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Professor (Chemical Sciences and Vice-Dean Research)
Name: Reinout Meijboom
Location: C Ring 211 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Prof Reinout Meijboom


Academic Qualifications and Professional Background

2017 – Current  Full Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2600, South Africa.

2010 – 2016    Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2600, South Africa

2009 – 2010    Senior lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2600, South Africa.

2007 – 2009    Senior lecturer, contract position, Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa.

2005 – 2007    Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa. Advisor: Professor A. Roodt.

2003 – 2004    Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Rand Afrikaans University, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park, South Africa. Advisor: Professor A. Roodt

2001 – 2003    Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa. Advisor: Professor J.R. Moss.

2007    NRF rated scientist (Y2).
2007    Member of the organizing committee of RheManTec (international conference).

2004    Presenter of the Merck seminar, University of Cape Town, November 24, 2004.

1995    Organiser of study tour to the U.S.A. and Canada for 30 students.
Reviewer for: S.A. J. Chem.; Metal Based Drugs.

Reinout graduated in the group of Prof. Jan H. Teuben at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands) in 1996 on a project involving the catalytic oligomerisation of cycloalkenones using [Cp*2YH]2 and [Cp*2YH]2 as the catalysts. In 1997 he started his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. John R. Moss at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). The research involved the synthesis of organometallic dendrimers. These dendrimers were of the carbosilane type, often containing air-sensitive organometallic fragments on its periphery. One of the great successes of that project was the synthesis and characterisation of the pyrophoric poly-lithiated carbosilane dendrimers. After completing the Ph.D. in 2001, and a short post-doc period in the same group, he moved to work with Prof. Andre Roodt at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) in August 2003. Research in the Roodt group mainly involved modified cobalt catalysed hydroformylation. The interest in synthetic, structural and catalytic properties of organometallic compounds resulted in the involvement with a number of research projects. Together with the rest of the group he moved to the University of the Free State in January 2005. Since October 2008 he was appointed at the University of Johannesburg.


  • General Chemistry (CEM1A10)
  • Physical Chemistry (CEM2A20)
  • Supramolecular Chemistry (Honours)

Research Interest

Specialisation: design, synthesis and characterisation of dendritic macromolecules and organometallic dendrimers with novel reactivity and properties. Design, synthesis and characterisation of novel inorganic and organometallic compounds. Evaluation of catalytic activity of homogeneous catalysts. Synthesis and characterisation of air-sensitive compounds. Research interests: immobilisation of homogeneous catalysts using dendrimers, biphasic systems, micro-emulsions, etc. and the evaluation of such systems. Evaluation of coordination compounds using X-ray crystallography combined with spectroscopic methods.

Some Recent Publications

1. Meijboom, R.; Haumann, M.; Roodt, A.; Damoense, L. “Synthesis, spectroscopy, and hydroformylation activity of sterically demanding, phosphite-modified cobalt catalysts”; Helv. Chim. Acta 2005, 88, 676 – 693.

2. Haumann, M.; Meijboom, R.; Moss, J.R.; Roodt, A.; “Synthesis, crystal structure and hydroformylation activity of triphenylphosphite modified cobalt catalysts”; Dalton Trans. 2004, 1679 – 1686.

3. Meijboom, R.; Hutton, A.T.; Moss, J.R. “Synthesis and characterization of lithiated dendrimers”; Organometallics 2003, 22, 1811 – 1815.

4. Meijboom, R.*; Bowen, R.J.; Berners-Price, S.J. “Coordination complexes of silver(I) with tertiary phosphine and related ligands”; Coord. Chem. Rev. 2008, 252, In the press. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2008.03.001

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