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Chemistry Africa

Chemistry Africa

A Journal of the Tunisian Chemical Society

Executive Editor-in-Chief: M. M. CHEHIMI
Associate Executive Editor-in-Chief Adel MEGRICHE
Editors-in-Chief: M.L. EFRIT; V.K. JAIN; H. FRIELINGHAUS; A. SOLDERA

ISSN: 2522-5758 (print version)
ISSN: 2522-5766 (electronic version)

Journal no. 42250

About the Editors & the Society

Executive Editor-in-Chief 

Mohamed M. CHEHIMI (ICMPE, CNRS, Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallee, France)

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Mohamed M. CHEHIMI is Senior Researcher at the French CNRS. He obtained his PhD degree in physical organic chemistry at the University Paris Diderot in 1988 and joined CNRS in 1989 for a permanent research position. His main research topics involve the design of reactive and functional polymer and nanocomposite coatings. He has spent time and efforts developing aryldiazonium salts as new coupling agents in materials science. The applications encompass adsorbents, electrochemical sensors, reactive fillers, antibacterial surfaces, and electronic devices. He is expert of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis for a broad range of materials including polymer composites. Dr. Chehimi has supervised over 22 PhD theses and collaborated with academic researchers from 20 countries. He is a reviewer for many international journals from reputable publishers. He has over 270 research papers, 23 book chapters and 3 patents to his credit. He is the editor of three books and guest-edited three themed issues. In 2017 Dr. Chehimi has been appointed Executive Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Executive Vice Editor-in-Chief 

Adel MEGRICHE (Tunis El Manar University, Tunis, Tunisia)

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Adel MEGRICHE is full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Head of Applied Mineral Chemistry Laboratory at the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia. He graduated from the “Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon” in France with Master (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees in Chemistry. His main research interests focus on the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanomaterials and nanoparticles, particularly TiONts (titanate nanotubes), thin Films and Nanotechnology, luminescence properties of polyphosphates materials, reactivity of Solids, mechanisms of hydration and setting of cements. He has supervised more than 5 PhD and 10 Masters’ degree students. He published more than 30 research papers in international journals. He is currently serving as the elected President of the Tunisian Chemical Society. He is also member of the Supreme Council of the Union of Arab Chemists. In 2017 Dr. Megriche has been appointed Executive Vice Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Editor-in-Chief of Organic & Organometallic Chemistry 

Mohamed Lotfi EFRIT (Tunis El Manar University, Tunis, Tunisia)

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Mohamed Lotfi EFRIT is full Professor at the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1997 from Tunis El Manar University. After working as Assistant Professor during few years at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunis, he was promoted to Professor of Chemistry before joining the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. There, he is now Director of the Laboratory of Selective Organic and Heterocyclic Synthesis-Biological Activity Evaluation. His research interests lie mainly in the field of organic synthesis and especially in methodological studies in heterocyclic chemistry. He published more than 40 research papers in international journals. In 2017 Dr. Efrit has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic, Solid-State Chemistry & Catalysis 

Vimal K. JAIN (UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai, India)

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Vimal K. JAIN is currently the Director of UM-DAE-Centre for excellence in Basic Sciences in Mumbai, India. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in organic chemistry from Agra University (1976) and Ph.D. from Rajasthan University, Jaipur (1981) in India. After a Post-Doctoral stint (1981-1984) at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada he was appointed as Scientific Officer in Chemistry Division at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in India where he was elevated to Head Chemistry Division and Distinguished Scientist. His research interests include: organo-metallic and metallo-organic chemistry of platinum group metals and main group elements, design and synthesis of molecular precursors for inorganic materials, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and high purity materials. He is author/co-author of more than 350 research papers including more than a dozen review articles published in international peer reviewed journals. He has supervised the thesis work of 26 Ph.D. and 7 Masters’ degree students. He has received more than 10 national and international awards. In 1995 he was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and was the Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (1988–1991). He was a national representative of IUPAC, a fellow of IUPAC and Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.) and a member of Project Advisory Committees of Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi. He was a member of Editorial boards of a number of scientific journals. He has co-edited a multi-author book titled “Organoselenium Compounds in Biology and Medicine” being published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. In 2017 Dr. Jain has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Editor-in-Chief of Structural, Analytical & Physical Chemistry 

Henrich FRIELINGHAUS (Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, Garching, Germany)

