Nkem Azike

Nkem Azike, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry



Office: EHS 311

I joined the university’s chemistry department as a visiting associate professor of chemistry in 2021. I arrived as an accomplished analytical chemistry professor with more than 20 years of experience in research and broader leadership roles.

After earning a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, I served for more than 33 years at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos as both a professor and researcher, between 1986 and 2019. More recently, I served as an associate professor of chemistry at Corban University in Salem (2020-21), teaching general chemistry, organic chemistry and quantitative analysis.

Academic Background

PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
MS, Analytical Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
BS, Chemistry, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Expertise and Research Interests

My research has focused on the isolation and characterization of essential oils from spices, cation exchange capacity of soils, heavy metal risks from edible plants, soils, and water, and pesticide residues in cow peas, among other topics.