Leather chemists are scientists who apply their knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology to develop the technology of leather production.
Leather manufacture is concerned with the conversion of raw cattle hide and sheepskins into the stable, useful and attractive product known as leather. Understanding this conversion process, called tanning, requires knowledge of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology.
Leather chemists are experts on the processing of all types of leather including the preservation of the hides, the tanning of the hides and the finishing of the leather. They also have expert knowledge of the quality tests that leather is subjected to. A leather chemist can move into a senior supervisory and management position on the technical and production side
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.
Degree: BSc - Chemistry - RU, NWU, Wits, UJ, UP, UKZN, UZ, UNISA, UCT, UWC, NMMU, UFS, UV, US, or Biochemistry - US, UJ, UP, UKZN, UV, UZ, NMMU, RU.
The Leather Industries Research Institute at RU University offers a two-year diploma in Leather Science on a correspondence basis, with practical modules in each year of study at the Institute.
Leather Industries Research Institute
P O Box 185
Tel: (031) 701-4111 Fax: (011) 701-4208