Current group members

Lauren Ball (PhD) – Block copolymers for the SMALP technology

Anya Brits (MSc) – Light-induced RAFT-mediated polymerization

Ruvimbo Chagwedera (PhD) – Drug delivery system for malaria transfer inhibition

Annerike Cronje (PhD) – Poly(aryl-triazole) foldamers

Randy Cunningham (PhD) – Copolymerization of maleic anhydride and N-vinylpyrrolidone

Rudolf Dreyer (PhD) – Polymeric metal chelates

Leanne Kellermann (PhD) – Reversible hydrogels

Gestél Kuyler (PhD) – Polymers for GPCR isolation and investigation

Bennie Motloung (PhD) – Cellulose nanofibers-based materials

Rueben Pfukwa (Senior Lecturer) – Main research interests: synthetic polymer chemistry and supramolecular behaviour of polymers

Sinothando Sibariboyi (PhD) – Chain-end functional amphiphilic copolymers

Chandré Smit (Post-doc) – Translational post-doc: upscale and commercialization of developed IP

Michael-Phillip Smith (MSc) – Foldamer-based biomimetic hydrogels

Ryno van Niekerk (MSc) – Phase behaviour of hetero-arm molecular brushes


Current students supervised by Rueben Pfukwa

Jaques Buys (PhD) – Block copolymer-based polymeric prodrugs

Miché Daniels (MSc) – 3D printed antimicrobial materials


Klumperman group Alumni

Niels Akeroyd – currently: IFF, Hilversum (Netherlands)

Ahmed Al Aeeb – currently: Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Nathalie Bailly – currently: Noordwijk (Netherlands)

Elaine Barnard – currently: Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)

Nusrat Begum – currently: Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Luca Bertossi – currently: LaunchLab, Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Cor Beyers – currently: EPS Europe/Valspar Cooperation (Netherlands)

Stefan Bon – currently: Warwick University, Coventry (UK)

Jelena Bozovic-Vukic – currently: SABIC, Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands)

Osama Bshena – currently: Zawia University (Libya)

Judit Canadell-Ayats – currently: AKZO Nobel (Netherlands)

Greogory Chambard – currently: Dow Corning (Belgium)

William Cloete – currently: Washington area (USA)

Paul Cools – currently: DSM Neoresins, Waalwijk (Netherlands)

Lizl Cronje – currently: Danie Cronje Attorneys, Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Mathijs de Geus – currently: EMPA, Winterthur (Switzerland)

Jacky de Letter – currently: Yara, Sluiskil (Belgium)

Patrick de Man – currently: RBS Sempra Commodities, New York City (USA)

Andrew de Vries – currently: Department of Science & Technology (South Africa)

Amanda Dodd – currently: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg(South Africa)

Ellen Donkers – currently: Yara International, Sluiskil (Netherlands)

Hildegard du Plessis – currently: Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Sandile Dyantyi – currently: University of the Western Cape, Cape Town (South Africa)

Zaskia Eksteen – currently: Twente University, Enschede (Netherlands)

Reda Fleet – currently: Kansai-Plascon, Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Lisa Fortuin – currently: KTH, Stockholm (Sweden)

Mark S Frahn – currently: Saint Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus, Florida (USA)

Maurice Frijns – currently: AKZO Nobel, Deventer (Netherlands)

Gabriela Garbonova – currently: University of Birmingham (UK)

Patricia Geelen – currently: CoPo Solutions, Buchten (Netherlands)

Johnel Giliomee – currently: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Sven Graef – currently: Sasol (South Africa)

Chuma Gqola – currently: Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Njabu Gule – currently: Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Waled Hadasha – currently: Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Elrika Harmzen – currently: Beam Analytical (Pty) Ltd, Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Nelmari Harmzen – currently: Neo Paints, Windhoek (Namibia)

Marie Claire Hermant – currently: BASF, Ludwigshafen (Germany)

Ingrid Heyns – currently: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (USA)

Lebohang Hlalele – currently: Flint Group AB (Sweden)

