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Department of Physics
Alphabetical list of personnel in physics department (Click on a surname to go directly to that person's details):

Surname Initials Surname Initials
Alberts H Machatine AJG
Auret FD Malherbe JB
Boeyens JCA Manyala N
Bredel L Meyburg E
Chabangu G Meyer WE
Chakraborty P Moji C
Chetty N Motsoeneng J
Cilliers L Nel J
Diale M Odendaal Q
du Toit R Prinsloo L
Duvenhage R Rakitianski S
Friedland EKH Selyshchev P
Grayson D Sartori A
Gries W Shithlane S
Hlatswayo T Smith J
Janse van Rensburg PJ Theron C
Joubert D van den Heever A
Krüger TPJ van der Berg N
Kunert HW van der Merwe J
Legodi M van Staden J
    Zander C
    Zoubos K




























Head of Department

Prof Chris Theron
Prof C Theron

Title: Professor of physics
Research Area: Solid State Physics & Nuclear Materials Research
Areas of specialization: RBS, surface interactions
Teaching: Modelling & simulations PHY255, Honours Solid State Physics PHY711
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-36
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2455
E-mail: Chris Theron

Secretary

Mrs E A Meyburgh

Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-36
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2455
E-mail: meyburgh_em








  Academic staff


Prof F D Auret

Title: Professor of Physics
Research Area: Electronic Materials and Thin Films
Teaching: Heat & Thermodynamics PHY255, Electronic materials PHY713
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-6
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2684
E-mail: auret_em




Prof N Chetty photo

Prof N Chetty

Curriculum Vitae
Title: Professor of physics
Areas of Specialisation: Quantum mechanical studies of solid state systems, density functional theory, the plane wave pseudopotential method; Computational physics education research
Teaching: Solid State physics PHY 364Computational modelling PHY 364
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-54
Tel : +27-(0)12 420 6204
E-mail: chetty_em 

Mrs M Diale

Dr M Diale

Title: Senior Lecturer
Research Area: Electronic Materials and Thin Films
Teaching: Physics PHY 153
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-7
Tel:+27-(0)12-420 4418
E-mail: diale_em





Prof R Duvenhage

Title: Associate Professor
Research Area: Mathematical physics
Areas of Specialisation: Quantum dynamical systems and ergodic theory
Teaching: Classical Dynamics PHY702, Statistical Physics PHY704
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-48
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2790
E-mail: duvenhage_em
 

 

hlatswayo

Dr T Hlatswayo

Title: Lecturer
Research Area: Nuclear materials
Teaching: Physics PHY 143
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-59
Tel:+27-(0)12-420-4777
E-mail: hlatshwayo_em




Mr J Janse van Rensburg

Title: Lecturer
Research Area: Electronic Materials and Thin Films
Areas of Specialisation: Radiation defects in semiconductors
Teaching: First course in Physics PHY 124 & PHY 163
Office : Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-2
Tel:+27-(0)12-420-3507
E-mail: jvr_em



Tjaart Kruger Dr TPJ Krüger

Title: Senior Lecturer
Research Area: Biophysics
Areas of Specialisation: Photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes, protein dynamics, bio-inspired solar cells
Teaching: Physical Optics PHY 263
Office : Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-24
Tel:+27-(0)12-420-2508
E-mail: Tjaart.Kruger@up.ac.za

 
Dolly Langa photo

Mr D Langa

Title: Lecturer
Research Area: Nuclear Materials and Surface Physics
Teaching: Mechanics & Thermodynamics PHY 144
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-22
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-3132
E-mail: langa_em




 

Mr M Legodi

Title: Lecturer
Research Area: Electronic Materials and Thin Films
Teaching: Electromagnetism PHY 356
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-5
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-4413
E-mail: legodi_em




 

Mr A G J Machatini

Title: Lecturer
Research Area: Group Theory
Teaching: Physical Optics PHY 263
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-57 (Main Campus)
Physics and Chemistry Building, F223 (Mamelodi Campus)
Tel: +27-(0)12-420 2459 (Main Campus)
+27-(0)12-842-3536 (Mamelodi Campus)
E-mail: machatine_em


Dr Manyala

Prof N Manyala

Curriculum Vitae


Title: Associate Professor and Deputy SARCHI Chair in Carbon Technology and Materials
Research Area: Carbon Technology and Materials
Teaching: Physics of Materials PHY 263
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-6 (Main Campus)
             South Campus 2, Room 1-36
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2908/3549
E-mail: manyala_em

Dr W Meyer

Prof W Meyer

Title: Associate Professor
Research Area: Electronic Materials and Thin Films
Teaching: First course in physics PHY 114, Electronics PHY 356
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-44
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2637
E-mail: meyer_em




Dr C Moji

Title: Senior lecturer
Research Area: Physics education
Teaching: Physics PHY 133
Office:  Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-11
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-4778
E-mail: moji_em




Dr J Nel

Title: Senior lecturer
Research Area: Electronic Materials and Thin Films
Teaching: First-year engineering physics FSK 126
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-11
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-3580
E-mail: nel_em



 

Mr Q Odendaal

Title: Lecturer
Teaching: General Physics PHY 131
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-51
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-3903
E-mail: odendaal_em





