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 Dr. Martin Onani

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Department of Chemistry
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications: PhD
Tel: 021 959 3050
Fax: 021 959 1400


 B.Ed (Sc) M.Sc. (Chemistry) Kenyatta University. PhD University of Natal, Post-Doc, University of Natal; Reviewer, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Elsevier , International Journal of Physical Sciences,  Inorganica Chimica Acta, Molecules, Transactions of the Royal Society of Chemistry, National Research Foundation, South Africa


 Committees served on: Library


 Henry M. Mwangi, Wilfred T. Mabusela, Berhanu M. Abegaz, Onani O. Martin Antimicrobial activities of a novel biflavonoid and other constituents from Rhus natalensis, Journal of medicinal plant research,  JMPR-12-1222. Accepted

Paul K Mensah, Emily A Okuthe, Martin O Onani, Sub-lethal effects of carbaryl on embryonic and gonadal developments of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Africa Journal of Aquatic Sciences, African Journal of Aquatic Science 2012, 37(3) 271–275

William M. Motswainyana, Martin O. Onani, Jeroen Jacobs and Luc van Meervelt Dichlorido-[2-(2,6-diethylphenyl)iminomethylquinoline-N,N']palladium(II),

acetonitrile solvate. Acta Cryst. (2012) C68, m356–m358

William M. Motswainyana, Martin O. Onani, New phenylene bridged binuclear bis (imino-quinolyl) palladium (II) complexes: Synthesis, characterization and Heck reactions
Inorganic Chemistry Communications, (2012) 24 221–224

William M. Motswainyana, Martin O. Onani, Stephen O Ojwach, Benard O Owaga, New imino-pyridyl nickel (II) complexes: Synthesis, Molecular structures and application as Heck Coupling Catalyst, (2012) Inorganica Chimica Acta, (2012) 391 93-97.

William M. Motswainyana, Martin O. Onani, Abram M. Madiehe, Bis(ferrocenylimine)palladium (II) and platinum (II) complexes: synthesis, molecular structure and evaluation as antitumor agents (2012) Polyhedron,(2012) 41 44-51.

Paul Mushonga, Martin Onani, Abram Madimabe Madiehe, and Mervin Meyer,  Indium Phosphide-Based Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Their Applications, J. nanomat. (2012) 2012, 869284-869293.

Martin O. Onani, Paul Mushonga, Lehlohonolo F. Koao, and Francis B. Dejene Luminescence Properties of Eu- and Mg-Codoped Sol-Gel SiO2 Glasses, ISRN Nanotechnology, 2012 (2012), Article ID 298694, 5 pages, doi:10.5402/2012/298694    


Aloice O. Ogweno and Martin O. Onani, Tricarbonylchlorido-η5-cyclopentadienyl)molybdenum(II)  (2012) Acta Cryst. E 68 (4) m364.

Martin O. Onani and William M. Motswainyana, Dichlorido[2-(phenyliminomethyl)quinoline-N,N']palladium(II) (2012)Acta Cryst. E 68 (4) m380.

Martin O. Onani, Roger A. Lalancette and William M. Motswainyana,


[kappa]^[2]N,P]methylpalladium(II) (2012) Acta Cryst. E68 (3) m339.

Martin O. Onani, Roger A. Lalancette and William M. Motswainyana


alladium(II); (2012)Acta Cryst. E68, (4), m387.

William M. Motswainyana, Stephen O. Ojwach, Martin O. Onani, Emmanuel I. Iwuoha, James Darkwa, Novel hemi-labile pyridyl-imine palladium complexes: Synthesis, molecular structures and reactions with ethylene Polyhedron (2011) 30 (15), 2574-2580. 

William M. Motswainyana and  Martin O. Onani,  2-quinolinecarboxaldehyde, Acta Cryst. (2011). E67, o2573.

William M. Motswainyana and  Martin O. Onani, Dichlorido[2-(2-thienylmethyl)iminomethyl)pyridin-\k2N,N']palladium(II)    Acta Cryst. (2011). E67, m1392.


