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Prof. Kenneth OzoemenaProf Ozoemena is Chief Scientist & Research Group Leader of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies (Energy Materials, CSIR MSM) focusing mainly on electrochemical energy systems (i.e., fuel cells, lithium and sodium ion batteries, and electrochemical capacitors).

Formal Education

2010: MDP (Management development); University of Pretoria, South Africa.
2008: PGCHE (Higher Education); University of Pretoria, South Africa.
2003 PhD (Chemistry); Rhodes University, South Africa.
1998: MSc (Pharm. Chem.); College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
1997: MSc (Chemistry); University of Lagos, Nigeria.
1992: BSc (Hons), Ind. Chem., upper 2nd class, Abia State University, Nigeria.

Work Experience

08/2014 – Present Chief Scientist & Research Group Leader:

Electrochemical Energy Technologies, CSIR MSM

03/2009 – 07/2014 Principal Researcher and Research Group Leader: Electrochemical

Energy Technologies, CSIR MSM

03/2006 – 02/2009

Senior Lecturer: Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pretoria.

02/2004 – 02/2006
Andrew W. Mellon Lecturer: Dept. of Chemistry, Rhodes University

11/2002 – 01/2003 Claude Leon Foundation Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pretoria.


Current Activities and Research Interests

Prof Ozoemena is a modern materials scientist with a broad knowledge of electrochemistry. His research is highly interdisciplinary spanning several areas of Materials Science and Electrochemistry; from synthetic inorganic chemistry and electrochemical sensing to electrocatalysis and electrochemical energy systems. Since March 2009 that he joined the CSIR to lead their Electrochemical Energy Technologies Unit, his research in materials electrochemistry has grown and strengthened quite remarkably. Presently, his research focus is on the electrochemistry of nanostructured materials, nanostructures of carbons, and redox-active N4-macrocyclic metal complexes (e.g., metallophthalocyanines) with a view to establishing their potential applications inthe development of electrochemical energy systems (i.e., fuel cells, electrochemical capacitors, and lithium/sodium ion batteries). His research group (comprising more than 20 CSIR scientists, post-doctoral research fellows, and post-graduate research students) carries out both fundamental and applied research, and employs a multi-disciplinary approach to their investigations with a repertoire of sophisticated techniques including advanced electrochemistry (e.g., voltammetry, amperometry and impedance spectroscopy), AFM, HRTEM, FESEM, XPS, EDX and XRD. Current research projects include:

Electrode materials for lithium ion batteries and electrochemical capacitors
Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at nanostructured platforms (fuel cells)
Alcohols oxidation reactions (AOR) at nanostructured platforms (fuel cells)
Metallophthalocyanines in electrochemical energy systems

Professional Achievements/Awards/Recognition

Listed amongst the World’s top 1% Chemistry researchers (please see the latest update, 7th February 2014, of the Thomson Reuters’ ISI Essential Science Indicators® covering a 10-year plus 10-month period, January 1, 2003-October 31, 2013).

Listed #2 amongst the “Twenty most productive South African authors of energy papers (2000–2011)” (see ‘State of Energy Research in South Africa’, August 2014, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), ISBN: 978-0-9922286-1-3).

Visiting/Extra-ordinary professor at the University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of the Western Cape.

NRF-rated Researcher (B-2 category) (2011 – 2015). The National Research Foundation (NRF, South Africa) rating of researchers is used as an international benchmark of research excellence.

NRF Specialist Committee Member/Convener for Chemistry (2011 – 2014).

NRF Executive Evaluation Committee (EEC) Member (2012 – 2013).

CSIR CEO’s Award for Research Excellence (2014).

Research Excellence Award – Established Researcher of the CSIR (2012).

Research Excellence Award – Established Researcher of the CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing (2011).

Exceptional Young Researcher Achievement Award of the University of Pretoria, 2009.

Outstanding Young Academic, Nigeria Achievement Awards 2009, office of the Nigeria High Commissioner, Pretoria, South Africa.

The first Regional Representative of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) for South Africa (2010 - 2015) & member of council of ISE.

Member of the Scientific Meetings Committee (SMC) of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (2013 – 2016)

Member of Council, the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (2010 – 2012).

Chair: Organising Committee of the 13th ISE Topical meeting, Pretoria, April 08 – 11, 2013.

Member of the International Advisory Committee of the African Materials Research Society (A-MRS) (2011), and convenor of the ‘Electrochemistry symposium’ of the 6th IC-AMRS, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, December 11 – 16, 2011.

Editorial Advisory Board Member: Electrochemistry Communications (Elsevier, since 2007).

Editorial Advisory Board Member: International Journal of Electrochemistry (Hindawi, since 2010).

Editorial Advisory Board Member: Kuwait Journal of Science (since 2013).

Editorial Advisory Board Member: Nano Hybrids (NH) (since 2013).