Prof S Rakitianski

Curriculum Vitae
Title: Professor of physics
Research Area: Quantum Few-Body Theory
Areas of specialization: Quantum resonances, computational methods in quantum few-body theory, meso-nuclear and hyper-nuclear systems.
Teaching: Mathematical Methods PHY701, Quantum mechanics PHY 703
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-53
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-3173
E-mail: rakitianski_em
 

Prof Selyshcev

Prof PA Selyshchev

Title: Professor of physics
Research Area: Complex Systems
Areas of specialization: Complex non-linear systems and their evolution
Teaching: Statistical physics PHY 364
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-70
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-6641
E-mail: selyshchev_em




Claudia Zander Dr C Zander

Title: Lecturer
Research Area: Quantum Entanglement
Teaching: Quantum mechanics PHY 356, Electrodynamics PHY 705, Classical Dynamics PHY 255
Office: Natural Sciences I, 5-4
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-
E-mail: zander_em



 
  Prof K Zoubos

Title: Professor
Research Area: Theoretical High Energy Physics
Teaching: Quantum Field Theory (Honours)
Office: Natural Sciences I, 5-14
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-
E-mail: Konstantinos.Zoubos@up.ac.za


 

Associated staff

Prof Alberts

Prof H Alberts

Title: Professor of Physics
Teaching: Engineering physics FSK 176
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-24
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2508
E-mail: alberts_em





Prof L Bredell

Prof L Bredell

Title: Associate Professor in Physics
Teaching: Radiation Physics RF 110, RFI220
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-15
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2787
E-mail: bredell_em






BCA Boeyens

Prof JCA Boeyens

More detailed personal information

Title: Extraordinary Professor
Research interest: Quantum chemistry
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-29
Tel : +27 (0)12 420 4528
E-mail: boeyens_em




Chakraborty

Prof P Chakraborty

More detailed personal information

Title: Honorary Professor
Presently  ‘Senior Professor of Physics’ at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India
Research interest: Atomic collisions in solids, SIMS, RBS, XPS, XTEM, XRR, MBE
Tel : +91 33 2337 5345-49 (5 lines) Extn : 1215 (India)
E-mail: chakraborty_em


Prof E Friedland

Prof E K H Friedland

More detailed personal information

Title: Extraordinary Professor
Research Area: Nuclear materials
Teaching: Nuclear Solid-state Physics PHY715
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-17
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2453
E-mail: friedland_em



Prof D Grayson

Prof D Grayson

Title: Professor Extraordinarius
Research Area: Physics Education








 

Prof Gries

Prof W Gries

More detailed personal information

Title: Honorary Professor
Research Area: Cognitive Physical Science
Research Interest: Implications of findings of the cognitive sciences for physical science
E-mail: gries_em




 

Prof H W Kunert

Title: Associate Professor of Physics
Research Area: Group theory
Teaching: Group Theory PHY716
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-49
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2636
E-mail: kunert_em


Prof JB Malherbe

Prof J B Malherbe

Detailed personal information

Title: Professor of Physics
Research Area: Nuclear materials & surface physics
Teaching: Vibrating systems & waves PHY 255, Analytical Physics PHY 714 (Hons)
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-66
Tel: +27 (0)12 420 2455
E-mail: malherbe_em

 

Dr N van der Berg

Dr N van der Berg

Title: Senior Lecturer
Research Area: Surface physics & Nuclear materials
Teaching: Radiography RFI 210
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-20
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-3115
E-mail: vdberg_em





Prof J van der Merwe

Prof J van der Merwe

Title: Honorary Professor
Research Area: Theory of Epitaxy
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-56
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2459





 

Prof J van Staden

Prof J van Staden

Title: Honorary Professor
Teaching: Exploring the Universe SCI 154/164
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-18
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2470
E-mail: vanstaden_em






Support Staff

Mr G Chabangu

Title: Messenger
Office: Natural Sciences 1 Room 5-36
 






 

Mrs L Cilliers

Title: First-year practical coordinator
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-16
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-4168
E-mail: cilliers_em







 

Mr D Joubert

Title: Mechanical technician
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 1-27
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-6806
E-mail: joubert_em





Mr J Motsoeneng

Title: First-year practical coordinator (Mamelodi)
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-8
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-4967
E-mail: motsoeneng_em






 

Mrs L Prinsloo

Title: First Technical Assistant (Raman & FTIR)
Research: Optical Characterisation
Areas of Specialisation: Raman & Infrared Spectroscopy
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 5-26
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2458
E-mail: prinsloo_em




 

Mr S Shithlane

Title: Workshop assistant
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 1-27


 




 

jaco smith

Mr J Smith

Title: Electronics technician
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-32
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2863
E-mail: smith_em







Mr A van den Heever

Mr A van den Heever

Title: Technical Assistant first-year laboratory
Office: Natural Sciences 1, Room 4-14
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-2094
E-mail: vdheever_em






Postdoctoral and Research Fellows
Dodoo-Arhin photo

Dr David Dodoo-Arhin

Postdoctoral fellow
Office: Natural Sciences 1, 4-12
Tel: +27-(0)12-420-4538
Research Area: Carbon Technology and Materials
E-mail: dodooarhin_em





 
trisha salagaram photo  Dr Trisha Salagaram

Postdoctoral fellow
Office: Natural Sciences 1, 5-13
Research Area: Theoretical and Computational Solid State physics
E-mail: salagaram_em