Dr Stephen Ojwach

Dr Ojwach is a Senior Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry and Academic Leader for Chemistry (PMB) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Ojwach holds a PhD degree in Applied Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous catalysis from the University of Johannesburg.

His main research area focuses on the design of transition metal complexes and their fundamental and theoretical investigations as catalysts in oligomerization, polymerization, carbonylation and hydrogenation reactions.
Quote:   “The impact of our actions on others counts the most.”
  PhD - University of Johannesburg 
MSc - University of Western Cape
BSc (Honours) - University of Nairobi
Discipline:   Chemistry
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
  033 260 5239
Recent Publications:   Aloice O. Ogweno, Stephen O. Ojwach, Mathew Akerman, (Pyridyl)benzoazole ruthenium(II) and ruthenium(III) complexes: role of heteroatom and ancillary phosphine ligand in the transfer hydrogenation of ketones, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 1228-1237.

Stephen O. Ojwach, Teddy T. Okemwa, Nelson W. Attandoh, Bernard Omondi, Structural and kinetic studies of the polymerizationreactions of ε-caprolactone catalysed by (pyrazol-1-ylmethyl)pyridine Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 10735-10745.

Asheena Budhai, Bernard Omondi, Stephen O. Ojwach, Emmanuel Y. Osei-Twum, James Darkwa Tandem ethylene oligomerization and Friedel-Crafts alkylation of toluene catalyzed by bis-(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene nickel(II) complexes and ethylaluminum dichloride, Catal. Sci. & Techno., 2013, 3, 3130-3135

Stephen O. Ojwach and James Darkwa, Pyrazole and (pyrazol-1-yl) metal complexes as carbon-carbon coupling catalysts Inorg. Chim. Acta. Rev. 363 (2010) 1947-1964.

Stephen O. Ojwach, Benade Letitia, Ilia A. Guzei, James Darkwa, Selwyn F. Mapolie, (Pyrazol-1-ylmethyl)pyridine nickel complexes: ethylene oligomerization and unusual Friedel-Crafts alkylation catalysts, Organometallics 28 (2009) 2127-2133.



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