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SACI News February 2017

                                     

SACI plays a major role in coordinating and organizing conferences and workshops for their members. At the end of last year the SACI Young Chemist events were organised by all Sections in all parts of SA. The Frank Warren (Organic chemistry) conference, held in Grahamstown was a very successful event held in December 2016. This year the organisation of the 2017 Inorganic Chemistry (and Carmen) event will take place in Cape Town in June. The smaller divisions also organize their own events and for example ThermSA have an event planned for March. An event that may be of interest to members is the Tanzanian Chemistry Society conference (held in conjunction with the FASC event) to be held near Arusha. So there are plenty of local and African events that occur every year that are advertised in the SACI Newsletter and will appeal to SACI members. 

Neil Coville

Content

  • SACI office address and times
  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter
  • SACI Raikes Medal winner 2016: Prof Zeni Tshentu (NMMU)
  • Nominations for SACI 2017 awards
  • Section and Divisions News
    ThermSA
  • IUPAC
  • African Journals of Chemistry
  • CAIA Newsletter
  • RSC
    Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society Partnership for International Collaborations
    GC-MS training
  • SACI and SACI related conference events
    SACI Inorganic 2017  (incorporating the Carmen Symposium)
    1st Africa Energy Materials Conference
    The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress
  • Others
  • Workshops
    ChromSA Laboratory visit at UNISA
  • Positions
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Cape Town
    Research Officer at University of Cape Town
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry at Wits University
    Research Officer or Principal/Senior Technician at Wits University
    Lecturer, General Chemistry at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
    Scholarship Opportunities

SACI office address and times

The SACI office, run by Laila Smith is located on the 1st Floor of Gate House, room 124. The telephone number is 011 717 6705 and e-mail address is: saci.chem@wits.ac.za. The cel number is 061 282 3477.

This year we are to experiment with having Laila work in the afternoons from home. This will mean that office hours will be from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can still be contacted at any time during her office hours. We have noted that there are very few members (or others) who physically visit the office at Wits.

Advertising in the SACI newsletter

The newsletter provides a means of getting messages to our membership. Currently the SACI membership stands at over 1000. This newsletter thus provides a means of advertising employment opportunities, conferences and workshops, and even for companies/Universities to promote themselves. We encourage members to use the Newsletter for advertising purposes. All SACI related conferences and events are advertised for free; if not a SACI related event there could be a small charge. For advertising costs contact Laila at the SACI office.

SACI 2016 Raikes Medal: Prof Zeni Tshentu

                                                                                      

Prof. Dr. Zenixole R. Tshentu is currently an associate professor of analytical/inorganic chemistry at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa. He completed his PhD studies in Inorganic Chemistry at NMMU in 2005 while also appointed as a junior lecturer during this period, and then moved to Rhodes University Chemistry Department as a lecturer where he was promoted to senior lecturer in 2010. He served 7 years at RU before his move back to NMMU in 2013 as associate professor in analytical/inorganic chemistry. In January 2016, he was appointed as a Head of the NMMU Chemistry Department.    
  
