The Department of Applied Chemistry is one of the pioneer departments of the National University of Science and Technology. It opened its doors to some of the university’s first students in 1991, with an intake of 21 students. At its inception the department was located at the Bulawayo Polytechnic and moved to its home, the Chemistry Building at the main campus in 2002.
Currently the department has a staff complement of 9 lecturers, of which 5 are PhD holders, 1 staff development fellow, 2 teaching assistants, and 7 technical support staff and 1 secretary. The Department prepares students for the Bachelor of Applied Sciences Honours degree through a four year program, in which the third year is designated as an industrial attachment year.
We also offer research-based Mphil/PhD Programs. The Applied Chemistry program was designed to produce quality graduates with the ability to use their knowledge to the practical solutions of real problems and to contribute to the further development in the field of Applied Chemistry.
The Department undertakes research to support Zimbabwean manufacturing industry, with the aim of developing new products, improving production processes and product quality, to enhance their competitiveness. At the same time research is focused on monitoring and reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes, conserving Zimbabwean natural resources and developing potential new products based on those resources.
We also offer consultancy services and Analytical services mainly in Water and Soil analysis to individuals and companies. However, the Department also looks to the future of chemistry in Zimbabwe, seeking to build research capacity in such fast developing areas such as materials chemistry, nanotechnology and computational chemistry.We continue being open to partnerships and interdisciplinary research opportunities for the mutual benefit of our department and organizations interested in working with us.