Prof. Obasi Nnamdi Lawrence.

Department: Pure And Industrial Chemistry
Faculty: Physical Sciences
Designation : Professor
Phone: +2348037717717

Biography :

Prof. Nnamdi L. Obasi hails from Ngbo in Ohaukwu L. G. A of Ebonyi State. He started his

educational career at the Premier Primary School, Onitsha, in 1982 where he obtained his First

School Leaving Certificate at Credit Level in 1986. He proceeded to Modebe Memorial

Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria in 1987. Prof. Obasi holds a BSc (Hons)

degree in Industrial Chemistry (1999), MSc in Inorganic Chemistry (2004) and a PhD in

Inorganic Chemistry (2011), all from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He graduated in 1999

winning an Award for his performance at the bachelor degree level, as the best graduating

student in the Department of Pure & Industrial Chemistry. Consequently, he was appointed a

Graduate Assistant in 2001 after completing his National Youth service Corp. He rose through

the ranks to the position of Professor in October 01, 2017.

Prof. Obasi was Head, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Nigeria,

Nsukka between 2018-2020. He is currently the Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, University

of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Prof. Obasi received a French Embassy scholarship to Republic of Togo in 1991. He was a

visiting researcher to the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences,

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow between October 2010 and March 2011. Prof. Obasi

received the University of Nigeria Postgraduate Study Grant during his MSc programme in

2002/2003 session. He was an ETF scholar during his PhD programme. Prof. Obasi received

the prestigious C. V. Raman Postdoctoral Fellowship for African Researchers to the Indian

Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 2013. He was also one of the invited eminent

scientists by the Indian government to the Sixth Science Conclave at IIIT, Allahabad, India in

2013. Prof. Obasi has been a member, International Advisory Committee ICPAC, Mauritius

(2016, 2018 and 2020) and a recipient of ANSTI Conference Grant to ICPAC, Mauritius


Prof. Obasi received the Elsevier Reviewer Recognition Award in 2013, 2018 and 2019. He has

served as a Chairman and or Member, National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation

Panel for Undergraduate Programmes at the several federal and private universities, and

affiliate programmes since 2017. He was a Chairman, LOC, Coalcitychem Conference (2016),

Panelist, NEST-FUNAI Pre-Conference Seminar, Federal University, Ndifu-Aleke, Ikwo

(FUNAI), Ebonyi State (2016), Member, LOC of 1 st International Workshop on ‘Science Parks


and Innovation Ecosystem for National Development’ at the University of Nigeria (2018) and a

guest speaker at the maiden Conference of the School of Basic and Applied Sciences Taraba

State Polytechnic, Suntai, Taraba State (2018).

Prof. Obasi leads the Inorganic/Computational Chemistry Research Group in the University of

Nigeria with focus on ‘Synthesis, Characterization, Computational and Biological Studies of

complexes derived from Schiff base ligands’. Prof. Obasi’s research in synthetic chemistry has

led to his team winning the TETFUND, Institution-Based Research grant in 2018. His research

has given rise to several International collaborations as seen in most of his publications. His

research work in metal organic frameworks (MOFs) published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry

and Engineering caught the attention of a researcher in Spain which led to a collaboration that

resulted to a successful joint grant award by the Spanish government. Part of the benefits of this

grant award is that one of his PhD students will visit the Collaborator’s lab for four months

each in 2019, 2020 and 2021. This collaboration has also led to the signing of MoU between

University of Nigeria and The Spanish National Research Council.

Prof. Obasi was a recipient of the UNN Vice Chancellor’s financial award of academic

excellence in 2018 for his publications in Thompson Reuters high impact factor Journals. He

has also received two patents from the Federal Government of Nigeria for sets of novel

compounds his team has synthesized. He has served as External Examiner for PhD candidates

at the Department of Chemistry, University of Ilorin, Kwara State and External Assessor for

Readership Positions at Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State.

Prof. Obasi is a reviewer for journals such as Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Journal of

Chemical Society of Nigeria, African Journal of Biotechnology, Pakistan Journal of Chemistry,

Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, Arabian Journal of Chemistry, Journal of

molecular structure, Chemistryselect, Journal of Cluster Science, Solid State Sciences,

Inorganic and Nano-Metal Chemistry, Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, International

Journal of Chemistry and Materials Research etc.

Prof. Obasi has collaborators in various institutions across the continents viz; Department of

Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, Department Chemistry,

Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT), Kanpur, India, Department Chemistry, University of

Mauritius, Technische Universität, Fakultät für Chemie und Chemische Biologie, D-44221

Dortmund, Germany, Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ondokuz May?s

University, Samsun 55139, Turkey, The School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains

Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, Universität Regensburg, Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

Institut für Organische Chemie, 93053 Regensburg, Germany, Inorganic Materials & Catalysis

Division, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar-364002,

Gujarat, India etc.

He has served the Department, Faculty of Physical Sciences and the University of Nigeria in

various committees either as a member or Chairman. A few of them are; publication sub-

committee Chairman, Senate Ceremonials Committee, elected Representative of Faculty of

Physical Sciences at the University of Nigeria Senate Entrance Board, University of Nigeria

Anti-corruption and Transparency Committee, University of Nigeria Senate Adhoc Committee

on overstayed students, University Committee on UNN-TUDELF Linkage Programme,

Committee on Development of University of Nigeria Handbook, University of Nigeria


Electoral Commission (UNECO), Faculty Postgraduate Committee, Faculty Curriculum

Committee, Faculty Committee on Popularization of Science, etc. He supervises postgraduate

students in chemistry. He has consulted for some national and international organizations

including the Federal Ministry of Environment and UNIDO. Prof. Obasi is currently the

Chairman, University of Nigeria Students’ disciplinary Committee.


He has published over 40 articles in both local and international peer-reviewed Journals with

high impact factor. He has participated in some sponsored international and national

conferences within and outside country. Prof. Obasi is a member of the following professional

bodies: Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON), Chemical Society of Nigeria

(CSN) and New York Academy of Science (NYAS).

Area of Specialization
Publications (Articles and Journals)
Research archive