Martins O. Omorogie
Dr Omorogie holds a BSc (Honours) in Industrial Chemistry, MSc 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 from April 2011 to March 2012, 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 inorganic, organic and microbial contaminants.
Dr Omorogie was a postdoctoral research scholar at the adsorption and catalysis research laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa from August 2015 to July 2016. He did his postdoctoral research on continuous/column reactor up-scaling 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 Web of Science 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 $65,000 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. Dr Omorogie is a Commonwealth Fellow of the prestigious Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowship at Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom from December 2018 to April 2019. He won a prestigious Visiting Scientist Fellowship from the World Academy of Sciences-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (TWAS-DFG), which is tenable at the Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität München (TUM), Garching, bei München, Germany from June to September 2021.
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 over 60 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 September 2015, Dr Omorogie won TWAS travel grant to attend the international workshop on sustainable water management, which was held in Italy and Austria. Dr Omorogie won the prestigious United Kingdom research and innovation grant for the global challenges research fund (GCRF) worth of £25,000 in October 2019 with his collaborator, Dr Kuehnel of the Department of Chemistry, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom (https://moritz-kuehnel.com/news/).
Area Of Specialization:
Redeemer's University, Ede, Nigeria.
1. Development of novel hybrid (micro-, meso-, macro-, nano-) porous materials for the adsorptive treatment of water and wastewaters (Applied Materials Chemistry; Environmental Chemical Engineering; Environmental Science and Engineering).
2. Syntheses and characterizations of novel materials (micro-, meso-, macro-, nano-) for photocatalysis and adsorption of organic pollutants, emerging contaminants and micro-organisms in water and wastewaters (Physical Chemistry; Environmental Chemical Engineering; Environmental Science and Engineering).
3. Synthesis, characterization and applications of carbon-based solar driven catalysts for the degradation of micro-plastics from aqueous environment (Environmental Chemical Engineering; Environmental Science and Engineering).
1. The World Academy of Sciences-Chinese Academy of Sciences (TWAS-CAS) Postgraduate Fellowship, tenable at the Laboratory for Nanodevices, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China; 12/2010.
2. University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Award on publications from PhD thesis;
3. Membership, Nigerian Young Academy (MNYA), Young Scientist arm of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS); 07/2014.
4. Fellow, Nigerian Young Academy (FNYA), Young Scientist arm of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS); Life Fellow: 09/2019.
5. Postdoctoral Fellowship, tenable at the Adsorption and Catalysis Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Computer and Applied Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng Province, South Africa; 04/2015.
6. Commendation for outstanding scholarly research publications in high impact factor Web of Science Journals, Redeemer's University, Ede, Nigeria; 2016, 2017, 2018.
7. Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowship tenable at Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom; 11/2018.
8. TWAS-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Visiting Scientist Fellowship, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Design, Technische Universität München (TUM), Garching, bei München, Germany; 06/2021-09/2021.
9. Guest Scientist, The Oskar von Miller Forum (OvMF), Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Design, Technische Universität München (TUM), Garching, bei München, Germany; 06/2021-09/2021.
10. Carl Friedrich von Siemens Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation for Experienced Researchers, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Design, Technische Universität München (TUM), Garching, bei München, Germany; 08/2021.
1. General Secretary, (Nigerian Young Academy NYA), 2015-2017.
2. Member, Science and Technology Group, NYA, 2014-2019.
3. Fellow, NYA, From 2019.