Postgraduate Study in Chemistry

 

Research programmes in the Department of Chemistry lead to the award of M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. Students with a first degree initially register for an M.Phil., but there is provision for transfer to the Ph.D., usually within the first two years of the programme. Scholarships are available for students of the highest academic standing. Some funding is usually available for registered, postgraduate students, not on scholarship, in the form of demonstratorships.

The Department is quite well equipped in terms of laboratory space, computer facilities and instrumentation to support these programmes. Instruments available include:

  • Gas, Liquid and Chromatographs;
  • Setaram Modular TGA/DSC/DTA/TMA (up to 1700oC);
  • Setaram micro DSC III microcalorimeter (with batch and continuous flow cells, heat capacity and flow mix cells);
  • Two (2) Gamry high sensitivity modular electrochemical workstations for electrochemical and corrosion measurements;
  • Home-constructed Taylor-Aris equipment for diffusion measurements;
  • Inert Atmosphere Glove Box;
  • Bruker    300,    400    and    600    (cryoprobe)   NMR spectrometers;
  • FTIR (ATR), Diode-Array, and UV-VIS Spectrometers;
  • Nuclear Quadrupole Double Resonance Spectrometer;
  • GC- and LC-/Electron spray ionisation (ESI)-Time of  Flight Mass Spectrometers;
  • Rapid Stopped-flow Kinetic Spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Varian Atomic Absorption Spectrometer with graphite furnace;
  • Perkin-Elmer  Inductively   Coupled   Plasma   Mass Spectrometer
  • Jasco Model J-720 Spectropolarimeter;
  • Olympus Phase Contrast and Polarizing Microscopes;
  • Veeco Multimode V Atomic Force Microscope/Scanning Electrochemical Microscope
  • Linux cluster parallel supercomputer with GROMACS  and GAUSSIAN and computational software
  • KSV Langmuir-Blodgett apparatus
  • Gas, Liquid and Chromatographs;
  • Setaram Modular TGA/DSC/DTA/TMA (up to 1700oC);
  • Setaram micro DSC III microcalorimeter (with batch and continuous flow cells, heat capacity and flow mix cells);
  • Two (2) Gamry high sensitivity modular electrochemical workstations for electrochemical and corrosion measurements;
  • Home-constructed Taylor-Aris equipment for diffusion measurements;
  • Inert Atmosphere Glove Box;
  • Bruker    300,    400    and    600    (cryoprobe)   NMR spectrometers;
  • FTIR (ATR), Diode-Array, and UV-VIS Spectrometers;
  • Nuclear Quadrupole Double Resonance Spectrometer;
  • GC- and LC-/Electron spray ionisation (ESI)-Time of  Flight Mass Spectrometers;
  • Rapid Stopped-flow Kinetic Spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Varian Atomic Absorption Spectrometer with graphite furnace;
  • Perkin-Elmer  Inductively   Coupled   Plasma   Mass Spectrometer
  • Jasco Model J-720 Spectropolarimeter;
  • Olympus Phase Contrast and Polarizing Microscopes;
  • Veeco Multimode V Atomic Force Microscope/Scanning Electrochemical Microscope
  • Linux cluster parallel supercomputer with GROMACS  and GAUSSIAN and computational software
  • KSV Langmuir-Blodgett apparatus

The Campus Library subscribes to the major, chemistry journals, and facilitates the procurement of material not on its shelves, from appropriate sources.

Students registered for an M.Phil. degree must complete two seminars and six credits of courses, as part of the requirement for the degree. Ph.D. students must complete three seminars, in addition to the nine credits of courses. These courses must include CHEM 6560 – Introduction to Research Techniques in Chemistry (4 credits) and, one advanced course (4 credits) in the area of study of the student.