Research Interest

      Research Interests

  • Application of catalysis to both petroleum and biofuels.
  • Environmental chemistry with emphasis to pollution detection and control.
  • Some elements of energy finance.

Research at the Glance

1. Nano Catalysis  
  • The re-ignited interest on the application of nano-size catalyst systems for fuels production requires that, tangibly high-rated scientific, engineering and economic investigations are executed, with the view of utilizing the available feedstocks to ensure sustainable energy production. In line with this global strategy, we are working on the preparation and characterization of metals supported nano-scale zeolite and oxide catalysts with potentials for both fossil and biomass-based fuels upgrading.
 2. General Catalysis
    Development of new and improved catalysts for the isomerisation of refinery products 
    Although Freidel crafts, molybdenum oxide, heteropoly acids and zirconia based solid acid catalysts & their respective metal (Pt/ Pd) supported forms have indicated good activity and selectivity for n-alkanes hydroisomerisation in increasing the octane number of gasoline, the refining industry is tired of the series of disadvantages such as reactor corrosion, rapid catalyst deactivation, coke formation, reduction of metal oxidation state during reaction (eg in the case of ZrO2 catalysts), solvate formation, regeneration problems and poor thermal stability associated with these materials. As such attention is now focused on the proper exploitation of zeolites & their Pt/Pd  supported compounds  because promising development could be achieved. With that in mind, we realised that the acidity and textural properties of  Pt or Pd loaded zeolite materials could be improved by both exsitu and insitu treatment with promising gaseous and solid modifiers. The research will therefore concentrate at modifying the entire hydroisomerisation properties of some selected zeolites with the aim of making the refining industry happier than ever before. We will as well re-consider the developed bifunctional mechanism and look at the possibility of devising a new catalytic route allowing high catalyst stability, yielding higher selectivity, isomers yield and without compromising any deactivation potential.
   3. Environmental
  • Our environmental studies are inclined, but not limited, to the detection, prevention and control of     anthropogenic water pollution in the Nigerain communities. Jointly, with Zahraddeen N. Garba of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, a number of studies have already been carried out since 2008, covering some north western states like Sokoto, Kano and Kaduna. Works have been published in a book and  good journals from Europe, India and local journals in Nigeria.
  4. Biofuels Production
  • The alarmingly growing environmental threats associated with fossil fuels coupled with their non-renewable nature necessitate the search for alternative energy sources. Although hunger threats and food price hike have been predicted, and still remain controversial issues in the research community, biofuels production will certainly play an important future role in addressing global energy security. In the African continent, particularly Nigeria, factors such as favourable climate for crops production, massive unexploited fertile agricultural land, adequate man power and fundings prompted the biofuels option to be economically and scientifically viable. In line with this our studies focus on catalysis, environmental, and policy aspects of biofuels production in Nigeria. A number of works, involving synthesis, characterisation and life cycle assesments, have been carried out and successfully published in book and international journals. We have captured the "Nigerian Biofuels Policy, 2007" as research issue for appropriate advise to the government in line with international experiences, policies, regulations and challenges.

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