He has experience in solid state and solution studies of transition metals chemistry as well as using inorganic/organic polymer materials in separation technology and in heterogeneous catalysis. He has been involved in several projects such as designing organic extractants for the separation of base metals and platinum group metals, designing ligands for the stabilization of therapeutic metals in biological systems, designing catalysts for selective oxidation of sulfur compounds in fuels followed by selective adsorption of sulfones using molecularly imprinted polymers (a drive towards zero sulfur fuel), constructing highly specific organic ligands for the uptake of trace metals from environmental samples, and in the design of colorimetric probes for environmental pollutants and biological analytes. He calls his philosophy “the quest for selectivity and specificity in chemical and biological systems”. His contribution is tending towards “beneficiation of earth and secondary materials - from metal extraction chemistry to designing metal complexes for application in medicine and in catalysis”. To date, he has supervised eight MSc and six PhD students to completion. He has published extensively in reputable peer-reviewed international journals (a total of 68 articles) and has published three book chapters. He also holds two SA patents in the area of “probes for biomarkers”. He currently holds an NRF C2 rating (2015-2019).  He has contributed to more than 50 national and international conferences as a contributing co-author or author, and as a presenting delegate and invited speaker. He has visited the following institutions as a researcher: University of Florence (Italy), Emory University (USA) and Mokpo National University (South Korea).             
He has been involved in several professional engagement opportunities. He was part of the national scientific committee for the "6th International Symposium on Technetium and Rhenium" held in Port Elizabeth in 2008. He was also part of the organizing committee for the “Triple Helix Workshop” organized by the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Analytical Division in 2009 to link academia, industry and government in matters pertaining to analytical chemistry. As acting secretary for the SACI Analytical Division (2009-2011), he has been involved in the development of two key documents for this division and the one entitled “Reassessing the Role of Analytical Chemistry” was published in an IUPAC publication-Chemistry International (September –October 2010, pp8-13) and another “South African Research Chair Allocations in Analytical Chemistry-a Proposal” was submitted to the Department of Science and Technology (SA) for consideration. He was also involved in the organization of the "African network of analytical Chemists (SEANAC)/South African Chemical Institute (SACI)-Harmonization of Analytical Chemistry Workshop" in 2011. He also served as the chairman of the SACI Eastern Cape coordination committee in the period 2011-2015. He was instrumental in the organization of the 41st National SACI Convention which was held in East London in December 2013. He acts as a reviewer of manuscripts for many international journals including: Polyhedron, Inorganica Chimica Acta, RSC Advances, Catalysis Letters, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Energy and Fuels, Fuels, Fuel Processing Technology, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Reactive and Functional Polymers, and the South African Journal of Chemistry. He has also reviewed several applications for funding and rating for the National Research Foundation (NRF), and also sat on CSUR/CPRR Review Panels. He currently serves in the NRF Chemistry (Specialist) Rating Panel (2015-2019). He also holds membership in the following professional organizations; South African Chemical Institute (SACI), Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA), International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).                 

Nominations for SACI 2017 awards

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATION/APPLICATION
The merits of the work of candidates may be brought to the notice of the Council either by persons who desire to recommend candidates (nominations) or by the candidates themselves (applications). Nominations and applications should be received by the Institute not later than 30 April 2017. 

More details on the awards can found in the SACI website: www.saci.co.za

THE GOLD MEDAL
The award shall be made to a member of the Institute whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology are adjudged to be of outstanding merit.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R10 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

THE RAIKES MEDAL
The award shall be made to a member of the Institute, under the age of 40 on 31 December in the year of the award, whose original chemical research shows outstanding promise, as judged by the person’s publications in reputable journals.  It is further stipulated that the research shall have been performed in South Africa.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R2 500, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

THE CHEMICAL EDUCATION MEDAL
The award shall be made to a member of the Institute who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical education, as judged by the person’s published work in the previous five years.  Published work may be in any form and may be related to any level or educational context.  The medal shall be accompanied by a suitably inscribed scroll.

THE SASOL CHEMISTRY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR MEDAL
The award shall be made to a member of the Institute based in South Africa whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology during the year preceding the award are adjudged to be outstandingly innovative.  The award shall comprise, in addition to the medal, a monetary award of a value determined by the sponsors, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.  The recipient of the award shall be known as the “SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year”.

THE SACI POSTGRADUATE AWARDS
The awards shall be made to student members of the Institute engaged in research towards a MSc or PhD degree at a South African University, or a MTech or DTech degree at a South African University of Technology.  The number of medals awarded shall not exceed five per annum, and the awards are limited to one per institution.  The recipients of the award shall be known as The SACI Postgraduate Awardees.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R2000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATION/APPLICATION
The merits of the work of candidates may be brought to the notice of the Council either by persons who desire to recommend candidates (nominations) or by the candidates themselves (applications). Nominations and applications should be received by the Institute not later than 30 April 2017. 

