh     Cation-fluorinated ionic liquids and their binary mixtures: An investigation of their                      synthesis and physicochemical properties

A Nkuna               Corrosion inhibition of mild steel in HCl solution by some thiophenium-based ionic                       liquids

R Hunter              Investigating the Cytotoxic Action of Ajoene against Cancer Cells: Opportunities                                                 for New Chemistry

R Tshiluka            Synthesis of glitazones analogous as Anti-Diabetic Drugs

M Manyeruke   Synthesis and bioactivities of novel 4-hydroxycoumarin derivatives

G Arnott              Those Crazy Calixarenes! From Inherent Chirality to Selective Derivatization



TEA BREAK (16:00 – 16:30)



16:30 – 17:30

(M Mphahlele)

L Ackermann (PL 3)


L Ackermann      Sustainable C–H Activation From Late-Step Peptide Diversification to                                                      Electrocatalysis



17:45 – 21:15

POSTER SESSION (light meal)







4th December 2018


08:30 – 09:15

(M Modibedi)

2017 Raikes Medal
D Bezuidenhout


09:15 – 10:00

(M Modibedi)

2016 Raikes Medal
Z Tshentu



(P Makgwane)

(O Asojo)

(P Forbes)

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote Lecture K7
P Mallon

Keynote Lecture K8
N Bathori

ChromSA Keynote
H Potgeiter

10:30 – 10:50

N Mphahlele

R Magwaza


TEA BREAK (10:50 – 11:20)

11:20 – 11:40

Y Hoosen

I Barnard

P Kunene

11: 40 – 12:00

N Tsolekile

R Openshaw

S Mlala

12:00 – 12:20

S Nkabinde

H Nkabyo


12:20 – 12:40

S Mlowe

M Ikhile


D Bezuidenhout               Targeted mesoionic carbene pincer and chelate ligand design for small                                                 molecule activation and molecular catalysis

Z Tshentu            Functional materials development towards beneficiation of earth and secondary                                 resources

P Mallon              Physically crosslinked  poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide)-graft-poly(dimethylsiloxane)                                 hydrogel films and nanofibres

N Mphahlele      The synthesis of carbon supported Pd based ferroalloy nanostructures for glycerol                                oxidation in alkaline media

Y Hoosen             Anti-MUC 16 functionalized Cationic Nanoliposomes, for “Arresting” of                                                                 Chondroitin Sulfate in Ovarian Cancer

N Tsolekile          Photoactivation of Porphyrin – CuInS/ZnS Conjugates for Photodynamic Therapy

S Nkabinde         Immobilization of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on electrospun polyacrylonitrile-                              cellulose acetate polymer blended nanofibers for antimicrobial activity.

S Mlowe              Morphological tuning of PbS nanoparticles and thin films

N Bathori             Molecular packaging of drugs- possibilities with pharmaceutical cocrystals

R Magwaza         Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel leads for drug-resistant malaria

I Barnard              59Co NMR for the study of the coordination and supramolecular chemistry of                                    Co(III) complexes of N,N-dialkyl-N’-acyl(aroyl)thioureas

R Openshaw      Spectroscopic evidence of co-localization and a possible drug-haem complex                                      within Plasmodium falciparum parasites

H Nkabyo            Reversible photo-induced cis-trans isomerism as key to the isolation of novel                                     trans-[Pd(L-kS,O)2] chelates of N,N-di-substituted aroylthioureas

M Ikhile                                Synthesis and Antiplatelet Aggregration Activity of some Ferrocenyl Schiff bases

H Potgeiter        How do we analyse? Let’s separate or hydrogenate

P Kunene            Method development and application: Ultrasonic Extraction (UE) followed by                                    Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) for analysis of pesticides in sludge, sediment and soil.

S Mlala                  Chemical composition and biological assays of essential oil from Marrubium                                        vulgare L.

