For the first time in entire Turkey and Cyprus, Assoc. Prof. Akeem OLADIPO, academician of Cyprus Science University, published an industrial focused SCI RESEARCH paper in the Applied Catalysis B: Environmental Journal with an impact factor of 11.7. The 7 months research work focused on the elimination of toxic pollutants from environmental and industrial processes using novel magnetic nanocatalyst which demonstrated relatively higher efficiency than the expensive commercial products.
Please find details below.

Research title: Magnetic LDH-based CoO–NiFe2O4 catalyst with enhanced performance and recyclability for efficient decolourization of Azo dye via Fenton-like reactions
Research objectives: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Akeem Oladipo’s research combines advanced nanotechnology fabrication with material science and environmental engineering to produce novel magnetic nanocatalyst. The research team are particularly interested in developing cost-efficient nanocatalyst with enhanced performance for capturing toxic pollutants from industrial effluents and carcinogenic environmental wastes. The fabricated magnetic nanocatalyst demonstrated high efficiency (99.5%) under sunlight to destroy organic pollutants from textile wastewater, industrial fumes, textile wastes and automobile exhausts.

Research timeline: The research was completed via 7 months’ lab research, 2 months’ field work and 1-month efficiency testing in Cyprus, Canada, Germany and Netherland laboratories.
Research collaboration: The research is academic based with industrial focus. The laboratory fabrication of magnetic nanocatalyst was completed by Dr. Oladipo at the Cyprus Science University (CSU) Chemistry Laboratory and his PhD student (Ayodeji Ifebajo) at the Lab of Assoc. Prof Mustafa Gazi of Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU). Material analyses and characterization were completed at the Carla Catalysis Research Laboratory (Germany) in cooperation with BASF German chemical company.

The outcome of the research: The magnetic nanocatalyst produced is practically useful for various commercial industries as a catalyst for the degradation of pollutants, as electronic materials for energy storage and corrosion inhibition.

Research Publication: Published in the Applied Catalysis B: Environmental Journal, an SCI topmost engineering and catalysis Journal ranked 1/50 with an impact factor of 11.69 which is the first in Turkey and Cyprus.

For the article abstract and details: 
Journal link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926337318310063

Author’s Academic Bio: 
AKEEM OLADIPO is an associate professor of material and environmental chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering of Cyprus Science University. He received his PhD degree in Chemistry (2015) with a special focus on nanomaterial fabrication and environmental chemistry from the Eastern Mediterranean University. His postdoctoral work in the Polymeric Materials Research Lab of Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Gazi at the EMU was funded by the TUBİTAK (233,200 TL). Dr. Oladipo has completed 15 industrial linked research projects, won the Greenbrain project in 2017 with his students and has authored more than 45 publications in scientific journals, two books and 8 book chapters. Maintaining an active research laboratory with undergraduates and graduate students as collaborators, Dr Oladipos’ research interests focus on fabrication of novel nanomaterials for energy storage and distribution, engineered smart nanomaterials for agricultural use, industrial catalysts, environmental sensors, renewable energy and biomedical engineered products. He is an associate editor of the Open Chemical Engineering Journal and, member of The Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and American Chemical Society (USA).