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Henrich FRIELINGHAUS is Senior Researcher at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) of the German Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH in Garching, Germany. He obtained a Ph.D. in Physics at the University Aachen in 1998, which was supervised at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. After a two-year postdoctoral research at the Risø National Laboratory in Denmark, he returned to the Forschungszentrum Jülich as an instrument responsible for the small angle neutron scattering (SANS) instrument KWS-2. In 2006 the majority of the neutron instrument suite moved to the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) at the FRM-2 in Garching, and Henrich Frielinghaus became the leader of the SANS group and coordinated soft matter activities at MLZ. His research topics were microemulsions, nanocomposites, polymer melts and micellar solutions, mostly investigated using SANS and other neutron methods. Dr. Frielinghaus was mentoring 6 Ph.D. theses, reviewer of many international journals. He published more than 100 research papers, 8 book chapters and 4 patents. In 2017 Dr. Frielinghaus has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Editor-in-Chief of Organic Materials & Composites 

Armand SOLDERA (Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)

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Armand SOLDERA is currently a full Professor at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec (Canada), and Director of the Quebec Centre for Functional Materials. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. degree in in Molecular Physical Chemistry for his work on liquid crystals from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg in France. Afterward, he pursued his career as a postdoctoral fellow, first at Université Laval in Quebec, working in polymer and liquid crystal sciences, and at RUG in Groningen, the Netherlands working on scattering of polymers. In 1994, he was hired by the French “Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique” (CEA) as a research engineer in the military division, where he began to work on molecular simulations of polymers. In 2002, he joined the Université de Sherbrooke as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department. Later, he has been promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and full Professor in 2009. From 2010 to 2016 he was the Department Chair. From 1996 to 2016 he was also an Adjunct Professor at ISMANS (Le Mans, France). At the University of Sherbrooke, he founded the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Matter. His research focuses on the study of the intimate link between micro and macroscopic scales in soft matter (polymers, liquid crystals, and organic glasses). He merges together simulations and experiments following a multi-scale approach. He is author/co-author of more than 75 research papers published in international peer reviewed and indexed journals. In 2017 Dr. Soldera has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Associate Editors of Organic & Organometallic Chemistry 

Virginie R.-VIDAL (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris / Chimie-ParisTech, Paris, France)

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Virginie R.-VIDAL is a Research Scientist at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France. She is expert in asymmetric catalysis of Ru, Rh, and Ir, green Chemistry, design of atropisomeric ligands, metal-catalyzed formation of C-H and C-C bonds using Ru, Rh, Ir, and Pd catalysts, asymmetric hydrogenation, heterogeneous catalysis with nanoparticles, and total synthesis of natural products. She has published more than 120 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Design & Synthesis of Organic Architectures.

Farhat REZGUI (FST-University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia)

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Farhat REZGUI is a Professor at the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. He is expert in structural organic chemistry. He has published more than 30 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Design & Synthesis of Organic Architectures.

Li CAI (University of South Carolina Lancaster, USA)

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Li CAI (University of South Carolina Lancaster, USA) is an Associate Professor of Chemistry, whose research focuses on carbohydrate chemistry, enzymatic synthesis of carbohydrates, and chemical glycobiology. Dr. Cai is also devoted to enhancing the teaching and learning of chemistry, which includes advising undergraduate researches. He received his B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and M.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Peking University. He then attended the Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. He has published over 50 papers (h-index 17). He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Design & Synthesis of Organic Architectures.

Leopold JIROVETZ (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria)

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Leopold JIROVETZ is a Research Scientist at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is expert in GC/MS analysis and antimicrobial activity of essential oils. He has published more than 180 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Medicinal & Natural Products.

Hichem BEN JANNET (FSM-University of Monastir, Monastir, Tunisia)

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Hichem BEN JANNET is a Professor at the University of Monastir, Tunisia. He is expert in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, natural product Chemistry, and organic synthesis. He has published more than 55 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Medicinal & Natural Products.

Christian BRUNEAU (University of Rennes1, Rennes, France)

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Christian BRUNEAU is a Research Scientist at the University of Rennes1, France. His is expert in homogeneous catalysis, enantioselective catalysis, olefin metathesis, allylic substitution and C-C bond formation, and hydrogenation. He has published more than 295 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry.

Ridha BEN SALEM (FSS-University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)

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Ridha BEN SALEM is a Professor at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. His is expert in organic synthesis and organic reactions. He has published more than 30 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry.

Abderrahmane SANHOURY (USTM-Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, Nouakchott, Mauritania)

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Abderrahmane SANHOURY is a Research Scientist at the University of Sciences, Technology and Medicine, Mauritania. He is expert in DFT, NMR and coordination chemistry. He has published more than 40 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry.

