Federal University of Technology Owerri
Dr Ignatius Ikechukwu AyoguTransforming Energy Access
Ikechukwu Ignatius Ayogu holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He is a lecturer in the department of Computer Science, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO) where he participates actively in teaching, research, and administrative activities. His research interests lie in leveraging developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to address energy-related developmental challenges in the African setting. Dr Ayogu is passionate about expanding the frontiers of AI/ML for accelerated development of efficient materials for renewable energy system development, especially green hydrogen energy, climate change mitigation, and optimization of mini grids through modelling and simulation.
Prof. Emeke E. OguzieTransforming Energy Access
Emeka Oguzie is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Calabar. He was a visiting (CAS-TWAS) post-doctoral research fellow (2006-2007) and TWAS-UNESCO Associate (2008-2011) at the State Key Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection, Institute of Metal Research, Shenyang China. He was appointed Young Affiliate of TWAS, the World Academy of Science (2017-2012). He is Fellow of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
Prof. Oguzie’s research experience span the areas of Electrochemistry/Electrochemical Technology; Green Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell development, Carbon Capture and Utilization; Environmental & Occupational Hazards Management. His research group, the Electrochemistry & Materials Science Research Unit, EMRU-FUTO is known worldwide for groundbreaking research in metal corrosion and protection. He has made outstanding pioneering contributions in the development of non-toxic, environmentally friendly anticorrosion additives from biomass extracts. Prof. Oguzie has successfully graduated over 20 PhD students, with over 130 publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
He is the Centre Leader at the Africa Centre of Excellence in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems, ACE-FUELS, a World Bank/AFD funded project that is primarily set up to fill a growing education, skills, and information gap in the field of renewables and other clean energy sources within the sub region. ACE-FUELS has a mandate to address the regional development challenge of poor availability and access to energy, and Prof. Oguzie, in collaboration with his vastly experienced team, are currently pushing the frontiers of renewable energy research at ACE-FUELS with focus on delivering efficient renewable energy systems through metallic corrosion research, energy storage research, exploration of diverse sources of renewable energy -the future energies sources, nanotechnology, and materials science research in general.
Prof Oguzie is a serving Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Development and Innovations, in FUTO.
Professor Chinyere Ada MaduTransforming Energy Access
Professor Madu received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, a Master of Science and PhD in Solid State Physics from the Federal University of Technology Owerri. She is the Deputy Centre Leader of the World Bank funded Africa Centre of Excellence in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems ACE-FUELS. She has expertise in renewable energy technologies and has carried our research to improve the efficiency of Solar Cells. She has supervised several graduate theses that focused on the development of improved solar cells. Prominent among these are: Thermal and Electrical Analysis of Organometallic Halide Solar Cells, Development Fabrication of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Modules for Improved Efficiency using a TiO2 Nanoparticle Materials.
She is also a collaborator in a project on that aims to develop an improved evaporative cooler for fruits and vegetable transportation and preservation by Federal University of Technology Owerri. This research is a joint R & D initiative between the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) under the Delta 2 Programme.
Dr Kanayo Lucy OguzieTransforming Energy Access
Dr Kanayo Lucy Oguzie is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Management at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). She received her PhD in Environmental Chemistry from Imo State University. Her research interest is Green Chemistry – development of non-toxic chemicals from plant biomass, Pollution control for metal and coating applications; Pollution & climate change; Biosorption & Bioremediation; Water purification techniques; Photocatalysis. She was a co – researcher in the FUTO-Chevron-General Paints joint project: Development of corrosion resistant paints for offshore facilities application.
Dr Samuel Okechukwu OkoziTransforming Energy Access
Samuel Okechukwu Okozi received his B. Eng., in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Power System Option) from the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, his M. Eng. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). He is a Senior Lecturer at the department of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is a member of Nigerian Society of Engineers, and is registered by Council for the Registration of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He is the project coordinator and group leader that implemented the 15kW solar farm for EEE Department FUTO. His research interest in Renewable Energy and Power system Control.
Dr Chinonye Francisca ChijiokeTransforming Energy Access
Chinonye Francisca Chijioke received her PhD and M.Sc in Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri where she is actively engaged in teaching and research. She is a highly analytical chemist experienced in different laboratory equipment such as GC-FID, GC-MS, column chromatography. She is highly skilled in hydrocarbon chemistry as well as characterisation techniques. She is proficient in HSE management systems, risk assessment and research, and passionate about carrying out inter-disciplinary research to proffer solutions to global challenges.