Work conducted at South Africa's University of Zululand's might soon be applied in areas like energy storage and water treatment. The University, that is little more than a glorified high school, is now synthesising and characterising nanomaterials for possible industrial applications.
They have focussed on coordination chemistry, the science of studying how well disparate chemicals work together in various combinations. They are using this technology to develop a variety of organometallic compounds for potential use as inorganic antibiotics and for treating chloroquine-resistant malaria. Other compounds may, in future, be used as microelectronic devices and to treat heavy metal polluted industrial waste water.