12:40 – 13:00

(Ian Bratt)

R Inglis
Jive Media


R Inglis                 Catalysts for social change – Science engagement for the chemistry community

13:00 – 13:10




13:10 – 13:40


Meeting: SACI Sections; Student Delegates


(12:50 – 14:00)


(O Arotiba)

(A Manicum)

(M Peczuh)

14:00 – 14:30

Keynote Lecture K10
P Baker

Keynote Lecture K11
K Koch

Keynote Lecture K12
O Asojo

14:30 – 14:50

T Maumau

K Dilebo

M Maluleka

14:50 – 15:10

T Quadri

P Sen

D Thobejane

15:10 – 15:30

C Fakude

C Albertyn

T Mtshare

15:30 – 15:50

N Xaba


H Kinfe

P Baker                 Schiff base metal conjugates as efficient electrochemical transducers  in the                                       design of NO sensors

T Maumau          Fuel cells photochemical synthesis of Pd-based nanocatalysts for alcohol                                             oxidation in alkaline media

T Quadri               A Schiff Base of 3-acetyl-4-hydroxy-6-methyl-2H-pyran-2-one and ethane-1,2-                                  diamine as inhibitor of mild steel corrosion in 1 M HCl: Experimental and                                               theoretical studies

C Fakude             A glassy carbon electrode modified with nitrogen-doped graphene conductive                                 mediator for selenium detection

N Xaba                  Electrodeposition of Pd based ternary electrocatalyst for the oxidation of ethanol                                in alkaline media

K Koch                  Old Chemistry through New Eyes: Probing Precious Metal Hydrometallurgical                                     Solutions with High-field 195Pt and 103Rh NMR spectroscopy

K Dilebo               Synthesis, characterisation, molecular docking and in vitro anti-Mycobacterium                                                 tuberculosis properties of 4-(pyridylamino)- and 4-(ethynylpyridine)quinazolines

P Sen                     Synthesis of Benzimidazole Substituted Zinc Phthalocyanine for Potential use as                                                 Photodynamic Therapy Photosenstitizer

C Albertyn           Design and study of bioorganometallic artemisinins as antimicrobials

O Asojo                                Structural and Functional Studies of Worm Proteins

M Maluleka        Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of 4-aminoquinazoline appended-                                    benzofuran hybrids as epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors.

D Thobejane      Stereo-divergent conversion of 4-amino-1,2-diols to pyrrolidines

T Mtshare           Design and synthesis of quinolinyl-thiazolidinedione hybrids as potential anti-                                    tubercular agents.

H Kinfe                 Glycals as indispensable building blocks for the synthesis of complex bioactive                                   organic molecules


TEA BREAK (15:50 – 16:15)

16:15 – 17:15

(H Kinfe)

M Mphahlele (PL 4)



M Mphahlele    Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Docking Studies of Small                                                  Heterocyclic Molecules with Potential Anticancer Properties

18:00 – 21:00

Conference Reception







5th December 2018


08:30 –9:30

(J Okonkwo)

M Alaee (PL 5)



(L Sikhwivhilu)

(J Okonkwo)

Chemical Education
(H Drummond)

09:30 – 10:00

Keynote Lecture K13
S Ojwach

Keynote Lecture K14
P Forbes

Keynote Lecture K15
R Hanson

09:50 – 10:10

T Bhengu

I Sibiya

G Arnott

10:10 –10:30

U Ndagano

L Tendenguwo

I Bratt

M Alaee               Role of Mass Spectrometry in Environmental Analysis: Past, Present and Future

S Ojwach             Design of N- and O- donor transition metal complexes as catalyst precursors for                                                 ethylene oligomerization reactions.

T Bhengu             The Hydrolysis of Phosphate Esters Promoted by Co(III) Metallohydrolases:                                        Qualitative and Quantitative Sprectroscopic Studies

U Ndagano         Catalysis of the Diels-Alder reaction

P Forbes              Seeing the invisible: Fluorescence sensors for detecting emerging chemical                                         pollutants in water

I Sibiya                  Targeted and non-target screening of persistent organic pollutants and                                                                 organophosphorus flame-retardants in leachate and sediment from landfill sites                        in Gauteng, South Africa

L Tendenguwo  Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Human Breast Milk and Current Analytical                                 Methods

R Hanson             Situating constructivism in contemporary times to promote chemistry education                                 and conceptual gain

G Arnott              Core Knowledge Assessment in Organic Chemistry

I Bratt                    Is it time to rethink the technical presentation.