Guozhen LIU (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

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Guozhen LIU is a Research Scientist at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is expert in electrochemical and optical sensors, interface chemistry, stimuli-responsive nanoparticles, in vivo devices, and single cell analysis. She has published more than 60 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Bioconjugate & Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Lei YE (Lund University, Lund, Sweden)

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Lei YE is a Research Scientist at Lund University, Sweden. He is expert in applied biochemistry, molecular imprinting and new functional materials and devices. He has published more than 130 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Bioconjugate & Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Associate Editors of Inorganic, Solid-State Chemistry & Catalysis 

Mohamed KHITOUNI (FSS-University of Sfax, Tunisia)

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Mohamed KHITOUNI is a Professor at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. He is expert in materials characterization, heat treatment and mechanical proprieties of metals and alloys. He has published more than 60 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Metals & Metal Alloys.

Juan Jose SUNOL (University of Girona, Spain)

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Juan Josep SUNOL is a Professor at the University of Girona, Spain. He is expert in materials characterization, microstructure and magnetic materials. He has published more than 200 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Metals & Metal Alloys.

Ezzeddine SRASRA (CNRSM-Technopark of Borj Cedria)

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Ezzeddine SRASRA is a Research Scientist and a Professor at CNRSM-Technopark of Borj Cedria, Tunisia. He is expert in development, synthesis, behavior, characterization, modeling and applications of clays and related materials. He has published more than 120 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Ceramics & Glasses.

Vamsi Krishna BALLA (Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute India, Kolkata, India)

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Vamsi Krishna BALLA is a Research Scientist Professor at Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India. His is expert in biomaterials, prosthesis/implant design & development, surface engineering, patient specific implants, laser processing, additive manufacturing, advanced materials processing & manufacturing, and processing-microstructure-property correlations. He has published more than 100 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Ceramics & Glasses.

Juraj BUJDAK (Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Juraj BUJDAK is a Research Scientist and a Professor at Central Glass and Comenius University, Slovakia. He is expert in structural and mechanical characterization of nanoclays and nanocomposites based on natural modified materials. He has published more than 100 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Ceramics & Glasses.

Nassira BOUDJADA (NEEL Institute, Grenoble, France)

Nassira BOUDJADA is a Research Scientist at NEEL Institute, France. She is expert in materials structure and radiations. She has published more than 50 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Crystallography.

Houcine NAILI (FSS-University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)

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Houcine NAILI is a Professor at University of Sfax, Tunisia. He is expert in materials characterization, crystal structure and XRD analysis. He has published more than 80 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Crystallography.

Ismail KHATTECH (FST-University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia)

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Ismail KHATTECH is a Professor at University of University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. He is expert in Thermochemistry, micocalorimetry, enthalpy, dissolution and calorimetric studies. He has published more than 45 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Thermodynamics, Energetics & Process Engineering.

Jordi FARJAS (University of Girona, Girona, Spain)

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Jordi FARJAS is a Research Scientist at University of Girona, Spain. He is expert in thermal analysis of complex oxides, ceramic materials and polymers. He has published more than 95 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Thermodynamics, Energetics & Process Engineering.

Samir FARHAT (University Paris 13, Villetaneuse, France)

Samir FARHAT is a Professor at University Paris 13, France. He is expert in chemical processes, nanoparticles synthesis, Process simulation and chemical reaction Engineering. He has published more than 80 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Thermodynamics, Energetics & Process Engineering.

Alexey PESTRYAKOV (Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia)

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Alexey PESTRYAKOV is a Research Scientist at Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia. He is expert in QD chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, physical chemistry, ecological chemistry, and nanotechnologies. He has published more than 93 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Catalysis.

Xiang WANG (Nanchang University, Nanchang College of Chemistry, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China)

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Xiang WANG is a Professor at Nanchang University, China. He is expert in heterogeneous, industrial, environmental benign, clean energy catalysis and solid surface structural chemistry. He has published more than 90 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Catalysis.

Latifa BERGAOUI (University of Carthage, Tunisia)

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Latifa BERGAOUI is a Professor at the University of Carthage, Tunisia. She is expert in heterogeneous catalysis, kinetics, chemical analysis, catalyst characterization, catalyst synthesis, and porous materials. She has published more than 55 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Catalysis.

