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  • BRIEF HISTORY OF BIOCHEMISTRY AS A DISCIPLINE.
    The Department of Chemical Sciences was approved by the Management of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) when it was established in 2002 for the purpose of training students in the various aspects of Chemistry and Biochemistry which are the two programs being run by the Department. Through well taught modules, course work, practical and tutorials, the students are trained in various aspects of Chemistry and Biochemistry. For Chemistry, the areas include: Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Industrial, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. Other areas in the curriculum include Polymer Chemistry, Petroleum Chemistry, Colour Chemistry and Technology, Spectroscopic Method of Analysis, Natural Products and Photochemistry. Biochemistry students are trained to be proficient in Forensic Biochemistry, Immunobiochemistry, Enzymology, Industrial Biochemistry, Food Biochemistry, Plant (Phyto) Biochemistry, Endocrinology, Pharmacology Biochemistry, Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, Tissue Biochemistry and Biochemical Methods among others. The students are also trained on how to carry out quality research work culminating in reliable and well-presented results.

    The Department has produced five sets of graduates that are competing favorably with their counterparts in various aspects of human endeavors. Some are even undertaking higher degree programmes in various institutions all over the world. In line with the policy of Government, the Department is tilting towards production of graduates with adequate entrepreneurial skills for self-employment. The Department provides service courses to Microbiology, Biology, Physics and other Science degree programmes as well as Engineering Department. The Department also extends service courses to other campuses.

    In 2012, there was a need to create a Department of Biochemistry from the existing Chemical Sciences Department within the Faculty of Science. However, in the mean time Biochemistry is being run as an independent program in Department of Chemical Sciences.

    LEADERSHIP OF THE DEPARTMENT FROM 2003 TILL DATE
    The former Head of Department of Chemical sciences, in the former Polytechnic, Dr. Louis E. Attah, became the first Acting Head of Department and was in office until 6th July, 2005 .Since then, the following have held the position of headship at the times as indicated.
    • Dr. Louis E. Attah                           2002-2005
    • Professor Frank Morah                 2005-2006
    • Dr. N. T. Akinchan                          2006-2007
    • Professor O. R. Ogri                      2007-2009
    • Professor E. M. Anam                   2009-2011
    • Dr. I. U. Ogban                                2011-2014
    • Dr. U. A. Uno                                   2014-Till date

    ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
    • Mrs Mmayen Bassey Ishie                            Administrative Assistant
    • Elizabeth John Achu                                       Principal Executive Officer I
    PHILOSOPHY
    The programmes are designed to provide training in the theory and practice of all branches of Chemistry and also equip graduates to pursue a career in production, management, research and development in the chemical and allied industries and also in teaching in schools and universities.

    AIMS/OBJECTIVES
    1. To produce graduates who are exposed to truly important concepts of chemistry.
    2. To produce graduates who are skillful to adequately handle the chemical and allied industries.
    3. To produce graduates who can advance knowledge through the conduct of basic applied and adaptive research to solve problems in chemistry and allied industries.
    4. To produce graduates who can convey the sense that chemistry is a dynamic field and area of study with both a fascinating history and continually unfolding new developments.
    5. To produce graduates who can exercise original thought and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important tasks.
    6. To produce graduates who can evaluate the risks and benefits of science and technology in modern society.
    7. To produce graduates who can illustrate where chemistry fits among other sciences and technology.
  • The entry requirement for the 4-year B. Sc. (Hons) chemistry, Industrial Chemistry includes;
    1. Credit passes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics and English Language at the O’ level, NECO, SSCE or GCE in not more than 2 sittings.
    2. Holders of IJMB or GCE (Advanced level), HSC (Principal level) or any other equivalent examination with passes in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology who have O’ level passes in relevant subjects will also be considered for admission at the 200 level provided that their programmes cover certain basic courses offered in the university up to 200 level.
    3. Holders of National Diploma (ND) certificates with minimum of upper credit passes are eligible for admission into 200 level depending on the appropriateness of their requisite academic preparation. In addition, candidates with HND/ND must have NECO, SSCE or GCE O’ level credit passes in Mathematics and English Language.
    4. Candidates who obtain grade (50%) in all the five subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics and English Language) of the University’s preliminary science programme, and also a score of at least 180 at UME shall be eligible for admission. The latter category shall subject themselves to the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME). Furthermore, candidates must have attained the age of sixteen (16) years on or before the 1st day of October on the day of commencement of the academic year of entry into the University.

