Chemistry and Physics are considered to be the central sciences and are important subjects in first year for many programmes of study. The School of Chemistry and Physics has several areas of specialisation within each discipline.


Chemistry is the study of atoms and molecules and how they react and interact with one another and with the environment. 


Physicists study the structure and behaviour of individual atoms and their components, the different forces of nature and their relationships, the physical properties of matter, and phenomena such as electricity and magnetism. 

Research Groups

Areas of Specialisation:
  • Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials Research
  • Catalysis
  • Green Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry & Environmental Science
  Areas of Specialisation: 
  • Space Physics
  • Astro Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Research
  • Particle Physics
  • Biomedical and Molecular Optics

UKZN Research Space

ResearchSpace is an institutional repository of the University's publications. It was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output. 

Take a look at our publications:
Research space

Chemistry & Physic research brochure

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