Francis Verpoort (Ghent University, Belgium; Wuhan University of Technology, China; Khalifa University, UAE)

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Prof. Francis Verpoort received his DPhil from Ghent University, Belgium in 1996. In 1998, he became professor at the same university. In 2004, he founded a spin-off company of Ghent University based on (latent) ruthenium olefin metathesis catalysts. Currently, next to full professor of Ghent University, he is a chair professor at State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing (Wuhan University of Technology, China). Recently, he was appointed as full professor at Khalifa University, UAE. He published more the 280 articles, several chapters of books and has more than 20 patents. He received several Honorary Degrees and his main research interests concern the structure and mechanisms of organometallic material chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, MOFs and MOPs, Porous organic Polymers (POPs), water splitting, olefin metathesis and its applications in fine chemicals and polymers, CO2 conversion, polymers. A particular specialism is the application of MOFs, POPs for environment, water purification and downstream upgrading applications.

Associate Editors of Structural, Analytical & Physical Chemistry 

Digambara PATRA (American University of Beirut, Department of Chemistry, Beirut, Lebanon)

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Digambara PATRA is a Professor at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. His is expert in nanoparticle synthesis, polymeric particles/capsules preparation, fluorescence spectroscopy and single molecule fluorescence imaging. He has published more than 85 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Spectroscopy, Diffraction & Scattering Techniques.

Marco GEPPI (Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy)

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Marco GEPPI is a Professor at Università di Pisa, Italy. He is expert in synthetic organic chemistry, spectroscopy, chirality, NMR structure elucidation and fuel cells. He has published more than 110 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Spectroscopy, Diffraction & Scattering Techniques.

Babak MINOFAR (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic)

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Babak MINOFAR is a Professor at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. He is expert in molecular dynamics simulations of proteins and DNA in non-aqueous media, computational materials science, DFT, and molecular structure. He has published more than 30 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Computational Chemistry & Modelling.

Sabrina PRICL (University of Trieste, Italy)

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Sabrina PRICL is a Professor at the University of Trieste, Italy. She is expert in correlation and prediction of the structure/property relationships for complex molecular systems such as dendrimers, proteins and drug carriers. She has published more than 220 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Computational Chemistry & Modelling.

Ali EFTEKHARI (University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

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Ali EFTEKHARI is a professor of chemistry temporarily with the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast. He has worked on various aspects of electrochemistry particularly energy storage systems for 20 years. He has established two research-oriented academic schools from scratch. The last one in Ethiopia was named as an exceptional success story in the African higher education by the British newspaper, The Guardian. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IMMM). He is the principal author of more than 100 papers published in leading scholarly journals and has supervised over 110 postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. Following his outstanding contribution to the academic excellence, he was elected as a Principal Fellow (a rare status limited to 0.8% of the fellows) of the Higher Education Academy. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Electrochemical Processes & Electroanalysis.

Fetah PODVORICA (University of Prishtina, Prishtina, Kosovo)

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Fetah PODVORICA is a Professor at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He is expert in electrochemistry, environmental electrochemistry, materials chemistry, and surface modification with organic films. He has published more than 35 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Electrochemical Processes & Electroanalysis.

Noureddine RAOUAFI (FST-University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia)

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Noureddine RAOUAFI is a Professor at the University of University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. He is expert in nanobiochemistry, materials chemistry, and electrochemistry. He has published more than 50 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Electrochemical Processes & Electroanalysis.

Aziz AMINE (Hassan II University of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco)

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Professor Amine’s research over the last 30 years has been focused on Sensors and Biosensors and their use in Analytical Chemistry. He has authored more than 150 papers and received over 6500 citations to his work; his h-index is 43 (June 2019). He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Electrochemical Processes & Electroanalysis with focus on (bio)sensors.

Eric VAN HULLEBUSCH (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands)

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Eric VAN HULLEBUSCH is a Research Scientist at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands. He is expert in developing ecotechnologies for natural systems for the treatment of, and resource recovery from, domestic waste water, with an emphasis on nutrient cycles and related biological processes for solid organic waste management and resource recovery (bioenergy, biochar, compost, gas treatment) and for solid hazardous waste management and resource recovery (critical elements selective recovery). He has published more than 180 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Water Sciences & Environment.

Mehmet A. OTURAN (University Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallee, France)

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Mehmet A. OTURAN is a Research Scientist at the University Paris-Est, France. He is expert in the generation of radical species in a catalytic way by means of electrochemical, chemical or photochemical techniques and their use in environmental chemistry in the frame of the advanced oxidation processes, including their application to chemical kinetics, degradation mechanisms and electrochemical engineering. He has published more than 175 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Water Sciences & Environment.