TEA BREAK (10:30 – 11:00)


Molecular Modelling
(S Ehrlich)

(M Alaee)

(P Makgwane)

11:00 –11:20

N Tshilande

S Onkani

L Molele

11:20 –11:40

K de Villiers

W Bout

N Okafor

11:40 –12:00

M Lasich

S Ndiweni

J Mack

12:00 –12:45

(R Hanson)

2016 Chemical Ed. Medal
H Drummond


12:45 –13:30

(R Hanson)

2017 Chemical Ed. Medal
L Pilcher



N Tshilande        Ab initio and DFT computational study of Myristinin A and a structurallyrelated                                 molecule

K de Villiers         Adsorption of inhibitors to the crystal surface of haemozoin: A tool for the                                          rational design of novel antimalarial drug candidates

M Lasich               All-Atom Molecular Simulation of Hydrogen Gas Storage in Clathrate Hydrate                                     Lattices

S Onkani              The synthesis and characterization of silver doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles                                 and their photo-catalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol

W Bout                 One-step preparation of iron oxide/activated carbon composite for scavenging of                            methylene blue dye in an aqueous solution

S Ndiweni            Method development to monitor natural organic matter for effective dosage of                                                 coagulant and treat drinking water inexpensively and sustainably

L Molele               Modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes for adsorption of selected metals from                                                 contaminated water

N Okafor              Formulation of Liposomes for antiretroviral drug delivery

J Mack                  The PDT activity of the micelle encapsulation complexes and nanoparticle                                            conjugates of BODIPY and porphyrin dyes

H Drummond    Improving Competence in Skills and Strategies Needed for Learning Chemistry

L Pilcher               Blended Learning: Contrasting the influence of Online and Face-to-Face tutorials                                 in Organic Chemistry

(13:30 – 14:00)

14:00 – 18:00


Free evening








6th December 2018



(M Nindi)

R Smith (PL 6)



(Z Tshentu)

Tom Welton (PL 7)






R Smith                                Reducing the environmental impact of analytical separation methods

Tom Welton      Ionic Liquids for Sustainable Chemistry


TEA BREAK (10:50 – 11:30)


(N Mokgalaka)

Green Chemistry
(R Klein)

Industrial Chemistry
(Z Tshentu)


Keynote Lecture K16
P Omo-Okoro

Keynote Lecture K17
V Jeena

Keynote Lecture K18
S Marx


K Mashale

L Steenkamp

B Semete


O Omaka


N Qinisa


Z katima

N Mabungela

X Dyosiba


N Magwaza

R Klein

N Mgedle


R Magaya



P Omo-Okoro    Adsorption mechanism of PFASs from aqueous media using novel adsorbents

K Mashale           Monitoring of pesticide concentrations in South African aquatic systems through                                                the use of a Chemcatcher passive sampler.

O Omaka             Investigation of the dust compositions in Federal University, Ddufu-Alike Ikwo                                 (Funai), Ebonyi state Nigeria and its environs.

Z katima               Annual Air Concentrations of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) in Gauteng                                   Province, South Africa Using Passive Air Samplers.

N Magwaza        Seasonal Assessment of Heavy Metals and Spatial Distribution in Surface Water                                                 and Sediments of Msunduzi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

R Magaya            The assessment of efficiency of wastewater treatment plants: a comparative                                    study between Danville and Mmabatho wastewater treatment plants

V Jeena                                Copper-catalyzed aerobic benzylic sp3 C-H oxidation mediated synthesis of 2,4,5-                               trisubstitituted imidazoles via a domino multi-component reaction

L Steenkamp      Harnessing the combined power of biocatalysis and chemistry for the                                                    development of new industrial processes

N Mabungela     Effect of selested parameters on biodiesel yiled produced from waste cooking oil

