Welcome to the home page of the Chemistry Department at the Nelson Mandela University. Here you will find information about our staff, students, research, facilities, courses and curricula (follow MENU≡). The Chemistry Department at the Nelson Mandela University has established a proud reputation for its research and graduates in industrial and academic circles alike. It has about 25 full-time and part-time academic staff and 13 permanent support staff. There are approximately 500 undergraduate and between 60 and 70 postgraduate students.


What is chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the composition, properties and reactions of matter. Studies in chemistry range from the bulk behaviour of matter, down to the interactions of its atoms and molecules. Chemistry is a central discipline whose interfaces range from physics to computers to biology. It is true to say that almost every facet of life is dependent on chemical processes of one form or another. Chemical reactions have been harnessed by man to produce a wide variety of substances that our daily lives are dependent on, e.g., synthetic materials, pharmaceuticals, plastics, paints, dyes, metals and alloys, some of which display the most remarkable properties. Chemical processes such as combustion are the source of power for transport and electricity generation. Modern-day life would be difficult to imagine without its vast array of chemical products.



See also the webpages for:

Nelson Mandela University Centre for Rubber Science and Technology

INNOVENTON: Neslon Mandela University Institute for Chemical Technology and Downstream Chemicals Technology Station

uYilo e-Mobility Technology Innovation Programme (EMTIP)





Contact information
Ms Siyasanga Tenge
Tel: 0415042286

Dr Adeniyi Ogunlaja
Senior Lecturer and Head of Department
Tel: +27(0)41 504 3061