Sections and Divisions news     

  • ThermSA
     Lecture series
    This will be the first of regular lectures managed by ThermSA in partnership with our sponsors. The event will take the form of a short seminar on current thermal analysis research and capabilities at Necsa. 15 March 2017, RossB@advancedlab.co.za
    Venue: ALS offices, 370 Angus Cres., Northlands Business, Park, Randburg

                

IUPAC

For the latest news see: http://www.saci.co.za/iupac.html

African Journals of Chemistry

  • South African Journal of Chemistry

    This Journal is published electronically. The webpage is:  http://www.saci.co.za/ The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry for over 50 years. The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/chem). It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents. It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

  • African Corrosion Journal (online).  Commenced in 2015 – a peer reviewed corrosion journal. This journal may be of interest to the “practical” chemists amongst the SACI membership. https://view.publitas.com/icp-1/african-corrosion-journal

  • African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry
    Submit manuscripts: http://ms.academicjournals.me; Editorial office: ajpac@academicjournals.org
  • African Journal of Chemical Education
    Enquiries and manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief: email eic@faschem.org, PO Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AJCE, 2016, 6(1) ISSN 2227-5835 The online version appears in the FASC website (www.faschem.org) and in the AJOL website (www.ajol.info)
  • PAPERS
    Hybrid orbitals notation: Some misconceptions in an undergraduate basic chemistry course p2
    Robson Fernandes de Farias
    Hybridization and molecular geometry: A number game p9
    Lokendra Kumar Ojha
    Practices and challenges of implementing locally available equipment for teaching chemistry in primary schools of North Shewa Zone in Amhara Region p17
    Demisachew Shitaw

    Contextualization and interdisciplinarity in chemistry teaching in Brazil:After two decades, everybody knows but nobody understands p31
    Hoziam H.X. Rocha, Deyse de S. Dantasb and Robson Fernandes de Fariasa

    Untangling chemical kinetics through tangible and visual representation of matter p37
    C. G. Kerstiensa, D. C. Sisniegab, A. Gomeza, B. M. Gunna, J. E. Becvara and M. Narayana
    Evaluating the impact and potential of the chemical sciences in catalyzing the economic development through potential chemical entrepreneurship in Lesotho p46
    Mosotho J. George and Thembi Setubatuba

    Class attendance and academic performance of second year university students in an organic chemistry course p63
    Ayodele Olufunmilayo D.

    The need for a “Bologna declaration” pronouncement for Africa’s chemistry programs at tertiary levels p76
    Fikru Tafesse and Malose J. Mphahlele

    Comparative assessment of university chemistry undergraduate curricula in South-Western Nigeria p92
    Modupe M. Osokoya, Isaac S. Fapuro and H. Oluwatola Omoregie
    Incidence of biogenic amines in foods: implications for The Gambia p112
    Oladele OYELAKIN and Anthony ADJIVON

  • Nanonews in South Africa
    SAASTA newsletter. nanonews@npep.co.za. Prof Janice Limson, NPEP NanoNews Editor

  • South African Journal of Science
    TOC@assaf.org.za

CAIA Newsletter

The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:  http://www.caia.co.za/news/chemnews/
 or e-mail: caia@iafrica.com for pdf files of news and information.

RSC

  • Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society Partnership for International Collaborations

The Royal Society of Chemistry is partnering with the Royal Society to support International Exchanges in the chemical sciences and funding is now available to support new collaborations between scientists in the UK and those in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).  This is an excellent opportunity and you can apply for up to £12,000 to cover the costs of research and travel, including up to £2,000 for research expenses. 

and Africa to discuss opportunities for collaboration.  For those of you involved in the recent PACN Congress

Please reach out to colleagues and friends in the UK, or other RSC activities, this scheme is an ideal way of moving forward with those conversations and collaborations.

The application must be submitted by the UK partner, but the proposal is a joint document and funding is available to fund both sides of the collaboration.  For more details on eligibility or the application process, please contact the Royal Society directly. 

