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Dr (EHG) Ernie Langner
Senior Lecturer
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Short CV

Mr Langner has been a High School teacher in Physical Science and Mathematics for eight years before he was appointed as lecturer at UFS in 2001. He teaches Physical Chemistry to undergraduate as well as honours students.

Ernie obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 with his research on Phthalocyanine-Polymer systems with biomedical application. Some of the research results during his M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies were published internationally.  He also presented posters on conferences in France, Russia and South Africa. Ernie has done some of this research in overseas laboratories: University of East Anglia, England and University of Tromsø, Norway.

From June 2009 till June 2010 he visited the Schuit Institute for Catalysis at the Eindhoven University of Technology for a post-doctoral year. Here he took part in a research project on flat surface models of Ziegler-Natta catalysts.

Dr. Langner`s research now focusses on the synthesis and application of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF`s) in heterogeneous catalysis.

  • Swarts, J.C., Langner, E.H.G., Krokeide-Hove, N., Cook, M.J., J. Mater. Chem., 11, 434 (2001);
  • Swarts, J.C., Langner, E.H.G., Shago, R.F., Davis, W.L., Polymer Preprints, 45, 452 (2004);
  • Davis, W.L., Shago, R.F., Langner, E.H.G., Swarts, J.C., Polyhedron, 24, 1611 (2005);
  • Chapter in book: Ernie H. G. Langner, Wade L. Davis, Rebotsamang F. Shago, Jannie C. Swarts, Chapter 31: Spectroscopic and Liquid Crystal Properties of Phthalocyanine Macromolecules with Biomedical Applications, in Metal-Containing and Metallo-Supramolecular Polymers and Materials, Ulrich S. Schubert, George R. Newkome and Ian Manners (Ed.), Oxford University Press, New York, p 443 – 455 (2006)

The development of capacity for the synthesis and characterisation of microporous Metal Organic Framework materials.  The derivatisation of these materials for possible application in heterogeneous catalysis or as support materials for drug delivery.

Area(s) of Interest
  • Metal Organic Framework synthesis and characterisation
  • Gas Adsorption Analysis
  • Nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • UV/VIS Spectroscopy
  • Cyclic Voltammetry


Courses Presented
  • Physical Chemistry for Undergraduate and Honours Students
Community Service
  • Annual Minquiz
  • Annual Science Adventure Camp
  • Judge at Annual Science Expo
  • Visits from school groups