Professor Oluwole Babafemi Familoni, (a Professor of Chemistry) has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics & Research) with effect from Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
The tenure of the appointment will be for two (2) years with effect from Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
His appointment which is in accordance with the provisions of the University of Lagos Act (1967) as specifically amended in Section 4 and 5 in the Universities (miscellaneous provision) Act 1993 is sequel to his nomination and election at the University Senate Meeting held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Professor Oluwole Babafemi Familoni is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Lagos. Born on November 24, 1957, he obtained B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry with Second Class Upper Division in 1981, M.Phil. in Chemistry in 1986 and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1990 all at the University of Lagos. He was appointed Lecturer II in 1990 and full Professor in 2004.
He is a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, Fellow of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria and member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria.
Familoni’s area of specialisation is synthesis of heterocyclic compounds with physiological activities and natural product chemistry. He has been publishing these areas of research since 1987. His synthesis are mainly sulphur containing heterocycles. This includes: Pyrido[1,2-a]quinoxalinone, thiazolo[4,3-b]quinoxa-linone, Isothaizoles, substituted Benzothiazines, Pyridobenzothiadiazines, deoxyjacareubin, Xanthones, Dibenzo[b,f]oxapinone etc.
In the area of natural products chemistry, he has been active in the isolation of active ingredients and the physiological active compounds. The plants he had worked on include: BuchholziaCoriacea, Ficusvallis-chouldaeDelile-holl (Moraraceae) and Datariummicrocarpum Gill-perr. (Caesapinaceae), Lecaniodiscuscupanodes and many other plants.
He presented the 8th Inaugural lecture of Chemistry Department of University of Lagos in June 2008, titled “Synthetic Organic Chemists: Creating Molecules for the Benefit of Man. The works has resulted in the graduation of numerous students at first and higher degrees. These include about 40 Masters degree holders and 4 Ph.D.s. Currently he has about 10 Ph.D. students under his supervision. He has about 50 publications in peer review learned journals.
In the University, Familoni was Sub-dean of the Faculty of Science (2000–2002), Head of the Department of Chemistry (2002–2005), Dean of the Faculty of Science (2008–2012), Chairman, Housing Committee of the University. He was a member of Development Committee, Home Ownership Committee, Appointments and Promotions Committee, Member of University Publications Vetting Committee and Advancement Board to mention but a few. He was Director, School of Foundation Studies (2016-2018) and is a member of Council, University of Lagos (2016 till date)
He is member of the board of trustees of Adeboye Chair of Mathematics and Ogunye Chair of Chemical Engineering, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scientific Research and Development, and since 2012, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.
Nationally, he was a member of the Governing Council of National Centre for Efficiency and Conservation (2009–2012), member, Governing Council, Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria (ICCON) from 2014 till date and Member of Council, Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State (2017 – 2020).
Internationally, he is the International Representative for Royal Society of Chemistry, London for Southern Nigeria; Chairman, Royal Society of Chemistry, London (Nigerian Section) and member of Pan African Chemistry Network (PACN) Advisory Board (2014-2017).
He has received many awards and recognition. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni in 2012. He was a two-time winner of JWT Jones Travelling Fellowship by Royal Society of Chemistry London in 1997 and 2007 spent in UK and Canada respectively. He was granted visiting fellowship by South African Foundation for Research & Development (FRD) in 1997 and 2006 spent at Rhodes University, Grahamstown in South Africa. A research Chemist to the core in the area of organic synthesis.
Familoni was a recipient of Alfred Bader Research Fellowship by Alfred Bader Chair at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In 1993/1994, he was a CIDA/NSERC Research Fellow awarded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The French Government granted him scholarship to undertake part of his Ph.D. research work in 1988/89 at The Institut National des Science Appliqués (INSA), Rouen, France.
Familoni is married to Bosede Familoni and blessed with children and grandchildren.
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