Mr. NYANGA, Clive (MSc Chemistry)
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
Chemistry is an excellent choice for students with lively and enquiring minds. It touches all aspects of our lives such as food, clothing, shelter, and health. It is therefore related to many fields of science and technology such as physics, biology, medicine, pharmacy, education, and many other processes.
The Department of Chemistry is one of seven departments in the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (SMNS) which offersthe traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry),as well as the interdisciplinary frontiers at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The department stresses independent and collaborative research where students and staff can participate in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and integrate and apply the chemical knowledge and skills they have learned in their courses in the context of original work appropriate to Zambia and the global village at large.
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT
The Department of Chemistry at Mukuba University aims to equip our students with the conceptual and experimental tools required to understand and manipulate the molecular world. It offers classroom, laboratory, and independent study experiences that span the areas of Chemistry.
The Department therefore, serves the nation by advancing and disseminating knowledge as it educate students, catalyses economic development, and provides scientific leadership in the chemical sciences.
The Departmental mission, therefore, is to:
- Create a community of scholars who seek a fundamental, atomic/molecular-scale understanding of chemical reactions and properties of matter. These graduates should apply that understanding in innovative ways to solve problems and improve the human condition.
- Provide an innovative educational environment where students learn to be independent scientists and scientifically literate citizens.
- Partner with communities both inside and outside the university. The department supports the application of the chemical sciences to address societal needs and seeks to be a driving force within the nation in the area of Science and technology.
PROGRAMS TO BE OFFERED SOON
POST GRADUATE PROGRAMS
- Plant remedies used to treat venomous snake bites in Zambia
- Pharmacology of Plant Remedies used to treat hypertension, Diabetes and HIV/AIDS in Zambia and the Molecular structure Elucidation of some bioactive Compounds
- Recyclable and biodegradable plastics
- Controlled drug release systems
- Biomedical or environmental sensors
- Studying metal-binding properties of proteins, e.g., the quenching of fluorescence of alpha-macroglobulin due to its binding to Pb;
- Using detection methods to measure stress biomolecules in novel matrixes, such as cortisol in hair;
Fate, transport and bioavailability
- Design and Synthesis of ligands for the Sequestering of Metal Ions
- Study of the Fate of phytochemicals Present in Turmeric root, Avocado Fruit, Beetroot and Garlic Cloves During and after Fermentation
- The Study of the fate of Lipids and other Chemicals in the process of the Spoiling of Avocado Fruit and Leaves
- Development of New Synthetic and Natural Detergents
- The Study of Chelation of Metal Ions by Molecular Species Derived from Food Plants (Garlic, Spider plant, Tumeric, Aloe Vera, Avocado, etc)
- Study of the Phytohemical Composition of the Pericarp of the Mufungo Fruit and Seed of the Masuku Fruit
- The Study of the Chemistry of Fibers Derived from the Muyombo Plants: Adsorption Properties, Synthesis of Nanofibres, etc.
Determination of Glutathione and Vitamin D in a Selection of Zambian Foods
- Conversion of waste materials such as plastics, cow dung to fuel for a sustainable environment.
Designing of enzymes that degrade non-biodegradable materials for a sustainable environment.