Ojodomo Achadu

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Dr Ojodomo Achadu holds a Ph.D in Chemistry/Nanochemistry with an emphasis on nanomaterials chemistry and nanosensors/biosensors development. Dr Achadu studied for his Ph.D. at the Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation, Rhodes University, South Africa. He was awarded a SARCHI/NRF Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Zululand from 2018 – 2019. He then joined the Institute for Molecular Sciences (IMS) at the University of Bordeaux, France, for a brief spell as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow before proceeding to take up the prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship at the Research Institute for Green Science and Technology, Shizuoka University, Japan (2019 - 2021). In Japan, Dr Achadu designed novel nanosensors/biosensors as virus diagnostic kits with highly functional nanostructures specifically using molybdenum quantum dots/nanoparticles and stimuli-responsive nanogels. He gained considerable hands-on experience in immunoassays and biosensors design using optoelectronic nanotechnology and nanochemistry. The development of optical and electrochemical biosensors for viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, Noro, influenza, hepatitis E, Chikungunya and zika viruses were part of his research achievements. Notably, Dr Achadu’s research earned a Japanese patent application to the Japan Science and Technology (JST) on patents for the development of a diagnostic biosensors and technique based on nanogel-mediated surface-enhanced Raman scattering (NG-SERS) technology. Based on the diagnostic technology innovation, a special recognition of his research was granted with a front-page cover feature of a published article in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, amongst other published articles in prestigious biosensors journals.

In 2021, Dr Achadu won another prestigious independent science and innovation fellowship (SIF) – the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Fellowship at the University of Warwick, UK. His research was centered on "3D magnetic nanostructures for the design of self-powered nanogenerators-integrated diagnostic nanobiosensors". Under the flagship of the MSCA COFUND fellowship in 2021, Dr Achadu’s interdisciplinary project explored the advanced synthesis of 3D magnetic nanostructures with precise sizes and shapes, and their integration with bio-engineered piezoelectric polymers materials for fabricating nanogenerators and self-powered systems with unprecedented magnetic noise conversion to electricity.

Dr Achadu is a Special Issue Editor of Biosensors; Topic Editor of Chemosensors and Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member of Science Communication Hub. He has published over 50 articles in leading scientific journals including ACS Appl. Materials Interfaces, Biosensors and Bioelectronics etc as well as book chapters and conference presentations/contributions. He also serves as a reviewer of numerous scientific journals and a co-editor of published books.

 

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Achadu’s research over the years has focused on nanomaterials/materials chemistry and engineering for optical and electrochemical nanosensors/biosensors fabrication, magnetic nanocomposites and polymeric/nanomaterials composites for energy applications. He has research interests in the development of diagnostic nanobiosensors for infectious pathogens using functional nanomaterials and self-powered systems utilizing sustainable and renewable energy sources. Other interests are in the photophysics and applications of nanocomposites of 2D semiconductor/carbon-based nanomaterials/quantum dots and macrocyclic organic complexes for nanosensors design. Dr Achadu has hands-on experience and skills in nanomaterials synthesis and characterization using state-of-the-art nanotechnology techniques and equipment.

RESEARCH AREAS

  1. Nanochemistry, Nanomaterials & Materials Chemistry/Engineering.
  2. Nanobiosensors Design for Pathogens (Infectious Viruses), Early Cancers Detection and Neurodegenerative Diseases Diagnostics.
  3. Optical Spectroscopy - Photoluminescence (Sensing) & Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Biosensors and Diagnostics Design. Electrochemical nanobiosensors design.
  4. Optical imaging (Fluorescence and Confocal Raman) and Forensic Biomolecules Detection.
  5. NanoEnergy Systems and Devices. Energy Harvesting – Self-powered Device Fabrication – Nanogenerators, Sensors and Actuators.
  6. Analytical techniques development

Academic Responsibilities

Teaching and module leadership role

i) Physical & Inorganic Chemistry (BSc Chemistry, Yr 2) - Module Leader

ii) Structure & Bonding (BSc Chemistry, Pharm Sciences, Biochem, Yr 1)

iii) Applied Chemical Laboratory (BSc Chemistry, Yr 2)

iv) Structure Determination (BSc Chemistry,  Yr 2) 

v) Advanced Physical & Inorganic Chemistry (BSc Chemistry, Yr 3)

vi) Chemical Information Processing (B.Sc Chem, Yr 2) - Module Leader

vii) Chemical Science and the Environment (Foundation, Yr 0)

External Roles and Professional Activities

- Visiting Researcher - Shizuoka University, Japan

- Visiting Fellow - Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, UK.

- Topic Editor for Chemosensors (an MDPI Journal)

-Reviewer for leading journals/ publishers- Nature, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, RSC.

- Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

- Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)

- Associate Member, American Ceramic Society (ACerS)/Energy Harvesting Society/Young Professionals Network

- Member, Warwick Institute of Higher Education Academy (WIHEA)

- Member, the International Nanoscience Community- NANOPAPRIKA

- Member, JSPS Alumni Association of the UK and Republic of Ireland

- Member, Marie Curie Alumni Association, UK chapter

- Editorial Board Member: Science Communication Hub

PhD and Research Opportunities

We welcome enthusiastic and vibrant researchers with novel ideas to Achadu Lab. Interested candidates can e-mail their CV & brief outline of research plans directly to O.Achadu@tees.ac.uk 

PostDoc position- OPEN!

Potential PostDoc Candidates, who are interested to apply for funding applications such as Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, Newton fellowship, etc are highly recommended to contact Dr Achadu well in advance.

PhD position- OPEN!

Potential PhD students who wish to apply for doctoral scholarships (like Commonwealth Scholarship) and looking for a host, should contact Dr Achadu via email.

Self-funded PhD students are most welcome to start the discussion ASAP.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Chemistry, Rhodes University

External positions

Research Affiliate, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

Oct 2022 → …

Editorial Board Member, Science Communication Hub

Mar 2019 → …

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