Department of Chemistry

Dr EM Enemchukwu

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Science
Department: Chemistry
Tel: 011 670 9224
Fax: 012 429 8549


  • PhD Chemistry (Unisa)
  • MSc Chemistry (Cum Laude) (Unisa)

Fields of academic interests

  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Ecotoxicological Studies
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Sensors and Electrodes



  • Our research centers on the use of ion selective electrodes in monitoring  dephosphorylation and phosphorylation reactions in the environment. This ecotoxicological study utilizes model compounds that mimic environmental situations.

Selected Publications
'Nitric oxide assisted hydrolysis of nitrophenylphosphate.'
Tafesse, Fikru; Enemchukwu, Martin; Nitric Oxide, 2008, 18 (4), 274-278

'Nitric oxide-triggered bis-trimethylenediaminecobalt(III) mediated hydrolysis of nitrophenylphosphate / sodium pyrophosphate.'
Tafesse, Fikru; Enemchukwu, Martin; Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 2010, 207 (1-4), 203-212

Fabrication of new solid state phosphate selective electrodes for environmental monitoring.'
Tafesse, Fikru; Enemchukwu, Martin; Water, Talanta, 2011, 83 (5), 1491-1495