Department of Chemistry

Dr N Magwa



  • BSc (NMMU)
  • BSc Hons (Rhodes)
  • MSc (Rhodes)
  • PhD (Rhodes)

Fields of academic interests

  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Structural Chemistry Hydrometallurgy 
  • Crystallization.

Field of Specialisation

My research interests are broadly centred on the design, synthesis and characterisation of organometallic complexes with specific biological application (such as in anticancer treatment) and also I am involved in the design of the transition metal complexes that are relevant in catalysis. Typical characterisation techniques include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), X-Ray Crystallography, Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Ultraviolet–visible Spectroscopy (UV-vis), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRD), Potentiometry and HYPERQUAD.


My other areas of interest include the use of the hydrometallurgical process for the recovery of various base metal (such as nickel, iron, zinc, and copper) from ores.

Journal articles

  • Sulphate removal from acid drainage using basic oxygen furnace slag, 4th International Conference of Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2018), Freeman Ntuli, Nomampondo Magwa.IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 191 (2018) 012116 doi:10.1088/1755-1315/191/1/012116

  • Nomampondo P. Magwa, E. Hosten, G. Watkins, Z. Tshentu. “The coordination and extractive chemistry of the later 3d transition metals with Bis (1R-benzimidazol-2-yl)methyl)sulphide”. Journal of Coordination Chemistry. 66 (1), (2013) 114-125.

  • Nomampondo P. Magwa, E. Horsten, G.M Watkins and Z. R. Tshentu. “An Exploratory Study of Tridentate Amine Extractants: Solvent Extraction and Coordination Chemistry of Base Metals with Bis (1Rbenzimidazol-2-yl)methyl)amine” International Journal of Nonferrous Metallurgy, 1, (2012), 49-58.

  • A Okewole, Nomampondo P. Magwa, Z. Tshentu, “ The separation of nickel(II) from base metal ions using 1-octyl-2-(2′-pyridyl)imidazole as extractant in a highly acidic sulphate medium, Hydrometallurgy, 121-124 (2012) 81-89.