The Department of Chemistry is located in two sites (North and South Campus) at Nelson Mandela University. Our department houses the modern instrumentation required to conduct innovative research publishable in national and international peer-reviewed journals. We have dedicated laboratories for teaching, community engagement, and for students to explore focused research projects supervised by inventive staff members.

Chemistry department started as a separate discipline at Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha) in 1928 at PE Technical College and headed by Mr Alexander Garner (1928-1930) in Russell Road (This department ended up in Summerstrand at the former PE Technikon), Vista University and the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) Chemistry Department being from Bird Street and started 1964. They all merged from 2005 and now as Nelson Mandela University Chemistry Department. Prof Loyson wrote a book on “The First Chemistry Department in Port Elizabeth”, the book detailed the origins of Chemistry Department in Port Elizabeth.

The former and present Heads of Department (this includes Port Elizabeth College, Port Elizabeth Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela University) that served in Chemistry since its inception are presented below …

 

History

Alexander Gardner

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1928 – 1930)

Thomas James

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1930-1950)

Chris Price

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1951 – 1956)

J.R Potgieter

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1957 – 1958)

 

J.E Potgieter

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1958 – 1960)

Terence J. McCarthy

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1960-1967)

Bruce Ilsley

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical College (1967 - 1968)

Prof A Goosen

Chemistry Head of Department: University of Port Elizabeth(1968-1969, 1975-1977, 1981-1985, 1987-1993)

 

Prof JGH du Preez

Chemistry Head of Department: University of Port Elizabeth (1970-1972, 1980, 1986)

Mr JP

Chemistry Head of Department: College for Advanced Technical Education (1970 - 1973)

Mr Dave Warren

Chemistry Head of Department: College for Advanced Technical Education (1974 - 1978)

Prof P Loyson

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical (1980 - 1995)

 

Prof B Zeelie

Chemistry Head of Department: PE Technical (1996 - 2004)

Prof WJ McGill

Chemistry Head of Department: University of Port Elizabeth (1994 - 1997)

Prof CW McCleland

Chemistry Head of Department: University of Port Elizabeth (1997 - 2004)

Prof TIA Gerber

Chemistry Head of Department: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2010 - 2015)

 

Prof ZR Tshentu

Chemistry Head of Department: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan & Nelson Mandela University (2016 - 2018)

Dr B Hlangothi

Chemistry Head of Department: Nelson Mandela University (2019 - 2022)

 

PE Technical College
Mr Alexander Garner (1928-1930), Mr Thomas James (1930-1950), Mr Chris Price (1951-1956), Mr JR Potgieter (1957-1958), Mr JE Potgieter (1958-1960), Mr Terence McCarthy (1960-1967), Dr Bruce Ilsley (1967-1968)
 
University of Port Elizabeth
Prof A Goosen (1968-1969, 1975-1977, 1981-1985, 1987-1993), Prof JGH du Preez (1970-1972, 1980, 1986)
 
College for Advanced Technical Education
Mr JP (1970-1973), Mr Dave Warren (1974-1978)
 
PE Technical
Prof P Loyson (1980-1995), Prof B Zeelie (1996-2004)
 
University of Port Elizabeth
 Prof WJ McGill (1994-1997), Prof CW McCleland (1997-2004)
 
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Prof TIA Gerber (2010-2015), Prof Z Tshentu (2016-2017)
 
Nelson Mandela University
Prof Z Tshentu (2018) Dr B Hlangothi (2019-2022)