Victor Pretorius Memorial Lecturers (1992 - )


Prof B V Burger, University of Stellenbosch - Analytical Chemistry


Prof C J H Schutte, University of South Africa - Physical Chemistry


Prof R J Haines, University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) - Inorganic Chemistry


Prof S Drewes, University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) - Organic Chemistry


Prof J P Willes, University of Cape Town - Analytical / Geochemistry

  • Lecture 1: Fluorine in rocks, soils, and groundwater: its determination by XRFS, FISA and HPLC, and its importance in human and animal health.
  • Lecture 2: A day in the life of an Environmental Geochemist.


Prof M M Zulu, University of Zululand - Inorganic Chemistry

  • Lecture 1:Photophysical, photochemical and redox behaviour of the low-lying excited states of ligand-bridged tungsten
  • Lecture 2: Low temperature effects on the lowest energy excited states of binuclear complexes.


Prof J P Michael, University of the Witwatersrand - Organic Chemistry

  • Lecture 1:Enaminones in the synthesis of mitosenes and quinolones
  • Lecture 2: Alkaloids from animals: challenges for synthesis


Prof J C A Boeyens, University of the Witwatersrand - Physical Chemistry

  • Lecture 1: A Quantum theory of chemistry
  • Lecture 2: Space, time and chemistry


Prof H G Raubenheimer, University of Stellenbosch - Inorganic Chemistry

  • Lecture 1: A new era in chemistry
  • Lecture 2: Metallocenes and carbenes: what a combination!


Prof J Bradley, University of the Witwatersrand - Chemical Education

  • Lecture 1: Hands-on Chemistry for all
  • Lecture 2: Publish or Perish


Prof H Hundt, University of the Orange Free State – Analytical Chemistry

  • Lecture 1: The ups and down of LC/MS-MS in a bioanalytical laboratory
  • Lecture 2: The chemist in bioanalytics


Prof R Sanderson, University of Stellenbosch - Industrial Chemistry

  • Lecture 1: The role of Chemistry in nanotechnology.
  • Lecture 2: The role of Polymer Science in commercial development.


Prof L Nassimbeni, University of Cape Town – Physical Chemistry

  • Lecture: Clathrates: structure and reactivity


Prof P T Kaye, Rhodes University – Organic Chemistry

  • Lecture 1:Through the Looking Glass: a stereochemical adventure
  • Lecture 2:From Alchemy to Medicinal Chemistry – the quest for magic bullets


Prof Sir David King, University of Cambridge - Physical Chemistry

  • Lecture 1:The Hot Topic (climate change)
  • Lecture 2: Twenty first century challenge for science and global policy


Prof Rudi van Eldik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, Inorganic Chemistry

  • Lecture: Understanding Inorganic/Bioinorganic Reaction Mechanisms.  From Fundamental Research to Edutainment


Dr. Hubert Mandery,   Director General – European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

  • Lecture: Challenges for the Chemical Industry.


Prof. M. T. Davies-Coleman, Dean of Science, University of the Western Cape and Prof. Emeritus, Rhodes University – Organic Chemistry

  • Lecture: Drug discovery programme from South African marine organisms


Prof Len Barbour, University of Stellenbosch – Physical Chemistry

  • Lecture 1: Visualising structural dynamics in the crystalline solid state
  • Lecture 2: Revealing the secret lives of crystals


Prof Michael M Thackeray, Argonne National Laboratory – Battery Technology Department

  • Lecture 1: Energy Storage: Challenges and Opportunities in an Evolving Lithium Economy
  • Lecture 2: Making the Most of Life - Recognizing and Taking Opportunities in a Chemistry/Materials Science Research Career


Prof Tebello Nyokong, Rhodes University - Medicinal chemistry and Nanotechnology

  • Lecture 1: Recent developments in photomedicine
  • Lecture 2: Methods of conjugation of nanomaterials to phthalocyanines: towards electrocatalysis


Prof Jennifer Margaret Case, University of Cape Town - Department of Chemical Engineering

  • Lecture 1: Engagements with knowledge & curriculum: Drawing on Chemistry Education research towards a defence of the public university
  • Lecture 2: Teaching Chemistry in the University: What Matters


Prof Neil Coville, Department of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)


  • Lecture 1: Carbon soot – a material for the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Lecture 2: Reducing metal oxides to metals – hydrogen spillover effects in catalysis
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