Mohamed KSIBI (ISBS-University of Sfax, Tunisia)

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Mohamed KSIBI is a Professor at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. He is expert in nanotechnology, environmental chemistry, and catalysis. He has published more than 45 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Water Sciences & Environment.

Sergei V. PREIS (South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)

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Sergei V. PREIS is a Professor at South China University of Technology, China. He is expert in wastewater treatment, heterogeneous catalysis, and environmental engineering. He has published more than 70 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Water Sciences & Environment.

Associate Editors of Organic Materials & Composites  

Med Naceur BELGACEM (University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP-Pagora and Agefpi, France)

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Med Naceur BELGACEM is a Professor at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France. He is expert in chemical engineering, polymer chemistry and biomaterials. He has published more than 280 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Polymers, Colloids & Composites.

Mehmet A. TASDELEN (Yalova Universitesi, Department of Polymer Engineering, Yalova, Turkey)

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Mehmet A. TASDELEN is a Professor at Yalova Universitesi, Turkey. He is expert in polymer chemistry, nanocomposites, controlled polymerization methods, and click chemistry. He has published more than 84 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Polymers, Colloids & Composites.

Sorina A. GAREA (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania)

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Sorina A. GAREA is a Research Scientist at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. She is expert in synthesis and applications of polybenzoxazine resins, nanocomposites based on thermosetts resins with different nanostructured agents (layered silicates, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane) and drug delivery systems. She has published more than 75 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Polymers, Colloids & Composites.

Hafedh KOCHKAR (FST-University of Tunis El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia)

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Hafedh KOCHKAR is a Professor at the University of University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. He is expert in thin films and nanotechnology synthesis, nanomaterials synthesis, nanostructured materials, nanoparticles materials and engineering. He has published more than 45 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Nanomaterials & Nanostructures.

Nadine MILLOT (University of Burgundy, Dijon, France)

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Nadine MILLOT is a Research Scientist at the University of Burgundy, France. She is expert in biological applications of nanopowders. She has published more than 60 papers. She has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Nanomaterials & Nanostructures.

Zhien ZHANG (Chongqing University of Technology, Chongqing, China)

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Zhien ZHANG is a Research Scientist at the Chongqing University of Technology, China. He is expert in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, finite element, method separation technology, industrial engineering and Cosmol multiphysics. He has published more than 25 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Nanomaterials & Nanostructures.

Emilio BUCIO (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, Mexico)

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Emilio BUCIO is a Research Scientist at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico. He is expert in cross linking, polymer synthesis, spectroscopy, and thermal analysis. He has published more than 95 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Surface Modification.

Ajay SINGH (BARC, Mumbai, India)

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Ajay SINGH is a Research Scientist at BARC, Mumbai, IT films, Nanotechnology and Materials Processing. He has published more than 100 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Surface Modification.

Amane JADA (Institut de Sciences des Matériaux de Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France)

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Amane JADA is a Research Scientist at Institut de Sciences des Matériaux de Mulhouse, France. He is expert in surfactants, colloids, nanomaterials, porous materials and minerals. He has published more than 55 papers. He has joined Chemistry Africa as Associate Editor evaluating submissions in the fields of Surface Modification.

Managing Editor 

Halim HAMMI (National Center for Research in Materials Sciences, Ecopark Borj Cedria, Tunisia)

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Halim HAMMI received his PhD degree in chemistry from the Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia in 2004. During his PhD, he also worked as a lecturer at the “Institut Préparatoire aux Études d’Ingénieurs de Nabeul”, Tunisia in 2003. After his PhD, he joined the “Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique” in Tunis, Tunisia as a full-time researcher. In 2007, he contributed to the creation of the “Centre National de Recherche des Sciences des Matériaux – CNRSM” in Tunis. Dr. HAMMI’s research focuses on phase diagrams applied to high concentrated solutions like natural brines, chemical process design and materials science, valorisation of industrial effluents (phosphogypsum, reverse osmosis reject brines) and their use in manufactory of fertilizers, cements, building materials (R & D) and chemometrics (experimental design and optimization). He has over 25 publications in international journals. He has co-supervised more than 7 PhD and 20 Master projects. Since 2006, he was elected to the Board of the Tunisian Chemical Society. He is also the General Secretary of the society since 2010. In 2017 he has been appointed Managing Editor of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Assistant Editor 

Imed LAAJIMI (Tunisian Chemical Society, Tunisia)

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Imed LAAJIMI worked during 38 years as lab technician in the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. In 2006, he joined the Tunisian Chemical Society where he started to digitalize the content of its journal and manage its various activities mainly related to the organisation of conferences. He managed to modernize and update the workspace of the soceity thanks to his computer and designing skills. In 2017 he has been appointed Assistant Editor of Chemistry Africa by the Tunisian Chemical Society and Springer.

