Department of Chemistry

M Smith

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Science
Department: Chemistry
Tel: 011 670 9314


  • Current Studies: PhD Structural Chemistry (Wits)
  • MSc Chemistry (Cum Laude) (Unisa)
  • BSc Hons Chemistry (Unisa)
  • BSc Biochemistry and Chemistry (With Distinction) (Unisa)
  • Advanced Outcomes Based Assessment (With Distinction) (Unisa)

Fields of academic interests

  • Co-Crystal Engineering of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
  • Crystallography, Structural and Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemometrics, Multivariate Data Analysis and Experimental Design
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy (Raman and FTIR)
  • Chemical Education



  • CHE1501 - General Chemistry IA
  • CHE3722 - Physical Chemistry Practical III
  • CHE4808 - Honours Research Methodology / Project

Co-Crystal Engineering of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
Raman and infrared spectroscopic studies of chemicals, natural products and physical agents in food and beverages.
Spectroscopic investigation of physical properties of binary and ternary mixtures.
Bioanalytical applications of UV-visible, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy.

Selected Publications
Covalent-Assisted Supramolecular Synthesis: Masking of Amides in Co-Crystal Synthesis using Benzophenone Derivatives
Mark G. Smith, Roy P. Forbes, Andreas Lemmerer
(Published as part of the Crystal Growth & Design Mikhael Antipin Memorial Special Issue)
Cryst. Growth Des. 2015, 15, 3813-3821; DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00462