A Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry and university lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Isiaka Adekunle Amoo has challenged government at all levels to provide adequate funds for research in tertiary institutions and research institutes in the country.
Amoo, who is the former Chairman of Ondo State Technical Review Panel on Environmental Impact Assessment, said such funding support by the government would go a long way in encouraging ground-breaking and promote qualitative research activity.
He made the call in his inaugural lecture, entitled: “Plant Seed Chemical: Renewable Raw Materials for Industrial Applications.” The don, however, advocated collaboration among institutes, universities and industries for proper utilization of research findings and outputs, even as he recommended the production of plant seed chemicals as substitutes for imported raw materials. According to him, the substitution and use of seed chemicals would provide opportunity in chemical and allied enterprises for the expansion of national industrial base.
Alluding to findings from his research works, Amoo pointed out that bio-diesel could be produced abundantly from the extracted oil of snake gourds seeds, while chemicals from velvet bean, rice bean and lab bean seeds exhibited good anti-oxidant activities which could be used in the management of diabetes.
The former Head of Department of Chemistry, described plant seed chemicals as those chemicals that could be extracted and isolated from the plant seeds, whose physiochemical and functional properties and other modifications determine their usefulness in chemical-related industries.
The don cited example of metal carboxylates produced from seed oil, which he noted that after tested on different concrete formulations showed good resistance to absorption of water.
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