Publishing Editor 

Nabil KHELIFI (Middle East & North African Program, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany)

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Nabil KHELIFI received fellowships from START in 2005 and the DAAD from 2006 to 2010 to continue with his Ph.D. studies in marine geosciences at the University of Kiel in Germany. After completing his Ph.D. in 2010, he received two postdoctoral research grants from the DFG to pursue his self-designed research projects at the GEOMAR Ocean Research Centre in Kiel, which involved reconstructing past changes in oceanography and climate in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea using marine sediment samples retrieved by the International Ocean Drilling Program. He subsequently published his research findings in prominent scientific journals. He also received funding from the ESF to co-organize two workshops on Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). In early 2014, he received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship to continue with his research projects at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Although his interest in scientific research remained strong, in March 2014 he decided to pursue his career as a Senior Publishing Editor with Springer, Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing Springer’s publishing program in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). He also helps researchers in MENA countries publish their work by delivering educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve their publication output and quality. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Carthage, Tunisia and King Saud University, KSA, where he offers M.Sc./Ph.D. courses on geo-communication/presentations and techniques for publishing papers, and career professional development workshops. Most recently, Dr. KHELIFI was awarded the 2016 Africa Green Future Leadership Award in recognition of work contributing to sustainable development by advancing science and promoting publications in Africa and the Middle East. In 2017 he has launched Chemistry Africa together with the Tunisian Chemical Society. The journal is part of Springer MENA program which currently consists of publishing and developing 18 academic journals from the Arab World.

The Tunisian Chemical Society 

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Since its creation in 1978, the Tunisian Chemical Society (TCS) has spent time and efforts for the development of chemistry in Tunisia on the academic viewpoint and to assist Tunisian chemists in their quest of a modern research in chemical sciences. Particularly, the two mainstreams of the TCS activity are: (i) organization of international conferences relevant to all aspects of chemical sciences, and (ii) publication of the « The Journal of the Tunisian Chemical Society » (JTCS), an international forum reporting peer-reviewed original research articles, reviews and short communications covering all branches of chemistry. The JTCS is published twice a year since 1978 and is indexed in CAS. In September 2017, a new era has started for the TCS with the publication of their journal by Springer. A new title has been created (Chemistry Africa – A Journal of the Tunisian Chemical Society) and a totally new concept has been shaped, made possible by the coverage of new exciting topics and the involvement of international distinguished editors.
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The Tunisian Chemical Society celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. Over the decades the society has pushed academic boundaries and led research development in chemical sciences. Series of events are dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Tunisian Chemical Society. International conferences, scientific seminars and research/educational symposiums are to be held in different parts of Tunisa during 2018.

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    Chemistry Africa is a new international peer reviewed journal published by Springer on behalf of the Tunisian Chemical Society (TCS). The journal is seeking innovative research articles, reviews, and communications in all fields of Chemistry.

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    Topic 1.  ORGANIC & ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY
    Topic 1.1. Design & Synthesis of Organic Architectures
    Topic 1.2. Medicinal & Natural Products
    Topic 1.3. Organometallic & Coordination Chemistry
    Topic 1.4. Bioconjugate& Bioanalytical Chemistry
    Topic 2.  INORGANIC, SOLID-STATE CHEMISTRY & CATALYSIS
    Topic 2.1.  Metals & Metal Alloys
    Topic 2.2. Ceramics & Glasses
    Topic 2.3.Crystallography
    Topic 2.4. Thermodynamics, Energetics & Process Engineering
    Topic 2.5. Catalysis
    Topic 3.  STRUCTURAL, ANALYTICAL & PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
    Topic 3.1. Spectroscopy, Diffraction & Scattering Techniques
    Topic 3.2.  Computational Chemistry & Modelling
    Topic 3.3. Electrochemical Processes & Electroanalysis
    Topic 3.4. Water Sciences & Environment
    Topic 4.  ORGANIC MATERIALS & COMPOSITES
    Topic 4.1. Polymers, Colloids & Composites
    Topic 4.2. Nanomaterials & Nanostructures
    Topic 4.3. Surface Modification

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