Dr Adeniyi Ogunlaja

Position: Senior Lecturer and Head of Department

Department: Chemistry

Room: South Campus: Room 0103, North Campus: A Block Room 101

Building: 13

Campus: South Campus

Phone: +27(0)41 504 3061

Fax: +27(0)41 504 4236

Email: adeniyi.ogunlaja@mandela.ac.za

Qualifications: PhD (Rhodes)

Personal Sites: Google Scholar / ORCID


Adeniyi Ogunlaja earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rhodes University, South Africa. Joined Chemistry Dept. at Nelson Mandela University in 2016. Adeniyi is a recipient of several grants and awards, some of which includes; SASOL Post-graduate Medal 2014 awarded by South African Chemical Institute (SACI), 2014; Nelson Mandela University emerging researcher of the year, 2019 and National Research Foundation Thuthuka grant holder (2018-2020 and 2021- 2023).


Areas of Expertise

  • Designing mixed base metal catalysts with improved robustness for direct use in the hydrodesulfurization and hydrodenitrogenation of fuel oils.
  • Synthesis of expandable hybrid graphitic-Covalent organic polymers (COPs) materials for CO2 capturing. CO2 is photo-catalytically converted into useful feedstock. Carbon source such as CO2 already finds a number of applications fuel (methane, methanol).
  • Designing molecules with robust antimicrobial and anticancer properties. Bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to biomolecule compounds and synthesised compounds have narrow therapeutic index and cardiotoxic effects especially when considering these molecules as an anti-cancer agent.



  • PhD, Chemistry, 2014
  • MSc, Industrial Chemistry, 2009
  • BSc(Hons), Industrial Chemistry, 2004


Currently Teaching

GCC1121 - General Chemistry

CHA2002 - Analytical Chemistry 

CHQ3000 - Principle of Quality Assurance

CSH401 - Sample Handling

CAT3112 - Analytical Techniques

CHA420 - Analytical Methods (5 lectures)


Selected Publications

1. S. Shoba, O. Bankole and A. Ogunlaja, Electrochemical determination of trace sulfur-containing compounds in model fuel based on silver/polyaniline-modified electrode. Anal. Methods, 2020, 12, 1094 - 1106.

2. O O. Abosede, A.T. Gordon, T. Dembaremba, C. Lorentino, H. Frota, A. Santos, E. Hosten, A.S. Ogunlaja, Trimesic acid-theophylline and isopthalic acid-caffeine cocrystals: synthesis, characterization, solubility, molecular docking and antimicrobial activity. Cryst. Growth Des. 2020, 20, 5, 3510–3522

3. Allen T. Gordon, Olufunso O. Abosede, Songeziwe Ntsimango, Sandy van Vuuren, Eric C. Hosten, Adeniyi S. Ogunlaja, Synthesis, characterization, molecular docking and antimicrobial activity of copper(II) complexes of metronidazole and 1,10 phenanthroline, Inorganica Chimica Acta 2020, 510, 119744

4. Siphumelele Majodina, Lubabalo Ndima, Olufunso O. Abosede, Eric C. Hosten, Carolline M. A. Lorentino, Heloísa F. Frota, Leandro S. Sangenito, Marta H. Branquinha, André L. S. Santos and Adeniyi S. Ogunlaja Physical stability enhancement and antimicrobial properties of a sodium ionic cocrystal with theophylline, CrystEngComm, 2021,23, 335-352.

5. M. Mgolombane, S. Majodina, O.M. Bankole, E.E. Ferg, A.S. Ogunlaja, Influence of surface modification of zinc oxide-based nanomaterials on the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide, Materials Today Chemistry 20 (2021) 100446.

6. M. Mgolombane, O.M. Bankole, E.E. Ferg, A.S. Ogunlaja, Construction of Co-doped TiO2/rGO nanocomposites for high-performance photoreduction of CO2 with H2O: comparison of theoretical binding energies and exploration of surface chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 268 (2021) 124733.

7. Majodina, S.; Tshentu, Z.R.; Ogunlaja, A.S. Effect of Adding Chelating Ligands on the Catalytic Performance of Rh-Promoted MoS2 in the Hydrodesulfurization of Dibenzothiophene. Catalysts 2021, 11, 1398.