The department, situated in the School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the College of Engineering, was founded in 2004. The department has a 5 years BSc. Degree programme, 2 years Masters programme and a 3 years Ph.D. programme. Our programmes are enriched with robust course outlines which are adequately and methodically packaged to prepare our students for the successful practice of the profession anywhere in the world.
The undergraduate student population is over 390. Apart from the visiting lecturers, the academic staff strength consists of Professors, Associate Professor, Lecturers I and Lecturers II, some of them have many years of industrial experience.
Some of the major state of the art undergraduate laboratory equipment in the department include an extraction unit, a CST reactor, a batch reactor, a distillation unit, a vacuum freeze dryer, ductless fume cupboards, a digital oxygen bomb calorimeter and a spray dryer. With this acquisition, the department is in a position to cover the wide field of chemical engineering education.
Postgraduate programme in the department is open to both the internal and external context. Ph.D. and Master's holders have been successfully raised through our highly enriched research programme. Apart from fundamental research, a fraction of our research is in the effective utilization of locally available raw materials for local industry; a good example is the production of Zeolites from Nigerian clays, a major industrial chemical with a wide range of application in different areas such as Refinery Hydrocracking Reaction Catalysis.
The final year projects are designed to prepare students for the larger society. Thus the topics usually cover applications of chemical engineering in diverse areas such as agriculture, health, food processing, and chemical product development.
The University has put in place an effective feedback system from our graduates and the report has always been positive; that is most of our graduates are employed shortly after Youth Service and a good number venture into small-scale projects in collaboration with senior colleagues that graduated before them.
The department in line with the University policy is reaching out in research collaboration with some Universities and industrial processing companies both within and outside Nigeria.
With pleasure, you are welcome to a forward looking Chemical Engineering Department that is raising a new generation of leaders.
The Chemical Engineering Programme is designed to train graduates who will be producers rather than mere consumers. The Programme emphasizes not only the processing of materials but also the optimal utilization of locally available raw materials for the production of goods for local consumption and exports. This is in support of a major target of the Millennium Development Goals which aim at reducing by half the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day, and those suffering from hunger by the year 2015. For this purpose, the nation must have a very vibrant industrial sector that will provide gainful employment for the citizens as well as the goods and services that modern societies thrive on. It is expected that the Chemical Engineers from the Department will play a major role in realizing this goal. Thus, the Programme is designed to contribute to all the ten industrial sectors, namely:
- Wood and Wood Products;
- Pulp, Paper, and Paper Products, Printing and Publishing;
- Domestic and Industrial Rubber, Plastic and Foam;
- Non-Metallic Mineral Products;
- Textile, Wearing Apparel, Leather and Leather Products;
- Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals;
- Motor Vehicles and Miscellaneous;
- Food Beverages and Tobacco;
- Base Metals, Iron and Steel, and Engineering Services; and
- Electrical and Electronics.
The course contents address subjects in pesticides which are critical for the agricultural (food production) Programme emphasized in Vision 2020 as well as the Millennium Development Goals. Similarly, foundation technologies for drug manufacturing are taught in the biochemical engineering module of the Programme.
- To put in place curricula that cover broad and dynamic engineering principles, working knowledge of entrepreneurial, marketing and management principles.
- To empower our students with necessary skills to create value and bring the solutions needed to tackle challenges in the chemical and allied industries.
- To make our graduates foremost chemical engineers both in the country and internationally through well-designed competency-based training programmes of teaching and research.
- To facilitate the acquisition of practical work experience in the industries.
- To inculcate discipline in research and development to chemical engineering graduates.