Federal University Otuoke’s research capacity has received a boost as The International Foundation for Science (IFS) has awarded a Research Grant to an FUO lecturer.
The award granted to Dr. Olunfuso Olumide Abosede of Chemical Sciences Department is to enable him conduct a research project titled “Synthesis, Characterization and Biological applications of some Metal Complexes of Microcyclic Compounds with Polypyridyl Ligands.”
Speaking to FUO Media, Dr. Abosede disclosed that the award is a first IFS Research Grant awarded after a tripartite agreement between him, Federal University Otuoke and IFS.
He further explained that FUO as the grantee’s Institution is expected to provide a laboratory-space, supervise the project and provide other facilities necessary for the project while IFS is to purchase the equipment and expendable supplies for the grantee while as the chief invigilator is expected to carry out the project according to research plan and specifications.
Dr. Abosede said the equipment to be donated by IFS is the new model UV/Visible Scanning Spectrophotometer “JASCO” V-730ST an analytical equipment used in most standard laboratories.
The equipment is unique because of its ability to scan from the range of 190-1100 Nanometre. It is also useful for fixed Wavelength Measurement and also for Scanning both in the UV and visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
He also stated that the project is to last for two years and will involve Researchers and Technologists from inside and outside the department.
The awardee thanked the Vice Chancellor FUO, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko for his support and the Department of Chemical Sciences for providing a platform for him, while soliciting for the provision of necessary facilities as stipulated in the agreement.
Commenting on the award, Head Chemical Sciences Department, Dr. (Mrs.) Iheoma Adekunle expressed satisfaction with the feat achieved by Dr. Abosede describing it as a positive development and a good outing for the Department in particular and FUO in general because the equipment and outcome of the project will belong to the institution and enhance its research capability.
The HOD thanked IFS for the grant promising to ensure that the project receives the necessary support from management. She urged other young scientists in the Department to make efforts to attain similar feats and contribute to the growth of the Institution.
Dr. Abosede Olufunso Olumide holds a B.sc, M.sc and PhD from University of Ilorin with a research interest in the area of Inorganic Chemistry. He has been a recipient of Post Graduate Fellowship by The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Italy which enabled him undertake research activities in Pune, India.
He joined FUO in 2014; he is a lecturer II and has participated in conferences and workshops locally and internationally.
IFS is a renowned scientific Research Institute founded in 1972 based in Stockholm, Sweden with a mission to support young qualified researchers below 40 years from developing countries whose work falls in certain areas of science.
IFS as a non-governmental organization receive funding from a portfolio of donors and funders including development organizations and academies.