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Dr Kevin A. Lobb

Dr Kevin A Lobb

BSc, UED, BSc(Hons), PhD (Rhodes)

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Lecturer (Physical Organic Chemistry)

Dr Lobb spent two years as NMR specialist before being appointed as a Lecturer in the department. He teaches NMR and computational chemistry at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As a core member of RUBi [https://rubi.ru.ac.za/] he also teaches computational chemistry within the context of the coursework bioinformatics MSc programme. He has supervised and co-supervised 22 MSc and PhD students and has published some 32 papers.

His interests include reaction kinetics and the determination of organic reaction mechanisms (with particular emphasis on carbocations and carbocation rearrangements), and aspects of cheminformatics such as virtual chemical library generation and high throughput virtual screening in the context of drug discovery.


  •  1st Year - Atomic Structure and Bonding
  • 2nd Year - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • 3rd Year - Linear Free Energy Relationships, Molecular Modeling
  • Honours and MSc - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Molecular Modeling

Research interests

Carbocations and Carbocation Rearrangements, Kinetics and Mechanism.

2017 Publications:

  1. Adeyemi, C.M., Isaacs, M., Mnkandhla, D., Klein, R., Hoppe, H.C., Krause, R.W.M., Lobb, K.A. & Kaye, P.T. 2017. Synthesis and anti-parasitic activity of C-benzylated (N-arylcarbamoyl)alkylphosphonate esters. Tetrahedron, 73: 1661–1667. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2017.01.045
  2. Naz F, Khan FI, Mohammad T, Khan P, Manzoor S, Hasan GM, Lobb KA, Luqman S, Islam A, Ahmad F, Hassan MI, (2017). Investigation of molecular mechanism of recognition between citral and MARK4: A newer therapeutic approach to attenuate cancer cell progression. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.10.143. ISSN 0141-8130
  3. Moses, V., Bishop, OT. And Lobb, KA., 2017. The evaluation and validation of copper (II) force field parameters of the Auxiliary Activity family 9 enzymes. Chemical Physics Letters. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2017.04.022.
  4. Singh, A., Kaye, P. and Lobb, KA., 2017. 1H NMR-based kinetic and theoretical studies of the simultaneous formation of two discrete rotameric systems of a novel difenchyl sulfite ester. Tetrahedron. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2017.10.059

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Contact information

Tel: +27 46 6038683 ;  Fax: +2746 6225109
Postal Address: Department of Chemistry, Rhodes University, PO Box 94, Grahamstown, 6140, SOUTH AFRICA.

Courier Address: Room S40 Department of Chemistry, Cnr of University and Artillery Roads, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6140, SOUTH AFRICA.

Email: K.Lobb at ru.ac.za


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