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Professor Holger B Friedrich
School of Chemistry and Physics
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Westville Campus
Durban 4001
Tel: +27-31-2603107
Fax: +27-31-2603091
Email: friedric@ukzn.ac.za
Web page: catalysis.ukzn.ac.za

Academic Qualifications:
B.Sc. (chemistry & economics), University of Cape Town, December 1981
B.Sc. honours (chemistry), University of Cape Town, December 1983
Ph.D. (chemistry), University of Cape Town, December 1990

Relevant Employment
Apr 1992-1994
Alexander von Humdoldt Research Fellow Technical University of Munich
Jul 1994 – Dec 2000
Lecturer at the University of Natal (Durban, UND).
Jan 2001 – Dec 2004
Senior Lecturer at UND – now the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
Jan 2005 – Dec 2008
Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Jan 2009 – present
Full Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Jan 2012 – present
Academic Leader (Synthetic Chemistry, Westville Campus)

Some Recent Representative Publications
“Effect of Cu additives on the performance of a cobalt substituted ceria (Ce0.90Co0.10O2–δ) catalyst in total and preferential CO oxidation”, T. Cwele, N. Mahadevaiah, S. Singh and H.B. Friedrich, Appl. Catal. B, 182 (2016) 1-14.

“The preferential oxidation of CO in hydrogen rich streams over platinum doped nickel oxide catalysts”, Z. Mohamed, V.D.B.C Dasireddy, S. Singh and H.B. Friedrich, Appl. Catal. B, 180 (2016) 687-697.

“Synthesis and characterization of new η5-cyclopentadienyldicarbonylruthenium(II) amine complexes: Their application as homogeneous catalysts in styrene oxidation”, E.A. Nyawade, H.B. Friedrich, B. Omondi and P. Mpungose, Organometallics, 34 (2015) 4922-4931.

“Effects of organic modifiers on a palladium catalyst in the competitive hydrogenation of 1-octene versus octanal, an evaluation of some SCILL catalysts”, S.F.Miller, H.B. Friedrich, Cedric W. Holzapfel and V.D.B.C. Dasireddy, ChemCatChem, 7 (2015) 2628-2636.

“Cobalt “PNP” aminodiphosphine complexes as catalysts in the oxidation of n-octane”, D. Naicker, H.B. Friedrich, B. Omondi, RSC Adv., 5 (2015) 63125-63129.

“Hydrogen bonded co-crystallised layered isopropanol-pyrogallol[4]arenes”, P.B. Pansuriya, M. Bala, H.B. Friedrich and G.E.M. Maguire, Supramolec. Chem., 27 (2015) 545-551. [front cover]

“The effect of the oxidation environment on the activity and selectivity to aromatics and octenes over cobalt molybdate in the oxidative dehydrogenation of n-octane”, M.I. Fadlalla, H.B. Friedrich, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4 (2014) 4378-4385.

“Coordination chemistry of Co complexes containing tridentate SNS ligands and their application as catalysts for the oxidation of n-octane”, L. Soobramony, M.D. Bala, H.B. Friedrich, Dalton Trans. 43 (2014) 15968-15978.

“Liquid phase oxidation of n-octane to C8 oxygenates over modified Fe-MOF-5 catalysts”, M.D. Cele, H.B. Friedrich, M.D. Bala, Catal. Commun., 57 (2014) 99-102.

“The remarkable effect of various Au/Al2O3 preparations on the catalytic behaviour during the continuous flow hydrogenation of an octanal/octene mixture”, T. Chetty, H.B. Friedrich, V.D.B.C. Dasireddy, A. Govender, P.J. Mohlala and W. Barnard, ChemCatChem, 6 (2014) 2384-2393.

“The preparation of enantiomerically pure C4-symmetric tetramethoxy-resorcarenes obtained from (S)-(-)-1-phenylethyl isocyanate derivatives”, A.S. Thakar, H.M. Parekh, P.B. Pansuriya, H.B. Friedrich and G.E.M. Maguire, Eur. J. Org. Chem., (2014) 4600 – 4609.

“Characterisation and application of montmorillonite-supported Fe Schiff base complexes as catalysts for the oxidation of n-octane”, E. Kadwa, M.D. Bala, H.B. Friedrich, Appl. Clay Sci., 95 (2014) 340-347.

“The selective continuous flow synthesis of lower alcohols from polyols – a mechanistic interpretation of the results“,E. van Ryneveld, A.S. Mahomed, P.S. van Heerden, M.J. Green, C. Holzapfel, H.B. Friedrich, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4 (2014) 832 – 837.

“Mixed Cu-Ni-Co nano-metal oxides: A new class of catalysts for styrene oxidation”, J. Valand, H. Parekh, H.B. Friedrich, Catal. Commun. 40 (2013) 149-153.

“Microwave-Assisted Transfer Hydrogenation of ketones by Ru(xantphos) arene complexes”, T. Marimuthu and H.B. Friedrich, ChemCatChem, 4 (2012) 2090-2095.

“The effects of SCILL catalyst modification on the competitive hydrogenation of 1-octyne and 1,7-octadiene versus 1-octene”, S.F. Miller, H.B. Friedrich and C.W. Holzapfel, ChemCatChem, 4 (2012) 1337-1344.