Dr. Nyawade Eunice

Dr. E Nyawade

Email: enyawade@jkuat.ac.ke
Office location: NSC First Floor, Room 001
Position: Lecturer
Area of specialization: Inorganic and organometallic chemistry


PhD – University of kwaZulu natal,  MSc. – Kenyatta University,  BEd (Chemistry & Zoology) – Kenyatta University


Dr. Eunice Nyawade holds a PhD in Inorganic chemistry from University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She was awarded the national research foundation (NRF, South Africa) scholarship for her PhD studies. During her PhD research she investigated the antimicrobial activity of ruthenium (II) complexes on various antibiotic resistant bacteria and discovered that some of the metal complexes were active against the resistant bacteria. At the same time, she investigated the catalytic activities of the same complexes on various organic synthetic processes and showed their suitability on homogeneous processes such as oxidation of olefins and other unsaturated organic compounds. She completed her PhD in April 2015 and was employed as a Lecturer of inorganic chemistry by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in August 2015. Two years later, she was awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the South African National Research Foundation for studies at University of the Western Cape, South Africa. In her postdoctoral research, Dr. Nyawade studied the antibacterial and anticancer activities of Schiff bases and their palladium (II) complexes.

She is an active member and deputy secretary of the Kenya Chemical Society.
Her research interest is in (a) Platinum group metal (PGM) complexes and their applications (i) in biological processes/medicine and (ii) as catalysts in organic synthesis and industrial processes (b) nano particles as vehicles for drug delivery directly to the diseases tissues and organs and (c) supported transition metals/nano particles as catalysts for the production of fine chemicals.

She has presented her research work in many conferences and published a number of peer reviewed articles in high profile journals.

Quote: “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve”


Onani, M., Lalancette, R. A., Muriithi, N. T. and Nyawade, E. A. and Boitumelo V. Kgarebe, Pentacarbonyl{3-[(2S)-1-methylpyrrolidin-2-yl]pyridine}tungsten(0). Acta Cryst. E66 (2010) m480

Nyawade, E. A., Friedrich, H. B., M’thiruaine, C. M. and Omondi, B. Synthesis, characterization and crystal structure of two polymorphs of iodo-bridged ruthenium (1+)tetracarbonylbis(η5-2,4-cyclopentadien-1-yl) µ-iodidotetrafluoroborate salt. Journal of Molecular Structure 1048 (2013) 426.

Nyawade, E. A., Friedrich, H. B. and Omondi, B. Synthesis, characterization and crystal structures of new water-soluble 1-alkanamine-dicarbonyl(η5-cyclopentadienyl)ruthenium(II) tetrafluoroborate complex salts. Inorganica Chimica Acta 415 (2014) 44

M’thiruaine, C. M., Friedrich, H. B., Nyawade, E. A. and Omondi, B. Syntheses and structural characterization of 2,4,6-trimethylaniline complexes of iron carbonyls. Inorganica Chimica Acta 423 (2014) 550–554

Nyawade, E. A.  Holger B. Friedrich, H. B. Omondi, B.  Chenia, H. Y.  Singh, M. and Gorle, S. Synthesis and characterization of new α,α′-diaminoalkane-bridged dicarbonyl(η5-cyclopentadienyl)ruthenium(II) complex salts: Antibacterial activity tests of η5-cyclopentadienyl dicarbonyl ruthenium(II) amine complexes. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 799-800 (2015) 138-146

Nyawade, E.A, Friedrich, H. B.  and Omondi, B. Synthesis, characterization and structural elucidation of dicarbonyl(η5-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)ruthenium(II) complex salts of 1-alkylamines. Inorganica Chimica Acta 44 (2016) 9-14

Nyawade, E. A., Friedrich, H. B.,  Omondi, B. and  Mpungose, P. Synthesis and Characterization of New (η5–Cyclopentadienyl)dicarbonylruthenium(II) Amine Complexes: Their Application as Homogeneous Catalysts in Styrene Oxidation. Organometallics, 34(20), (2015) 4922 – 4931

Nyawade, E.A., Onani, M. O., Meyer, S., and Dube P. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity studies of new 2-pyrral-l- amino acid Schiff base palladium (II) complexes. Chemical papers journal (article accepted and is being typeset) December 2019


Nyawade, E. A. Water-soluble Organoruthenium Complex Salts in Biphasic Catalysis; Synthesis. Annual Conference of the Catalysis Society of South Africa at Langebaan, Cape Town, South Africa, (Nov, 2012) Poster presentation

Nyawade, E. A. Synthesis and characterization of novel amine complexes [CpRu(CO)2]+ and Cp*Ru(CO)2]+ (Cp=C5H5; Cp*=C5Me5). Inorganic 2013 Conference at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, Durban, South Africa (July, 2013) Poster presentation

Nyawade, E. A. Synthesis and characterization of new 1-aminoalkane complexes of [CpRu(CO)2]+ and Cp*Ru(CO)2]+ (Cp=C5H5; Cp*=C5Me5). The Catalysis Society of South Africa 24th Annual Conference at Wild Coast Sun, Port Edward, South Africa, (Nov, 2013). Poster presentation

Nyawade, E. A. Antimicrobial activity of new ruthenium(II) amine complex Salts, [(η5-C5H5)Ru(CO)2L]BF4 (L = RNH2). Postgraduate Research Day (College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science) at UKZN, Westville campus, (Oct, 2014).  Poster presentation

Nyawade, E. A. New water-soluble η5-cyclopentadienyldicarbonylruthenium(II) complexes in catalytic oxidation of olefins. Catalysis Society of South Africa 25th Annual Conference at St. George Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa, (Nov. 2014). Oral Presentation

Nyawade, E. A. New water-soluble η5-cyclopentadienyldicarbonylruthenium(II) complexes in catalytic oxidation of olefins. Kenya Chemical Society, 8th International Conference and Exhibiton held at the University of Nairobi, College of Physics and Biological Sciences, Chiromo Campus (5th – 8th May, 2015). Oral Presentation

Nyawade, E. A. Synthesis and Biological Activities of Pyrrole-2-Carboxaldehyde Amino Acid Schiff Base Palladium(II) Complexes. XXVII Conference on Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry held at Smolenice, Slovakia (2nd – 7th June, 2019). Oral Presentation