Prof. Muchiri Daniel Rugwe

Prof. Daniel R. Muchiri, PhD

Professor of Chemistry

Faculty of Science,

Chemistry Department

Egerton University.

P.O.Box 536-20107


Mobile: +254 722 633068

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9/1983 - 3/1985

Post Doctoral Fellow, University of South Florida, U.S.A

9/1978 - 7/1983

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Synthetic Routes from Thienopyridine N-Oxides. University of Oregon, U.S.A.

10/1976 - 8/1978

M.Sc. Organic Chemistry, Hydroxyl- Protecting Groups in Serine and Threonine. University of Nairobi, Kenya.

6/1973 - 6/1976

B.Sc. (1st Class) Chemistry, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

4/1970 - 12/1972

Diploma in Education, Chemistry and Maths, Kenya Science Teachers’ College, Kenya.


Organic Chemistry, Heterocycles, Synthesis, Natural Products.


3/2013 – Present

Full Professor, Teaching Chemistry and Research.

3/1990 – 3/2013

Associate Professor, Teaching Chemistry and Research, Egerton University, Kenya.

6/2010 – 9/2011

Sabbatical Leave, Kenya Methodist University, Meru.

3/1999 - 3/2003

Dean, Faculty of Science, Egerton University, Kenya.

11/1990 - 12/1993

Chairman, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Egerton University, Kenya.

9/1989 - 7/1990

Research Fellow (Common Wealth Fellowship), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.

4/198 - 10/1990

Senior Lecturer, Egerton University, Kenya.

8/1985 - 4/1987

Lecturer, Kenyatta University, Kenya.

9/1978 - 7/1983

Graduate Fellow, University of Oregon, U.S.A

10/1976 - 8/1978

Graduate Research /Teaching Fellow, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

6/1976 - 9/1976

Agricultural Officer II, National Agricultural Laboratories, Nairobi, Kenya.

7/1975 - 9/1975

Technician, Ministry of Works, Nairobi, Kenya.

1/1973 - 6/1973

High School Teacher, Meru Technical School, Meru, Kenya.





Natural products as mosquito repellents (ongoing).


Factors influencing drug use and substance abuse among secondary school students in Meru Municipality, Imenti North District.


Challenges facing the managers of secondary schools and the impact on performance of physics in Othaya District.


Role of career guidance and counseling programmes on career awareness level of secondary school students in Meru South District.


Performance of secondary school chemistry students in the cognitive process skill of evaluation.


Comparison of the biological effects and chemistry of Soya bean and Desmodium root exudates on Striga Hermonthica.


Physical and Chemical analysis of Girardinia seed oil.


An investigation of plants Phytolacca octandra, Phytolacca dodecandra and Balanites aegyptiaca (L) Del. as control of Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia).


A Strategy for use of polythene waste in Nakuru Municipality, Kenya.


Effects of cooperative class experiment teaching method on secondary school students’ motivation and achievement in Chemistry.


Studies on Mango (mangifera indica, L.) kernel fat of some Kenyan varieties in Meru.


Extracts from Ajuga Remota and their in- vivo antimalarial activity against plasmodium Berghei in mice.


1. J.N.Gitua, D.R. Muchiri, and Xuan-An T. Nguyen(2012); In-vivo Antimalarial Activity of Ajuga Remota Water Extracts Against Plasmodium Berghei in Mice.South East J. Trop. Med. Public HealthVol 43 No. 3, 545-548.

2. D.R. Muchiri, S.M. Mahungu, and S.N. Gituanja(2012);Studies on Mango(Mangifera indica,L) Kernel Fat of Some Kenyan varieties in Meru.J.Amer. Oil Chem. Soc. DOI 10.1007/s11746-012-2054-6.

3. D.R. Muchiri, S.T. Kariuki, E.K. Okemwa, and J.M. Kariuki(2011); Investigation of Physical and Chemical Properties of Girardinia bullosa and Girardinia diversifolia(urticaceae) seed oil. Int. J. of Professional Practice 2(3), 307-313.

