Innovative Research

Inimfon Abner Udoetok wins the Innovative Research Award.

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Inimfon was born in Abak, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Uyo, Nigeria in 2002 and the degree of Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2006. Inimfon worked as an Assistant Lecturer at Akwa Ibom State College of Agriculture, Obio Akpa, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria from 2005 to 2011. In 2012, he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer at Akwa Ibom State University, Mkpat Enin, Nigeria and worked there till May 2013 when he commenced his PhD studies at the Chemistry Department of the University of Saskatchewan, under the supervision of Dr. Lee D. Wilson and Dr. John V. Headley. The success of his PhD studies which aims at the development of biopolymer sorbent materials for the uptake of Naphthenic acids from aqueous solutions is affirmed by publications in high quality peer review journals such as Carbohydrate Polymers, RSC Advances as well as Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Inimfon’s scientific achievements brought him prestigious awards such as the Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in 2016, Dr. Kenneth Johannson Scholarship in 2016, Graduate Teaching Fellowship in 2015, Second best poster of the 26th Canadian Materials Science Conference, Canada in 2014, Total Exploration and Production (E&P) Nigeria community scholarship in 2013 and best 5 students' abstract at International conference, workshop and exhibition on Biotechnologies for Improved Production of Oil and Gas in the Gulf of Guinea (BIOPOG3) at Abuja, Nigeria in 2009. He is a member of Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) and Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT).

He is married to Idorenyin Udoetok and the marriage is blessed with two daughters (UbongAbasi and IfiokAwasi). His hobbies include singing, soccer, scrabble and Table tennis.