Parveen Beebeejaun-Boodoo

Dr BMP Beebeejaun-Boodoo

Tel:                 +27 (0)12 420-2971
Email:             [email protected]
Office:            Chemistry 3-7

Position:        Lecturer

Academic qualification: PhD (Chemistry)


Undergraduate: Organic Chemistry

Modules:  CMY 284, CMY 154 and CMY 127

Research interests

Organic-Inorganic Hybrids, Materials Science, Crystal Engineering, Ionic and Coordination Hybrids, Structural Characterisation and Fluorescence of Hybrid Compounds.

Materials science is an interdisciplinary field focussing on the synthesis, characterisation and properties of materials and has relevance in areas of science, medicine and engineering. The main aim of materials science is the design of materials with desired properties for specific uses using the principles of crystal engineering.

Organic-inorganic hybrid materials comprised of an organic component and a metal halide as inorganic component are of interest in Materials Science since the composite hybrid material retains the properties of the individual building blocks. These materials are known to exhibit rich structural diversity, and interesting physical properties with potential application as sensors or luminescent materials.

Ionic and coordination hybrids of metal halides and N-donor organic ligands are prepared via self-assembly. The structural and fluorescent properties of the diverse range of hybrid compounds, including complexes, one-dimensional polymers, cluster compounds, metallocycle and metal organic framework (MOFs) are investigated. These compounds are characterized using Single Crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and hot stage microscope

We aim to understand the factors determining the structural characteristics and the fluorescence emission wavelengths and intensities of these hybrid materials.

Selected publications   

Journal articles

Tetrahalometallate salts of N-(4-picolinium)-1,8-naphthalimide: structures and solid-state fluorescence, B. M. P. Beebeejaun-Boodoo, R. Erasmus and M. Rademeyer, CrystEngComm., 2018, 20, 4875.

Synthesis of aromatic oxazolyl- and carboxyl-functionalized polymers: Atom transfer radical polymerization of styrene initiated by 2-[(4-bromomethyl)phenyl]-4,5-dihydro-4,4-dimethyloxazole, Summers, Gabriel J., Maseko, Rejoice B., Beebeejaun, B.M.Parveen, Summers, Carol A.; Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2011, 49(12), 2601-2614

Synthesis of aromatic carboxyl- functionalized polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization’,
Summers, G.J., Beebeejaun, B.M.P., Summers, C.A.; Polymer International, 49, 2000, 1722-1728.

Etherification of hydroxyionone’, Khodabocus A. ,  Beebeejaun B. M. P.;  SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Research Journal – Vol. 5  - 2000 University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius


Conference proceedings

  • BM Parveen Beebeejaun-Boodoo and Melanie Redemeyer “Crystal engineering of coordination polymers of metal halides with 3-(aminomethyl)pyridine and 4-(aminomethyl)pyridine’’, International Conference for Pure and Applied Chemistry, Emerging Trends in Chemical Sciences, Flic en Flac, Mauritius 2016. (Poster)
  • BM Parveen Beebeejaun and GJ Summers “Macromonomer Synthesis by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, World Polymer Congress, 37th International Symposium on Macromolecules, Gold Coast, Australia, July 1998. (Poster)
  • BM Parveen Beebeejaun and GJ Summers “The Synthesis of Aromatic Carboxyl Functionalized Polymers by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, World Polymer Congress, 37th International Symposium on Macromolecules, Gold Coast. Australia, July 1998. (Poster)



Rudolph Marthinus Erasmus,  University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


- Author Dr Parveen Beebeejaun

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