Guest Editor: Special Issue of Electrochimica Acta marking the 13th Topical Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry

Guest Editor (Special Issue): Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (2011/2012). The Special Issue is titled “Rise and Rise and Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines in Electrochemistry and Photochemistry”.

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board: MICROECHEM 2013 (‘New Processes and Materials Based on Electrochemical Concepts at the Microscopic Level’), a satelite meeting of the 64th International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Annual Meeting, La Muralla, Amealco de Bonfil, Queretaro, Mexico, September 16 – 19, 2013.

Admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (UK) in May 2011.

Attained the status of Chartered Chemist (CChem) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in February 2008.

Attained the status of Chartered Scientist (CSci) qualification of the Science Council (UK) since 2008.

Member of the local organising committee of the “11th International Conference on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials”, Pretoria (23 – 27 May 2011).

Co-convenor of the symposium “International Year of Chemistry – Sensors for Africa” under the ”Electrochem 2011: Electrochemical Horizons”, University of Bath, UK (5 – 6 September 2011).

Member of the Technical Committee, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for Electric Vehicles (2010 – Present).

Member of the curricula formulation committee for the establishment of the DST national nanoscience school at the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with EU partners (2010).

Member of the value proposition committee for advanced battery technologies (ABT) for the DST in collaboration with US partners / consultants (2009).
Awarded the Prestigious Claude Harris Leon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, 2003 (University of Pretoria).

Awarded the Prestigious Andrew Mellon Foundation PhD Scholar, 2000 – 2002

Active referee of over 60 scientific journals published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, etc.

Professional Associations

South African Chemical Institute (SACI), since 2001
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK); since 2002
American Chemical Society (USA); since 2002
International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE); since 2004
Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP); since 2006
The Electrochemical Society (ECS, USA); since 2008
Materials Society of Nigeria (MSN); 2010

Books and Peer-reviewed Articles (PUBLICATIONS)

Please click on the link “Publications”.
Also, you may visit this website for updates: http://scholar.google.co.za/citations?hl=en&user=C_DBAdcAAAAJ&view_op=list_works
Visits to Universities as an Academic Visitor/ Researcher

Oxford University (UK) (October 26 – November 07, 2010). The visit was sponsored by the NRF Key International Scientific Collaboration (KISC).
Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan), Jan 8 – Feb 28 2008: Prof Nagao Kobayashi’s laboratory of the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science; sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and NRF.
Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium), Oct 8 – 24, 2007: Prof Dr Steven de Feyter of the Molecular and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry; sponsored by the University of Pretoria-KUL Bilaterial Agreement.
University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), Jan 11 – Feb 2, 2006: Prof Michael J Cook’s laboratory, School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy; sponsored by the NRF-Royal Society (UK).

Some Invited Lectures, including keynote/plenary

Invited speaker at the CARISMA 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, December 1 – 3, 2014

Invited keynote speaker at the10th ECHEMS, Electrochemistry in Molecular Understanding, Wells, Somerset, UK, June 17 – 20 2014.

Invited keynote speaker at the 41st National Convention of the South Africa Chemical Institute (41st SACI Meeting), East London, South Africa, December 1 – 6, 2013.

Invited lecture at the Energy Production and Infrastructure Centre (EPIC), University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA, 15 October 2012.

Invited lecture to Rutgers University, New Jersey USA, (and Princeton University, USA, via Skype) 06 October 2011.

Invited to give the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Biannual Physical Chemistry Lecture: University of Cape Town, South Africa: (September 28, 2011).

Invited lecture, UP–SACI Symposium Celebrating the International Year of Chemistry (23 August 2011).

Joint conference of the National Convention of the South Africa Chemical Institute (40th SACI) and Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (3rd FASC), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, January 16 – 21, 2011 (keynote).

9th Nigerian Materials Congress, Enugu, Nigeria, November 22 – 27, 2010 (plenary).

Natural Science Unit of the School of General Studies in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nigeria Nsukka, November 17 – 20, 2010 (plenary).

International Workshop on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Global Energy and Environmental Challenges, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa, December 06 – 09, 2010 (keynote).

10th International Symposium on Kinetics in Analytical Chemistry (KAC), UWC, Cape Town, 2-4 December 2009 (Keynote).

Elsevier’s Reaxys Mini-Symposium (Elsevier Publishers, The Netherlands), CSIR Knowledge Commons, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA, 28 October 2009 (Keynote).

4th NanoAfrica International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA, February 1-4, 2009.

1st International Symposium on Electrochemistry, ElectrochemSA, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, July 9- 11, 2008.

SACI, INORG 007, Langebaan, Cape Town, July 8- 12 , 2007.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University Of California, Santa Cruz (USA). May 29, 2009

California Air Resources Board, Sacramento (USA), Sept 26, 2008.

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan), Feb 12 2008.

Department of Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium), October 12, 2007.

Department of Chemistry, University Of Namur, FUNDP (Belgium): October 23, 2007.



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