Curriculum Vitae

Tertiary Qualifications

University attended: University of the Witwatersrand

Degrees obtained:

  • (a) B.Sc. Chemistry (1989-1991)
  • (b) B.Sc. Honours Chemistry (1992)
  • (c) M.Sc. Organic/Inorganic Chemistry (1995)
  • (d) Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (1999)

Awards and Prizes

  • AECI Honours Medal in Chemistry (For Honours, 1993)
  • SACI James Moir Medal (For Honours, 1993)
  • AECI Postgraduate Fellowship (For PhD, 1995-1997)
  • SASOL Post-Graduate Medal (1998)
  • NRF Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000 & 2001) – Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal (Prof. S. Hanessian)
  • Faculty of Science Team Teaching Award (with Profs Michael, de Koning and Dr Dinsmore, 2003)
  • SACI Raikes Medal (2004) – “to a chemist, under the age of 35, for original work showing outstanding promise”
  • University of the Witwatersrand Friedel-Sellschop Award (2004) – the “University’s premier award for young researchers”
  • Tetrahedron Letters “Most cited paper 2003-2006 Award for 2003 paper (top 50 papers out of 2092 papers in 2003) – 2006
  • Tetrahedron Letters “Most cited paper 2004-2007 Award for 2004 paper (top 50 papers out of 2133 papers in 2004) – 2007
  • Faculty of Science Distinguished Individual Teachers Award (2007)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Individual Teachers Award (2007)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany – Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (2008-2009)
  • NRF Rating: B3


  • Member of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI)
  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Present Position

Chair of Organic chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Sciences, Stellenbosch University (June 2010 – present)

Academic Citizenship

Associate Editor (Organic Chemistry) – South African Journal of Chemistry (2009 – present).

Previous Positions

Previous positions held at these universities:

Associate Professor

The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal, Canada

(September 1999 – May 2001)

Visiting Professor

Chemical Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, The University of Dortmund, Germany

Visiting Professor

Department of Chemistry, University of Mainz
Stellenbosch University’s Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science