Dr Martins O. Omorogie



Dr Omorogie holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Industrial Chemistry, M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry and a PhD in Physical Chemistry, with a bias in the synthesis, characterization and applications of novel nanomaterials for contaminated water and wastewater treatment via adsorption processes and catalyses. He was a visiting research scholar to the laboratory for nanodevices, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China, under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy. Dr Omorogie successfully synthesized some new hybrid nanomaterials that were applied in the treatment of water ladened with some cationic contaminants. Dr Omorogie was a postdoctoral research scholar at the adsorption and catalysis research laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa from August 2015 to July 2016. He did his postdoctoral research on continuous/column reactor upscaling for the separation of metals from wastewater using magnetite-impregnated-pine cone biomass and the application of response surface methodology (central composite and Box-Behnken designs) for activated carbon and photocatalysts syntheses, with their application for the photodegradation of some antibiotics (tetracycline and sulfamethoxazole). From his PhD research work, he published six international peer reviewed high impact factor papers in various renowned journals (four in Elsevier publisher, one in Springer publisher and one in Taylor and Francis publisher). Dr Omorogie has collaborated with some researchers in Nigeria, South Africa, China and Germany. These collaborations have also earned him some publications in international peer reviewed high impact factor journals. Dr Omorogie's area of research finds specific applications in solving pollution challenges that confront limited water supply and the availability of potable water to the rural populace in Nigeria. Dr Omorogie makes use of low-cost biogenic wastes with various nanostructures to solve potable water problem in Nigeria. He has been involved in studying the chemistry behind the interaction between pollutants and materials he prepared. His work finds strong relevance in Nigeria and in the African continent, which is suffering from lack of potable water. He is currently preparing novel photocatalysts from biogenic wastes and carbon-based materials for degradation and disinfection of bacteria in water and the degradation of organic pollutants (pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors) in water. The international significance and scholarly output of Dr Omorogie's research work, as a contribution to human wellbeing and development has been part of what attracted some foreign research grants from various international research funding agencies to our research group and the Department of Chemical Sciences, Redeemer's University, which is worth $75,000 USD. In March 2016, Dr Omorogie was part of a team in his University that won instruments grant from the Seeding Labs in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, worth of $300,000 USD. Also, in March 2018, Dr Omorogie won Redeemer's University research grant worth of $6,000 USD as a Co-investigator. In terms of mentorship, Dr Omorogie is a mentor to several BSc and MSc students in Nigeria and South Africa. Dr Omorogie is a peer reviewer to several international peer review high impact factor journals in Elsevier, John Wiley, Springer, Taylor and Francis, and Techno publishers. Dr Omorogie's drive for research excellence has earned him several awards as described below. Currently, Dr Omorogie has about 45 publications that have been published in international peer reviewed journals, local and international conference proceedings in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mauritius, South Africa, India, China, Italy and Belgium. In 2015, Dr Omorogie won TWAS travel grant to attend the international workshop on sustainable water management, which was held in Italy and Austria. As the immediate past General Secretary of the Nigerian Young Academy (an academy based on merit and excellence), he has been actively involved in inspiring younger scientists through the organization of workshops and seminars as well disseminating vital information to these young scientists that will assist their research.

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