4. S.W. Wachanga, M. Ngari, and D.R. Muchiri(2003);Preservice Student Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Chemistry Teaching: The Case of Egerton University, Kenya.Zimbabwe J. Educ. Res.Vol.15( No. 3), 187-197.

5. D.R. Muchiri and J.M. Midgley(1999); Synthesis of Some [1]Benzothieno[3,2-b]pyridine Derivatives.J. Kenya Chemical Society, Vol.1. ( No. 1),5-9.

6. L.H. Klemm, Daniel R.Muchiri, Mark Anderson, William Salbador, and John Ford(1994); Three Novel Compounds Derived from Thienopyridine N- Oxides. J. Heterocyclic Chem. 31, 261.

7. L.H. Klemm, S. Johnstone, S.K. Sur, and D.R. Muchiri(1989);Chemistry of Thienopyridines XXXVI. Further Studies on Nitration in the Thieno[3,2-b]pyridine Systems.J. Heterocyclic Chem. 26, 1277.

8. M. Nishioka, P.A Smith, G.A. Booth, M.L. Lee, H. Kudo, D.R. Muchiri,R.N. Castle, and L.H. Klemm(1986); Determination and Mutagenic Activity of Nitrogen – Containing Thiophenic Compounds in Coal Derived Products.Fuel 65, 711.

9. M. Nishioka, P.A. Smith, G.A. Booth, M.L. Lee, H. Kudo, D.R. Muchiri, R.N. Castle, and L.H. Klemm (1985); Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds Containing both Sulfur and Nitrogen Heteroatoms in Coal - Derived Products.Amer. Chem. Soc., Div. Fuel Chem., Prepr. 30, 93.

10. M. Nishioka, R.M. Campbell, M.L Lee, D.R. Muchiri, J.G. Stuart, and R.N. Castle (1985); Isolation and Determination of Hydroxylated Nitrogen Heterocycles in a Coal Liquid. Anal. Chem. 57, 2211.

11. L.H. Klemm, J.N. Louris, W. Boisvert, C. Higgins, and D.R. Muchiri(1985); Chemistry of Thienopyridines XXXIII. Synthetic Routes to 5- and 7- Substituted Thieno[3,2-b]pyridines from the N-Oxide. J. Heterocyclic Chem. 22, 1449.

12. M. Nishioka, M. L. Lee, H. Kudo, D.R. Muchiri, L.J. Baldwin, S. Pakray, J.G. Stuart, and R.N. Castle(1985); Determination of Hydroxylated Thiophenic Compounds in a Coal Liquid. Anal Chem. 57, 1327.

13. L.H. Klemm, D.R. Muchiri, and J.N. Louris(1984); Chemistry of Thienopyridines XXXII. Direct Introduction of Substituents Gamma to the Heteronitrogen Atom in the Thieno[2,3-b]pyridine System.J. Heterocyclic Chem. 21, 1135.

14. L.H. Klemm and D.R. Muchiri(1983); Chemistry of Thienopyridines XXX. Elaboration of C-Substituents Alpha to the Heteronitrogen Atom. J. Heterocyclic Chem. 20, 1717.

15. L.H. Klemm and D.R. Muchiri(1983); Chemistry of Thienopyridines XXIX. The Reissert- Henze Reaction as a Route to C- Substitutions Alpha to the Heteronitrogen Atom. J. Heterocyclic Chem. 20, 213.

16. D.R. Muchiri(1983);Synthetic Routes from Thienopyridine N-Oxides.Ph.D Thesis, University of Oregon (U.S.A)

17. D.R. Muchiri(1978); Hydroxyl- Protecting Groups in Serine and Threonine.M.Sc. Thesis, University of Nairobi




1. D.R. Muchiri (2010); Manual: Organic Chemistry(Carbonyl Compounds and Acid Derivatives).

2. D.R. Muchiri(2006);Manual: Organic Chemistry(Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes).




1. Book: Organofluorine Chemistry by Ed. Kenji Uneyama; Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK, 2006. 352 Pages, ISBN 1-4051-2561-6.




ü Natural products as mosquito repellents.

ü Synthesis of medicinal compounds.

ü Anti-malarial drugs from natural products.

ü Oils and fats.

ü Synthesis of antimalarial drugs.