Brief History of the Department

The Department of Chemistry (formerly Chemical Sciences) is one of the foundation Departments of the Federal University Otuoke, established in the Faculty of Science in 2011 with a total of seventeen pioneer students and four Academic Staff. The Department has since steadily progressed in staffing, student enrolment profile, facility acquisition and many other factors that create enabling environment for academic excellence. Currently, there twenty-three (23) academic staff, fifteen (15) technical staff and six (6) administrative staff. The Department is presently running a 4-year programme that leads to the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. The pioneer HOD was Professor I.M. Adekunle who handed over to Dr. S.A. Uzoekwe in October 2015. The current Head of Department, Dr Olufunso Abosede took over the leadership of the Department with effect from September 14, 2021.

The BSc. Chemistry programme in the Department of Chemistry offers traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry namely organic, inorganic, physical, industrial, analytical and environmental chemistry. Being located in the Niger Delta Region, the Department also offers petroleum chemistry and in line with global demands in pollution reduction at source for eco-solution, the Department offers green chemistry.

Staff list in the Department

Area of SpecializationArea of Interest
Prof. Iheoma M. AdekunleAnalytical-Environmental ChemistryRemediation of petroleum-hydrocarbon-polluted soil
Dr. Olufunso O. AbosedeInorganic Chemistry

Syntheses, characterization and biological applications of transition metal complexes and co-crystals of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Crystallography education

Prof. Aiyebaemi I. Spiff OONNatural  Products: Organic  ChemistryHeterocyclic Chemistry
Prof. Eno O. EkanemAnalytical instrumentation, pesticide and phytoremediation, modelingEnvironmental pollution and modelling, chemometric design and pesticide residue evaluation
Prof. Victor U. OkojieAnalytical/Environmental ChemistryApplications of chemical principles in solving problems in the total environment
Dr. Stephen A. UzoekweAnalytical-Environmental ChemistryEnvironmental Chemistry- Climate Change & Air Quality Study
Dr. Akens Hamilton-AmachreeAnalytical ChemistryPhotochemical analyses of extracts of underutilized plants of the Niger Delta
Dr. Azibaola Kesiye InengiteAnalytical/Environmental ChemistryEnvironmental Assessment/Monitoring
Dr. Seimokumo AngayeOrganic Chemistry 
Dr. Nkem B. IrohaPhysical ChemistryElectrochemistry, Corrosion Sciences. Computational Chemistry and Material Chemistry.
Dr. Augustine A. ChokorEnvironmental ChemistryPollution studies and remediation technologies
Dr. Richard A. UkpeEnvironmental Chemistry

Use of nanoparticles in remediation of polluted water

Heavy metal content in soil. Land/aquatic animals

Resource recovery as in corrosion control

Dr. Taye T. AlawodeOrganic Chemistry

Isolation and characterization of potential drug candidates from herbal plants used in Nigerian traditional medicine.

Development of an expert system for Computer Assisted Structural Elucidation of Natural Products

Dr. Babatunde T. OgunyemiPhysical/Computational ChemistryComputational modelling, characterisation and ducking study of organic/inorganic compounds for electronic/opto-electronic and corrosion inhibitions applications  and drug design.
Dr. Paschal O. IniagheAnalytical-Environmental Chemistry

Solid Waste Management and Recycling: Conversion of wastes into other useful products

Environmental Pollution Assessment: Contamination of water, soil and biota

Quality Monitoring of Processed Foods/ Food Products: Metals, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pesticide residue in food


Mr. Edet OdowkoOrganic ChemistryNatural Products Chemistry
Mr. Afeex. T GbajabiamilaIndustrial-Inorganic Chemistry; Nanotechnology and Sustainable Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Environmental Engineering and Technology.

Development, characterization and applications of bimetallic supported CNTs;

Wastewater treatment with Silver oxides/graphene/CNT porous materials;

Experiment/Process Optimization design


Research Interests/Current Studies:

1, Application of innovative,

eco-friendly and sustainable techniques

in remediating and restoring

contaminated environmental matrices

2. Environmental auditing, investigation and

Toxicological assessment

3.Waste-to-wealth creation

techniques and development

4. Marine Pollution and safety studies.