    DURATION OF PROGRAMME
    Under normal circumstances, a student should spend four (4) academic sessions to obtain a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) degree in Pure/Industrial Chemistry. The maximum period allowed for a student to remain on the programme is six (6) academic sessions.

    CAREER OPPRTUNITIES
    The chemical industry has always provided a variety of employment opportunities for graduates. Graduates may be recruited in production, marketing, analytical services and all aspects of technical and commercial management within the chemical industry. Many chemists also find employment in other industries (food, plastics, detergents, paper making, pharmaceuticals, cement, minerals, etc.). Other openings lie in water authorities, agriculture and defense. However, graduates can also make a career in teaching in schools, technical colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. Some of them may also find employment in research Institute while others may choose to be self employed.

  • ACADEMIC STAFF 

    U. A. Uno 

    B.Sc. (Chem.) 1978, M.Sc. (Analytical Chem.)   
     1982, PGDE (2004), Ph. D.(Analytical  Chem.)2010. Senior Lecturer

    Edet M. Anam

    B.Sc. (1981) Chem. M.Sc.(1984). Organic Chem. (Natural Products). Ph, D. (1992) Organic Chem. (Natural Products), LLB. (2002) Law. Professor- Natural Products

    Frank Morah

    B.Sc (Hons) 1976, M.Sc. (1978), Ph.D (1982). Professor-Natural Products.

    U. J. Ekpe

    B.Sc (Hons) 1973, M.Phil. Ife (1978), Ph.D Extractive Metallurgy, Cardiff(1984). Professor, Physical Chemistry 

    O. R. Ogri

    B. Sc. (Hons) Environ. Chem. 1980, M. Sc. Environ.  Studies (Applied chem.) 1982, Ph. D. Environ. Chem. 2002. Professor- Environ. Chem.

    L. E. Attah

    B. Sc. (1977). M. Sc. (1980) Analytical Chem. Ph. D.  Analytical Chem.     Reader-Analytical Chem.

    I. U. Ogban

    B. Sc. (Hons)Applied Chem. 1984, M. Sc. Ind. Chem., Polymer Sc. & Tech. 1993, Ph. D. Ind. Chem.  Polymer Sc. & Tech. 2008. Senior Lecturer.

    N. O. Alobi

    B. Sc. (Hons) Chem 1975, Ph. D. (Analytical Chem.)  2007. Senior Lecturer

    P. A. Neji

    B. Sc. (Hons.) Chem. 1990, M. Sc. Analytical Chem. 2003, Ph. D. Environ. Chem. 2009. Senior Lecturer.

    Oyo-Ita , O.E

    B. Sc. (Hons) Chem. , M. Sc. Pharmaceutical  Chemistry  (Lagos), PhD Organic Geochemistry(2006),PG  Cert.(Newcastle)2011.Senior Lecturer.

    E. O. Eyamba

    B. Sc. Chem. 1985, m. Sc. Material Sc. (Polymer Sci. & Tech.) 1991. Lecturer l

    G. O. Oloko

    B. Sc. 1984, M. Sc. (Environ./Organic Chem.) 2008, Ph. D. Candidate Lecturer l

    B. E. Nyong

    B. Sc. Pure Chem. 1991, M. Sc. Applied Chem.  Ph. D. Candidate   Lecturer ll

    M. Obeten

    B. Sc. Chem.  , M. Sc. Candidate Graduate Assistant


    TECHNICAL STAFF
    Mrs. Mildred Okon                   Chief Technologist
    Mr. Esu E. Esu                         Principal Technologist
    Mrs. J. I. Henshaw                  Senior Technologist
    Miss A. I. Odey                         Technologist ll
    O. S. Ajie Senior                      Laboratory Technician
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