Start main page content

The Molecular Sciences Institute (MSI)


  • The MSI represents the research activities of the Wits School of Chemistry and its collaborators. The Institute provides an environment that supports academic excellence.
  • It coordinates research efforts in pure and applied chemistry, both within the University and in collaborative programmes with national and international research centres.
  • It fosters academic–industrial interaction, and it seeks to satisfy the needs of South African industry for highly skilled graduates.
  • There are 27 academic staff members, 17 of whom have NRF ratings (December 2014). There are links with over 65 national and international collaborators, as well as to industry.


The Wits School of Chemistry also houses the South African Chemical Institute (SACI), the body in South Africa which is responsible for the promotion of the interests of chemistry and chemists.