Martin O. Onani, William M Motswainyana, Emmanuel I Iwuoha, James Darkwa, Roger A. Lalancette, 2-chloro-2-methyl-1, 1-diphenyl-3[2-(thiophen-2-yl)ethyl]-1<it>H</it>-3$I4, $I5, 2-benzo[d]1-aza-3-phospha-2-palladacylohexane. Acta Cryst. (2010). E66, m688

Martin O. Onani, Roger A. Lalancette, Naftali T. Muriithi, Eunice A.

Nyawade and Boitumelo V. Kgarebe, Pentacarbonyl{3-[(2S)-1-methylpyrrolidin-2-
yl]pyridine}tungsten(0), Acta Cryst. (2010). E66, m480

Martin O Onani, Jan-Andreٰ Geternbach, Muhammad A Bala Bromido-1jBr-tricarbonyl-2j3C-(2g5-cyclopentadienyl)molybdenum(II)-tungsten(II)(W—Mo), Acta Cryst E64 (2008) mm780.

Evans O. Changamu, Holger B. Friedrich , Martin O. Onani, Melanie Rademeyer, Reaction studies on some functionalized alkyl transition metal compounds and the crystal structure of [Cp(CO)3W{(CH2)3NO2}], Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 691 (2006) 4615–4625.

Holger B. Friedrich, Martin O. Onani and Melanie Rademeyer,  Tricarbonyl(h5-cyclopentadienyl)(3-iodopropyl)tungsten(II), Acta Crystallographica (Section E) E61 (2005) m144-m146.

Holger B. Friedrich, Howie R Alan and Martin O. Onani, Tricarbonyl(3-carboxypropyl)(h5-cyclopentadienyl)tungsten(II)], Acta Crystallographica (Section E) E60 (2004) m1641-m1643.

Holger B. Friedrich, Martin O. Onani and Melanie Rademeyer, 3-Bromopropyldicarbonyl(h5-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)iron(II), Acta Crystallographica (Section E) E60 (2004) m551-m553.

Holger B. Friedrich, R. Alan Howie, Michael Laing and Martin O. Onani Transition metal-substituted paraffins: synthesis and properties of some µ-saturated heterobimetallic complexes containing Mo and W or Fe and the crystal structures of [(η5-C5H5)(CO)3W(CH2)3Mo(CO)2(PPh3)(η 5-C5H5)] and [(η5-C5H5)(CO)2(PPh3)Mo(CH2)3Fe(CO)2(η5-C5H5)]  J. Organomet. Chem. (2004) 689 181-193.

Holger B. Friedrich, Mayashree Govender, Xolani Makhoba, T. Dennis Ngcobo, Martin O. Onani  The Os/Cu–Al-hydrotalcite catalysed hydroxylation of alkenes, Chemical Communications, 2003, 22 2922-2923

Holger B. Friedrich, R Alan Howie, Martin O. Onani,  Orde Q Munro [Dicarbyl([(h5-cyclopentadienyl)iron]- μ2-1,3-propanediyl-[dicarbonyl ([(h5-cyclopentadienyl)Ruthenium (II]], Acta Crystallographica, Section E E59 2003,m145-m147.

Holger B. Friedrich, Martin O. Onani and Orde Q. Munro, Preparation and Properties of the Halogenoalkyl Compounds [(h5-C5H5)(CO)2(PPhiMe3 - i)Mo{(CH2)nX}] (n = 3, 4; i = 0-3, X = Br, I) and [{h5-C5(CH3)5} (CO)3Mo{(CH2)nX}] (n = 3, 4; X = Br, I) and the crystal structures of [(h5-C5H5)(CO)3W{(CH2)5I}], [(h5C5H5)(CO)3W{(CH2)3Br}] and [(h5-C5H5)(CO)2(PPh3)Mo{(CH2)3I}], Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 633, 2001, 39-50. 

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