If you are looking to find a partner in the UK or Africa, I would encourage you to speak to your colleagues to utilise their networks of contacts across the world and the PACN LinkedIn Group can also be used to reach out to the PACN community in the UK and Africa, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1900756.

Apply now: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/

Closing date: 7th March 2017 (with other opportunities later in the year, with closing dates of 13th June and 17th October 2017).

Dr Helen Driver (nee Bailey) MRSC
Senior Programme Manager, Africa
Royal Society of Chemistry
Thomas Graham House,
Science Park, Milton Road
Cambridge, UK
CB4 0WF
driverh@rsc.org
www.rsc.org

  • GC-MS Training

This will apply to non-SA Nationals studying in SA


First look: GC-MS training: a hands on approach (Kenya)

3–7 April 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

GC-MS training: a hands on approach (Kenya) is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s partnership with GSK to enhance the capabilities of African scientists in modern analytical techniques. We will train over 400 scientists by 2020 and these courses will take place regularly in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria.

 

This course has been independently verified through peer review and formally approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Places are limited to 15 delegates only. Applications must be received by 13 February 2017. Travel allowances (including all travel, accommodation and food) will be provided.

Please note, applicants from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana are not eligible to apply for this course, there will be further courses in your countries later in 2017.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please share this opportunity with colleagues from across Africa.

Dr Helen Driver
Senior Programme Manager, Africa
@hvdriver
Pan Africa Chemistry Network LinkedIn Group

 

SACI and SACI related Conference events

  • INORG2017 Third Notice
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  • 1st Africa Energy Materials Conference (AEM-2017)
  • University of Pretoria Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 - 31 March 2017. More information is available at: www.africaem2017.co.za

                       

  • The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress

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  • The 9th International Conference of the Kenya Chemical Society
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Others

  • First Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem) – 24-26 January, 2018; Cancún, Mexico
  • The 23rd International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State (ICCOSS-XXIII) will take place on the beautiful campus of Stellenbosch University (South Africa) from 2-7 April, 2017. For further information about the conference we invite you to visit the web site at http://iccoss2017.co.za. Please note the following important dates: Abstract submission, 25 November 2016; Early registration, 16 December 2016 Len Barbour (Conference Chair)
  • The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress, Chemistry for Sustainable Development and Improved Livelihood  Arusha, Tanzania http://tcs-tz.org/tcs-fasc2017/
  • IUPAC 2017 - July 6-14, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference14-17 May 2017; Berlin, Germany  http://www.greensuschemconf.com/; Organisers Elsevier Nina Cosgrove:  Email: n.cosgrove@elsevier.com
  • Nigeria International Chemical Sciences Chapter Symposium (ACS), 19-22 March 2017, University of Illorin, Nigeria;
  • Science Forum South Africa 7-8 Dec 2017, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria
  • ACS - Nigeria Interational Chemical Sciences Chapter Symposium 19 - 22 March 2017
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Workshops

                           

Positions available

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2017 - University of Cape Town

              

  • Research Officer - University of Cape Town

              
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Wits University

                                    

  • Research Officer or Principal/Senior Technician at Wits University

                                    

  • SEFAKO MAKGATHO HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY - SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

LECTURER, GENERAL CHEMISTRY - FOUR (4) MONTHS FIXED-TERM CONTRACT APPOINTMENT: FEBRUARY-MAY 2017

Requirements:

MSc in Chemistry
Experience in teaching Chemistry at tertiary level will be an advantage

Duties:
The successful candidate will be required to:

Conduct lectures, tutorials, practicals and assessments in First-Year General (Inorganic & Organic) Chemistry
Contribute to administrative duties in the Department of Chemistry

Contact details:
Prof Nana Agyei
(012) 521 4367/5699
082 927 0420
nana.agyei@smu.ac.za

  • Scholarship Opportunities for MSc and PhD studies in 2017, Molecular modelling in organic chemistry at UP