ASUBIOJO, Francis Olabode I., PhD., FRSC

Rank: Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Office: Room 110 (First Floor, White house), Department of Chemistry, OAU, Ile-Ife.
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Francis Asubiojo obtained his B.Sc (Hons) Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1972 with a First class honours. He then proceeded to Stanford University, California, USA, where he obtained his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry in 1977. Following keen interest in topical environmental matters, Prof. Asubiojo became involved with work on pollution. In 1982, he obtained a diploma in Radiochemistry from the International Atomic Energy Agency (Leipzig).
Prof. Asubiojo served as a member of the Obafemi Awolowo University governing Council from 1995-1997 and was appointed Head, Department of Chemistry from 1997-2000. He was the Chairman, University Strategic Plan Monitoring Committee between 2005 and 2009. In 2010, he was appointed the Director, Centre for Distance Learning, a position which he still occupies till date. He is a member of American Chemical Society, Association of Official Analytical Chemists, Chemical Society of Nigeria, Science Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Environmental Society, New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Prof. Asubiojo has also served as member, Governing Board, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), 2009-2011 and as panelist, Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan Award, 2001-2003. He is currently a member, Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Specialized Committee of Assessors on Science, since 2009 and has being an Associate Editor, Ife Journal of Science, since 2004. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Area of Specialisation / Research Interest:
a) Environmental Chemistry – air pollution monitoring, inventory and modelling studies; rain water chemistry for air quality assessment; trace element and organic chemical studies of Nigerian waters, soils and vegetation.
b) Trace element and radioactivity studies of geological materials.

Selected Publications:
T.A. Akinnifesi, O. I. Asubiojo, A.A. Amusan, “Effects of fungicide residues on the physico-chemical characteristics of soils of a major cocoa-producing area of Nigeria”, Sci.Total Environ., 366, (2006) 876-879.
O.I. Asubiojo, F.M. Adebiyi, A.A. Adenipekun, J.G. Ayenimo, “Proximate Analysis and the determination of some physico-chemical characteristics of common evaporated milks”, Ife J. Science, 9, (2007) 109-113.
O.I. Asubiojo and F.M. Adebiyi, “Effects of Bitumen deposits on Soils Physico-chemical characteristics, Soil and Sediment Contamination, 20, (2009) 142-162.
O.I. Asubiojo and O.B. Ajelabi, “Removal of heavy metals from industrial wastewaters using natural adsorbents”, Toxicol. Environ. Chem., 91, (2009) 883-890.
F.M. Adebiyi and O.I. Asubiojo, “Water Quality characteristics of surface waters in the Bitumen deposit area of Southwestern Nigeria” Toxicol. Environ. Chem.,, 91, (2009).
O.I. Asubiojo, F.M. Adebiyi, J.G. Ayenimo, O.O. Olukoko and J.A.O. Oyekunle, “Chemical Analysis of Tobacco Cigarettes for Organochlorine Insecticides and Heavy Metals”, Toxicol. Environ. Chem., 91, (2009) 611-618.
A. Okoya, O.I. Asubiojo, and A.A. Amusan, “ Trace element concentrations of soils of Ife-Ijesa area of Southwestern Nigeria”, JECE, 3 (2011), 173-179
O.I. Asubiojo, F.M. Adebiyi, E.I. Obiajunwa, and J.A. Ajao, “Elemental Studies of Soil and Food Flour for Risk Assessment of Highway Pollution Using Particle-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) Spectrometry”, ISRN Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 1-8.
G.C. Ezeh, I.B. Obioh, O.I. Asubiojo, and O.E. Abiye, “PIXE Characterization of PM10 and PM2.5 particulate sizes collected in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria”, J. Toxicol. Environ. Chem., 94, (2012) 884-894.
G.C. Ezeh, I.B. Obioh, and O.I. Asubiojo, “Urban Air Particulate Monitoring and Source Apportionment, Basic Principles and Applications”, (2012), Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN -13: 978-3-659-19054-4, 120 pages.