Chemistry Academic Staff
The Department has 33 academic staff and 10 technical staff members who are actively involved in teaching and research in the following areas of specialization:
• Organic Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry
• Analytical Chemistry
• Inorganic Chemistry
• Industrial Chemistry
• Computational Chemistry
The academic staff members are actively involved in research in their areas of specialization as follows.
Sumesh Chander Chhabra (PhD): Professor in natural products chemistry, with specialization in identification and structural elucidation of medicinal compounds from plants and herbs
Ahmed Hassanali (PhD): Professor in natural products chemistry, with specialization in bio-prospecting (arthropod repellents, acaricides, mosquitocides, trypanocides) and chemical ecology & control of human and animal disease vectors (tsetse, mosquitoes, ticks), plant pests (desert locust, stem borers, termites, postharvest pests) and parasitic weeds; arthropod ecological & behavior modeling.
Caroline Lang’at-Thoruwa (PhD): Associate Professor in natural products chemistry, synthesis and semi synthesis of natural products, pharmaceuticals - anti-malarials, anti-microbials and post-harvest natural pesticides.
Wilson Njue (PhD): Associate Professor in natural products chemistry, organic synthesis, natural products, phytochemical studies, medicinal properties of plants.
Hudson Nyambaka (PhD): Associate Professor in analytical chemistry with specialization in analysis of nutrients using chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, food processing and its effect on nutritional qualities; bioavailability and bioconversion of food nutrients; development of chemical procedures; environmental pollution from heavy metals and pesticides; analysis of aflatoxins in foods.
Jane I. Murungi (PhD): Associate Professor in analytical/environmental chemistry specializing in inorganic analysis of heavy metals and inorganic anions in water bodies; environmental pollution due to vehicular emissions, industrial effluents and indoor and outdoor particulates.
Henry Thairu (PhD): Associate Professor in physical chemistry specializing in
electrochemistry, corrosion studies, metal ion complexes and their use as environmental and biological ligands; thermodynamics studies.
Sauda Swaleh (PhD): Associate Professor in natural product chemistry with specialization in anti-malarial and antimicrobial constituents of medicinal plants and elucidation of their structures; analysis and bioactivity of essential oils and food toxicology studies.
Alex K. Machocho (PhD): Associate Professor innatural products chemistry with particular reference to bio-pesticides for the control of pests; anti-malarial and anti-microbial agents from medicinal plants; structural elucidation of natural products; synthesis of bioactive natural products.
Charles O. Onindo (PhD): Senior Lecturer in physical chemistry with specialization in metal ion complexes and their use as environmental and biological ligands; thermodynamics studies of biomolecules and metal ions in natural water and biological systems.
Ruth Wanjau (PhD): Senior Lecturer in analytical/environmental chemistry with emphasis on analysis of heavy metals and inorganic anions in water bodies; environmental pollution due to vehicles, industrial effluents and indoor and outdoor particulates; body immunity boosting nutrients.
Joseph K. Thiongo (PhD): Senior Lecturer in physical chemistry with emphasis on corrosion science and cement chemistry.
Richard Musau (PhD): Senior Lecturer in synthetic organic chemistry specializing in synthesis of furan-based bifunctional and macrocyclic molecules; identification of biologically active principles of medicinal plants; biofuels.
Alfonse W. Wanyonyi (PhD): Senior Lecturer in natural product chemistry with particular reference to isolation and structure elucidation of secondary metabolites from medicinal plants, mainly molluscicidal, antimalarials and biopesticides; synthesis of bioactive natural products.
Ram Manohar (PhD): Senior Lecture in organic and industrial chemistry
Margaret Nganga (PhD): Senior Lecturer in natural products chemistry with specialization in isolation and characterization of antimalarial compounds from plants; antiplasmodial assays; chemical ecology of ticks and tsetse.
Mildred Nawiri (PhD): Senior Lecturer in analytical chemistry with specialization in bioavailability and bioconversion of carotenoids from foods; environmental chemistry.
Evans Changamu (PhD): Lecturer in inorganic and computational chemistry with focus on coordination and organometallic chemistry, computational bioinorganic chemistry.
Bernard Ogolla (PhD): Lecturer in inorganic chemistry specializing in complex formation of rare earth metals with N-heterocyclic ligands; soil fertility status and their effect on plants/crops.
Gitari M. Mugambi (MSc.): Lecturer in theoretical chemistry; spectroscopy and Perturbation theory studies
Godfrey Kibe Macharia(PhD): Lecturer in inorganic and computational chemistry with focus on computational chemistry and quantum chemistry studies.
Harun M. Mbuvi (PhD): Lecturer in inorganic chemistry with focus on coordination and organometallic chemistry, transition metal catalysis, waste water treatment, soil fertility and porous materials.
Robert M. Bichanga (PhD): Lecturer in physical and industrial chemistry with focus on renewable energy and fuels, process equipment design, honey research.
Eric Masika (PhD): Lecturer in physical chemistry specializing in nanostructured inorganic and carbonaceous porous solids for environmental remediation and water purification.
Lucy W. Kiruri (PhD): Lecturer in physical and computational chemistry specializing in structure and reactivity of environmentally important compounds, catalytic reactions on metal oxides, transition states and electron transfer.
Isaac W. Mwangi (PhD): Lecturer in physical and analytical chemistry specializing in remediation of water and sanitation.
Peter Ndangili (PhD): Lecturer in physical chemistry specializing in
synthesis, functionalization and characterization of electro-active nanoparticles and subsequent application in sensors and biosensors
Lilian W. Gatogo (PhD): Lecturer in analytical chemistry specializing in
Julius M. Williams (PhD): Lecturer in synthetic organic and green chemistry specializing in structure modification of natural repellents; analysis of harmful contents in locally manufactured cosmetics and traditional medicine; clean selective reactions of polyols.
Henry Mwangi (PhD): Lecturer in organic chemistry specializing in phytochemistry of medicinal plants and algae.
Judy Mwaura (PhD): Lecturer in organic chemistry specializing in Molecular basis of glutamate transport in the mammalian central nervous system
(CNS) an the link between glutamate transport in the CNS and neurological/neuropsychiatric disorders
Katana Chengo (M.Sc.): Tutorial Fellow in inorganic chemistry specializing in
bioinorganic and computational chemistry.