Frikkie Malan

Dr FP Malan

Telephone                +27 (0)12 420-3091

Email                        [email protected]

Office                       NS1 building, room 3-41
Position                   Crystallographer and Lecturer
Academic qualifications           BSc (Chemistry and Physics, UJ, cum laude),
BSc(Hons) (Chemistry, UJ, cum laude), MSc (Chemistry, UJ, cum laude), PhD (Chemistry, UP)     


Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry (Kinetics and Catalysis), Supramolecular Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry.
Modules: CMY714, CMY715, CMY285


NRF Thuthuka grant (2019-2021)
Lindau meeting attendee (One of 8 SA students selected to attend the 67th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings held in Lindau, Germany, 2017)

Research interests

Design, economic synthesis, characterization of new transition metal compounds.
Evaluation of the catalytic activity of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts.
Investigation of the role of proton-responsive ligands in CO2 and N2 fixation processes.
Computational chemistry of coordination compounds.
Please visit our Organometallic Synthesis and Materials research group website


For all publications go to: Google Scholar
Recent Journal articles

M.M. Moeng, F.P. Malan, S. Lotz, D.I. Bezuidenhout, Fischer carbene complexes of cobalt (I): Synthesis and structure, J. Mol. Struct. (2022), 1252, 132093.
DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2021.132093

R.A. Adigun, F.P. Malan, M.O. Balogun, N. October, Rational Optimization of Dihydropyrimidinone‐Quinoline Hybrids as Plasmodium falciparum Glutathione Reductase Inhibitors, ChemMedChem (2022), in press.
DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.202200034

E. van Vuuren, F.P. Malan, W. Cordier, M. Nell, M. Landman, Self-Isomerized–Cyclometalated Rhodium NHC Complexes as Active Catalysts in the Hydrosilylation of Internal Alkynes, Organometallics (2022), 41, 187-200.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00409

J.L. Lamola, A.S. Adeyinka, F.P. Malan, P.T. Moshapo, C.W. Holzapfel, M.C. Maumela, Exploring steric and electronic parameters of biaryl phosphacycles, New J Chem. (2022), 46, 4677-4686.
DOI: 10.1039/D1NJ05769C

L. Roos, F.P. Malan, M. Landman, Naphthalimide-NHC complexes: Synthesis and properties in catalytic, biological and photophysical applications, Coord. Chem. Rev. (2021), 449, 214201.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2021.214201

O.Y. Audu, J. Jooste, F.P. Malan, O.O. Ajani, N. October, Synthesis, characterization, molecular structure, and computational studies on 4 (1H)-pyran-4-one and its derivatives, J. Mol. Struct. (2021), 1245, 131077.
DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2021.131077

B. Mzondo, N. Dlamini, F.P. Malan, P. Labuschagne, V.R. Bovilla, S.V. Madhunapantula, V. Maharaj, Dammarane-type triterpenoids with anti-cancer activity from the leaves of Cleome gynandra, Phytochemistry Letters (2021), 43, 16-22.
DOI: 10.1016/j.phytol.2021.03.001

E. van Vuuren, F.P. Malan, M. Landman, Multidentate NHC complexes of group IX metals featuring carbon-based tethers: Synthesis and applications, Coord. Chem. Rev. (2021), 430, 213731.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2020.213731

Z. Lamprecht, F.P. Malan, S. Lotz, D.I. Bezuidenhout, Synthesis and structure of thienyl Fischer carbene complexes of PtII for application in alkyne hydrosilylation, New J. Chem. (2021), 45, 6220-6230.
DOI: 10.1039/D1NJ00791B

R.A. Adigun, F.P. Malan, M.O. Balogun, N. October, Substitutional effects on the reactivity and thermal stability of dihydropyrimidinones, J. Mol. Struct. (2021), 1223, 129193.
DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2020.129193

N. Savoo, F.P. Malan, L. Rhyman, P. Ramasami, Molecular insights of metal–metal interactions in transition metal complexes using computational methods, Pure Appl/ Chem. (2021), ahead of print.
DOI: 10.1515/pac-2020-1212

R.A. Adigun, F.P. Malan, M.O. Balogun, N. October, Tetrahydropyrimidinones/thiones stabilized by trifluoromethyl-containing β-diketones, J. Mol. Struct. (2020), 1202, 127281.
DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2019.127281

Z. Lamprecht, F.P. Malan, I. Fernández, S. Lotz, D.I. Bezuidenhout, Chelated Fischer carbene complexes of annulated thiophenes: synthesis, structure and electrochemistry, Dalton Trans. (2020), 49, 15339-15354.
DOI: 10.1039/D0DT03298K

Recent Conference proceedings

F.P. Malan, E. Singleton, P.H. van Rooyen, J. Conradie, M. Landman. Electronic effects of N-heterocyclic carbene ligands on the catalytic activity of half-sandwich Ni(II) complexes. Oral presentation. Catalysis Society of South Africa, 11 November 2018.

F.P. Malan, E. Singleton, P.H. van Rooyen, J. Conradie, M. Landman. Base-free glucose dehydration catalysed by NHC-stabilised heterohalo cyclopentadienyl Cr(III) complexes. Poster presentation. XXVIII International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, 15 July 2018

F.P. Malan, E. Singleton, P.H. van Rooyen, M. Landman, J. Conradie. CpNi(II)-NHC complexes: Synthesis, Electrochemistry, DFT studies and C-C and C-O catalytic applications. Poster presentation. 4th EuCheMS Inorganic Chemistry Conference, 02 July 2016.

Books or Chapters in Books

F.P. Malan, E. Singleton, R. Meijboom, Polymeric Ruthenium Compounds: Synthesis and Employment as Synthons, chapter in book titled Ruthenium: Synthesis, Physicochemical Properties and Applications (2014), 978-1-63321-657-0, Nova Science Publishers Inc., 285-320.


Prof R Meijboom (University of Johannesburg)
Prof J Conradie (University of the Free State)
Dr A-L Manicum (Tshwane University of Technology)
Prof P Ramasami (University of Mauritius)

Postgraduate Students

Name Qualification Year Thesis Title
Estefan van Vuuren PhD 2021-current Complexes of Rhodium and Iridium featuring cyclometallated NHC moieties: Synthesis and catalysis
Babatunde Awe PhD 2020-current Synthesis and applications of Ru(II) complexes featuring ONO-pincer ligands



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