LAUTECH professor wins top science prize

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A professor at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso has emerged the winner of the 2019 Nigerian Academy of Science Physical Sciences Award.

The winner, Olugbenga Bello is a professor at the Department of Chemistry, LAUTECH.

According to a statement from the NAS Science Prize Committee, Mr Bello’s work focused on utilising adsorption technology in extracting different dyes from wastewater.

“This process is claimed to be of a simple design, inexpensive, and multi- functional,” the statement revealed.

He said the 2019 NAS Gold Medal Prize in the Physical Sciences Award will be presented by the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Mosto FAS, at a date to be announced later.

He said Mr Bello used the method in extracting traces of Ibuprofen (an antiinflammatory drug commonly used in Nigeria) and different dyes from wastewater.

He said the research aims at highlighting the value of utilising agro-waste in purifying dye-stained water from industrial and domestic environment.

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