Publications for the general public
  1. The Conversation “How the funding of science research in South Africa can be overhauled” Online published 19 September 2016. https://theconversation.com/how-the-funding-of-science-research-in-south-africa-can-be-overhauled-65272

  2. The Conversation “All roads to sustainable energy lead to the sun.” Online published 18 May 2017. Link (copy into browser): https://theconversation.com/all-roads-to-sustainable-energy-lead-to-the-sun-77180

  3. Quartz Africa “Solar energy is really our only answer for long-term sustainable energy” Online published 19 May 2017 https://qz.com/987397/solar-power-is-the-only-answer-to-africas-electricity-problem/

  4. The Conversation “Desalination: global examples show how Cape Town could up its game.” Online published 8 February 2018. https://theconversation.com/desalination-global-examples-show-how-cape-town-could-up-its-game-90949

Peer-reviewed papers

ISI-Thompson: h-index = 21; >1100 total citations; average citations per item: >15. (Nov 2018)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2012-8584

 

Selected papers of past 3 Years (>80 papers total)

 

R. S. Dhayal, W. E. van Zyl, C. W. Liu. Polyhydrido copper clusters: Synthetic advances, structural diversity and nanocluster-to-nanoparticle conversion.  Acc. Chem. Res., [ASAP] 2016, 49, 86-95.  [Winner of the Y. Z. Hsu Science paper award in Nanoscience & Technology category.]

R. S. Dhayal, J.-H. Liao, S. Kahlal, X. Wang,  Y.-C. Liu, M.-H. Chiang, W. E. van Zyl, J.-Y. Saillard, C. W. Liu [Cu32(H)20{S2P(OiPr)2}12]: The largest number of hydrides recorded in a molecular metal cluster by neutron diffraction. Chem.- Eur. J., 2015, 21, 8369-8374.

 

M.N. Pillay, H. van der Walt, R.J. Staples, and W.E. van Zyl. C/O/P/S cycles derived from oxidative intramolecular disulfide (-S-S-) coupling of ferrocenyl dithiophosphonates. J. Organomet. Chem., 2015, 794, 33-39.

 

V. Moodley, L. Mthethwa, M.N. Pillay, B. Omondi, W.E. van Zyl. The silver(I) coordination polymer [AgO2PPh2]n and unsupported Ag···Ag interactions derived from aminophosphinate and phosphinic acid. Polyhedron, 2015, 99, 87-95.       

 

M. Varkolu , D. Raju Burri, S.R.Rao Kamaraju, S. B. Jonnalagadda, W. E. van Zyl. Transesterification of glycerol with dimethyl carbonate over nanocrystalline ordered mesoporous MgO–ZrO2 solid base catalyst. J. Porous Mater, 2016, 23, 185-193.

 

S. Shabalala, S. Maddila, W. E. van Zyl, S. B. Jonnalagadda. A facile, efficacious and reusable Sm2O3/ZrO2 catalyst for the novel synthesis of functionalized 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives.     Catal. Comm., 2016, 79, 21-25. 

 

M. Varkolu, D. Raju Burri, S. R. Rao Kamaraju, S.B. Jonnalagadda, W.E van Zyl. Hydrogenation of biomass-derived levulinic acid by using formic acid as a hydrogen source over a Ni/SiO2 catalysts: influence of preparation method. Chem. Eng. Tech. 2017, 40(4), 719–726.

 

M. Varkolu, V. Moodley, F.S.W. Potwana, S. B. Jonnalagadda, W. E. van Zyl. Esterification of levulinic acid with ethanol over bio-glycerol derived carbon–sulfonic-acid. React. Kinet. Mech. Cat. , 2017, 120, 69-80.

 

T. J. Ajayi, M.N. Pillay, W.E. van Zyl. Solvent-free mechanochemical synthesis of dithiophosphonic acids and corresponding nickel(II) complexes. Phos. Sulf. Silicon Relat. Elem. 2017, 192 (11), 1205-1211. 

 

S. A. Ogundare, V. Moodley, W. E. van Zyl, Nanocrystalline cellulose isolated from discarded cigarette filters. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2017, 175, 273-281.

V. Moodley, S. Maddila, S.B. Jonnalagadda, W. E. van Zyl, Synthesis of triazolidine-3-one derivatives through the nanocellulose/hydroxyapatite-catalyzed reaction of aldehydes and semicarbazide. New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 6455-6463.

S.V.H.S. Bhaskaruni, S. Maddila, W. E. van Zyl, S. B. Jonnalagadda. RuO2/ZrO2 as an efficient reusable catalyst for the facile, green, one-pot synthesis of novel functionalized halopyridine derivatives Catal. Comm., 2017, 100, 24-28.             

 

S. Shabalala, S. Maddila, W. E. van Zyl, S. B. Jonnalagadda. Innovative efficient method for the synthesis of 1,4-dihydropyridines using Y2O3 loaded on ZrO2 as catalyst. Indust. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (40), 11372–11379.                  

S.V.H.S. Bhaskaruni, S. Maddila, W. E. van Zyl, S. B. Jonnalagadda. V2O5/ZrO2 as an efficient reusable catalyst for the facile, green, one-pot synthesis of novel functionalized 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives. Catal Today 2018, 309, 276–281.

R. S. Dhayal, H.-P. Chen, J.−H. Liao, W. E. van Zyl, C. W. Liu. Synthesis, structural characterization, and H2 evolution study of a spheroid-shape hydride-rich copper nanocluster. ChemistrySelect, 2018, 3, 3603– 3610.

S. A. Ogundare, W. E. van Zyl. Nanocrystalline cellulose as reducing- and stabilizing agent in the synthesis of silver nanoparticles: Application as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate Surfaces and Interfaces, 2018, 13, 1-10. 

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