R Klein                  Greener synthetic approaches to Coumarin propionate derivatives with activity                                                 against HIV-1

S Marx                  Renewable fuel from waste for sustainable energy production

B Semete            Landscape and opportunities for active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing                                 in the South African economy

N Qinisa               Phenol-formaldehyde (Resole)Resin modified with Bagasse lignin from a South                                                 African Mill

X Dyosiba            Metal-Organic Frameworks Derived from Waste Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)                     – A Green Approach

N Mgedle            The effect of Fe/Mn ratio on a bimetallic oxide heterogeneous catalyst supported                           on silica for the degradation of methylene blue



Meeting: SACI Divisions


LUCNH (13:40 – 14:30)


Natural Products Chemistry
(J Tembu)

Green Chemistry
(V Jeena)

(M Sonopo)


Keynote Lecture K19
J Kiplimo-Bett

Keynote Lecture K20
J Rajput

Keynote Lecture K21
J van Zeevart


S Hlengwa

J Mochane

M Fourie



L Mthembu

P Kunyane

15:40 – 16h00


Computer Modelling
S Ehrlich


J Kiplimo-Bett   Natural Products Research in Kenya: Quest for High Value Chemicals from the                                   genus Vernoniae and Vepris

S Hlengwa           Isolation and Characterization of Bioactive Compounds from Euphorbia cooperi                                                 N.E.Br. ex A.Berger and Antidesma venosum E.Mey. ex Tul.

J Rajput                The responsible value chain economy

J Mochane          The effect of clay on the properties of graphite/Polybutylene succinate (PBS)                                    composites

L Mthembu        Optimization of reaction conditions for the production of levulinic acid from                                        depithed sugarcane bagasse in 1- Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate                                 [Emim] [HSO4] using a Box-Behnken Design

J van Zeevart     68Ga based infection imaging agents – the radiochemistry path how to get there

M Fourie              Uranium recovery and purification from nitric acid solutions using membrane                                     based solvent extraction

P Kunyane          Synthesis and radiolabeling of bioactive benzoyl benzofuran derivatives with C-14                           isotope for testing their tissue distribution

S Ehrlich               Transforming Drug Discovery with Advanced Computational Modeling



TEA BREAK (16:00 – 16:30)


Computer Modelling Workshop


SciFinder Workshop


Gala Dinner




7th December 2018



(O Arotiba)

E Iwuoha (PL 8)



Natural Products Chemistry
(J kiplimo)

(O Arotiba)

(M Hato)


R Krause

K Raju

N Zikalala


J Tembu

S Hamnca

A May



L Makgae

M Ledwaba

E Iwuoha             NanoElectrochemistry Impact on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable                                                    Development Systems

R Krause              Stromatolite Chemistry

J Tembu               Cytotoxic tritepenoids and labdanes diterpenoids from South African medicinal                                                 plants

K Raju                   Highly Durable Doped LiMn2O4 Spinel Cathode Material at Elevated Temperature

S Hamnca            Spectroscopy, morphology and electrochemistry of electrospun polyamic acid                                   nanofibers

L Makgae             Stainless Steel Metal Grades As Sacrificial Electrodes For The Removal Of Orange II                             Dye And Heavy Metal Ions By Electrocoagulation

N Zikalala             Green Synthesis and Cell Viability Studies of ZnIn2S4  core  and ZnIn2S4/ZnSe                                     core/shell Quantum Dots

A May                   Optical limiting properties of BODIPY and corrole dyes in solutions and polymer                                                 thin films

M Ledwaba        Post-synthetic modification in the formation and control of structural defects in                                                 UiO-66 MOF



TEA BREAK (10:30 – 11:00)


(S Mnyakeni-Moleele)

South African Journal of Chemistry (T Ford)



(S Mnyakeni-Moleele)

Closing Plenary (PL 2)
2018 Gold Medal Lecture
K Chibale


K Chibale             From chemistry-driven use-inspired basic research via translational medicine to                                                 seeding an innovative R&D pharmaceutical industry in Africa: The H3D Story


Closing Ceremony

(13:00 – 14:30)