Professor Werner van Zyl

Werner van Zyl pursued his undergraduate studies in South Africa and his PhD studies at Texas A&M University USA with John P. Fackler, Jr. (1994-1998). He was also NWO postdoctoral associate at the University of Twente, Netherlands (1999-2003).

He worked at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) before joining UKZN as a Senior Lecturer in 2008 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor.

His research interests include: Inorganic- and Coordination Chemistry; Green Chemistry; Nanomaterials Chemistry
Quote:   “There is no purpose of life, only in life, so have a life driven purpose in everything while alive.”
  Associate Professor
  PhD - Texas A&M University 
MSc - RAU 
BSc (Honours)
Discipline:   Inorganic Chemistry
Campus:   Westville
  031 260 3188
Research Areas:   Green Chemistry
Material Science
Recent Publications:   W.E. van Zyl and J.D. Woollins. The coordination chemistry of dithiophosphonates: An emerging and versatile ligand class. Coord. Chem. Rev., 2013, 257, 718-731.

P.-K. Liao, W.-S. Chang, Y.-C. Lee, W.E. van Zyl and C. W. Liu. The secondary phosphite selenide, CpFe(CO)2P(Se)(OiPr)2, as an organometalloligand in heterometallic M-Se-P-Fe(Cp) type complexes, [M = Cr(0),W(0), Pd(II), Pt(II), Au(I)]. Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 5258-5265. (Cover art).

M.N. Pillay, B. Omondi, R.J. Staples and W.E. van Zyl. A hexanuclear gold(I) metallatriangle derived from a chiral dithiophosphate: synthesis, structure, luminescence and oxidative bromination reactivity. CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 4417-4421.

Y.-C. Lee, Y.-R. Lin, B.-Y. Liou, J.-H. Liao, N.K. Gusarova, B.A. Trofimov, W.E. van Zyl and C.W. Liu. Dinuclear gold(I) dithio- and diselenophosph(in)ate complexes forming mononuclear gold(III) oxidative addition complexes and reversible chemical reductive elimination products. Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 663-670.



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