Organic Chemistry at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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< 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)
Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (2008-2009)

NRF Rating: B3

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< AFFILIATIONS
 

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)

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< PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Visiting Professor, Chemical Biology
  Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry,
  University of the Witwatersrand (March 2008 to May 2010)
  Senior Lecturer (June 2004 to February 2008)
  Lecturer (June 2001 to May 2004)
Presenter of 'WHIZZBANG" chemistry shows during University Open
Days, Regional Science Weeks and to schools,
University of the Witwatersrand (1995 - 1998, 2001 - present)
Junior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand (1998)
Part-time science teacher for an educational company,
  Star Schools (1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2008)
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry,
  University of Montreal (Sept 1999 to May 2001)

< ACADEMIC CITIZENSHIP

Associate Editor (Organic Chemistry) - South African Journal of Chemistry (2009 - present)
http://www.journals.co.za/sajchem/

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