Lisanne IJgosse – currently: Utrecht (Netherlands)

Alex Ilchev – currently: University of Nottingham (UK)

Jaco Jacobs – currently: Stryker (Ireland)

Rick Janssen – currently: Stahl, Waalwijk (Netherlands)

Simba Jokonya – currently: University of Washington, Seattle, WA (USA)

Hamilton Kakwere – currently: University of California, Davis (USA)

Anna Kargaard – currently: QPharma AB, Malmö (Sweden)

Peter Kelemen – currently: VUCHT j.s.c., Šaľa (Slovakia)

Renier Kemp – currently: Tessara, Epping (South Africa)

Jules Kierkels – currently: Anteryon, Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Eugene Lakay – currently: Mintek, Gauteng (South Africa)

Marvin Langlais – currently: France

Norah Maithufi – currently: Sasol Polymers, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Nellie Mama – currently: Nelson Mandela University (South Africa)

Feziwe Mamba – currently: South Africa

Siyasanga Mbizana – currently: Fine Chemicals Company, Epping (South Africa)

James McLeary – currently: BASF, Gauteng (South Africa)

Freda Meltz – currently: Sasol, Secunda (South Africa)

Sthembile Mhlongo – currently: CSIR, Pretoria (South Africa)

Andre Michler – currently: Afriplex, Paarl (South Africa)

Precious Mongwaketsi – currently: iThemba Labs, Somerset-West (South Africa)

Khotso Mpitso – currently: University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus, Phuthaditjhaba (South Africa)

Udi Narsingh – currently: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town (South Africa)

Priscilla Nyakombi – currently: Tessara, Epping (South Africa)

Frans Olmanst – currently: Olmanst Industrial Automation, Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Harry Philipsen – currently: DSM Resolve, Geleen (Netherlands)

Mpho Phiri – currently: Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

Gwenaelle Pound-Lana – currently: CNRS, Grenoble (France)

Paul Reader – currently: rain South Africa, Cape Town (South Africa)

Joris Salari – currently: TNO, Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Mike Schellekens – currently: DSM Neoresins, Waalwijk (Netherlands)

Chris Scholtens – currently: Tejin Aramid, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Ahson Shaikh – currently: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Peshawar (Pakistan)

Martina Slawinski – currently: Total Petrochemicals, Brussels (Belgium)

Auke Snijder – currently: AKZO Nobel, Sassenheim (Netherlands)

Bastiaan Staal – currently: BASF, Ludwigshafen (Germany)

Maarten Staal – currently: BASF, Raleigh-Durham (USA)

Wim Staal – currently: Staalmeesters Consultancy (Netherlands)

Andri Swanepoel – currently: CSIR, Pretoria (South Africa)

Lebusetsu Taleli – currently: H3D, Cape Town (South Africa)

Hector Tello-Manon – currently: COMEX (Mexico)

Gözde Tuzcu – currently: PTG Eindhoven (Netherlands) 

Eric van den Dungen – currently: AKZO Nobel, Sassenheim (The Netherlands)

Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt – currently: University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Alet van der Westhuyzen – currently: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Bas van Deursen – currently: Oleon, Breda (Netherlands)

Marieke van Rens – currently: Open University, Tilburg (Netherlands)

Welmarie van Schalkwyk – currently: SciCorp Laboratories, Pietermaritsburg (South Africa)

Judith van Wijk – currently: Eastman, Middelburg (Netherlands)

Shane van Wyk – currently: Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Andre van Zyl – currently: SABIC, Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands)

Rajan Venkatesh – currently: BASF, Mumbai (India)

Lehani Verwey – currently: Apollo Tyres, Enschede (Netherlands)

Inge Weideman – currently: Stellenbosch Nanofiber Company, Cape Town (South Africa)

Nicole Whiting – currently: The Really Great Teacher Company, Tygervalley (South Africa)

Celeste Wilken – currently: Sasol, Sasolburg (South Africa)

Simone Wubbe – currently: Synthomer, Frankfurt (Germany)