The Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Rehana Malgas-Enus. Rehana was Senior Lecturer in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry and a highly valued member of the Department. She was taking part in Stellenbosch University’s Future Professors program and at the time of her passing she was visiting TU Dresden (Germany) on the prestigious Eleonore Trefftz Fellowship. Apart from being the enthusiastic leader of the RME Nano Research group, Rehana was the driving force behind outreach programs of the Department. Through the SUNCOI program she was able to reach many high school learners and their teachers.

We offer our deepest condolences to Rehana’s husband and her family in this difficult time. 

  • 2020 Judging of the potjiekos competition


The Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science is one of the pre-eminent research departments in Chemistry in South Africa and is engaged in a wide range of research areas. The department hosts three Research Chairs and has the largest research effort in Polymer Science in the country.

We aim to create and maintain an academic environment where research and education in chemistry will grow and continue to flourish at an international level, attracting top scholars and students, thus benefiting the entire South African community.

We offer undergraduate BSc degrees in Chemistry and Polymer Science, Materials Technology, and Chemical Biology. Postgraduate research projects leading towards MSc and PhD degrees are offered by the department’s many research groups. We are also the only department in South Africa to offer a BSc degree with a focus on materials technology from a chemistry and polymer science perspective; this evolved from the previous textile and polymer science stream to be applicable to the study of a wider range of materials.

Our human capital and infrastructure can be summarised as follows:

  • 22 academic and 3 research staff
  • 22 support staff
  • Approximately 100 postgraduate students
  • 2 Distinguished Professors
  • The SASOL Chair of Analytical Polymer Science
  • The Department houses 20 NRF rated researchers. These include 2 A rated, 6 B rated, 10 C rated and 2 Y rated researchers.
  • R48 Million (about €3.8 Million) has been invested in physical infrastructure over the past 5 years, mostly to upgrade the research laboratories

Upcoming events

October 7, 2022
  • PhD proposal presentations: K Oosthuizen & T Mphateng

    October 7, 2022  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    De Beers 2003


October 10, 2022
  • Course on International Paten Law - Hans Nieuwkamp

    October 10, 2022  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


October 11, 2022
  • Course on International Paten Law - Hans Nieuwkamp

    October 11, 2022  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm