The department of chemistry started at the inception of the institution on August 2, 1971 with three (3) academic staff and one (1) laboratory assistant to prepare students for the Nigeria certificate in education (NCE) programme. The first batch of NCE students was sixteen (16) in numbers and graduated in 1974. The department started the B.ED programmme in 1981 with seven (7) students who did the post NCE course. These graduated in 1983.
Presently, the department has two well-equipped laboratories and is blessed with competent lectures. It also has very kind and amiable administrative and technical staff that are always willing to assist students in their practical classes and tech them on how to make use of laboratory equipment.
Department of chemistry has at present over two hundred and fifty students. The recent boost in the number of admitted students into the department could be attributed to the granting of autonomy and license to the institution to operate as a university. Over the years, our students are known to be hard-working and disciplined and do not indulge in examination malpractice.
This curriculum is designed to equip teachers with the relevant knowledge, skills, altitudes and methods to enable them teach chemistry at the secondary school level. The chemistry department of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is established to train teachers and teacher trainers at the b.sc (ED) level
The objectives of the department are to:
- To train professional chemistry teachers for competency on their job capable of developing inquiry and creative minds in teaching at different levels of secondary educational institution.
- To produce teachers who are motivated, diligent, conscientious and efficient in the use of appropriate teaching strategies at all levels of post-primary and post-secondary educational institution.
- To train teachers who will be well-equipped to proceed for higher degrees either in Chemistry or Chemistry Education.
Professor Amalo Ndu Dibofori-Orji is a Professor of Environmental Management in the Department of Chemistry. She is also the Director of the Quality Assurance and Ethics Unit at the University.
PhD. Environmental Chemistry, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, 2021
Post Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Ibadan, 2012
Ph.D, Environmental Management, River State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, 2008
M.Sc, Biochemistry, Edo State University, 1991
B.Sc, Food Science and Technology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, 1985
Chemical Society of Nigeria (FCSN)
Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (FICCON)
Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (MIPAN)
Science Association Nigeria (MSAN)
Nigerian Institute for Training and Development (MNITAD)
Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN)
Organisation of Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD)
Society for Testing Laboratories of Nigeria (SoTLAN).
Women in Chemistry, Nigeria (MWIC)
JOURNAL PAPER ASSESSOR
International Journal of Educational Development (IJOED), Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt.
Analytical Science Journal (ASJ), Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria
Polish Journal of Chemical Technology. Paper Reference: PJCT 00653-2018-01. Title of Manuscript: Adsorption Efficiency of Activated Macadamia Nutshell for Removal of Organochlorine Pesticides: Endrin and 4, 4-DDT from Aqueous Solution.
Net Journal of Agricultural Science. Paper Reference: NJAS-2018-029. Title of Manuscript: Spectroscopic and Chemical Analysis of Burnt Earth under Amazonian Home Garden Systems and Anthropic Amazonian Dark Soils.
EXTERNAL EXAMINER/ ASSESSOR
Name of Student: Mr. D.E. Khotha (20319487) Programme: MTech Chemistry, Department of chemistry, Vaal University of Technology, Andries Potgieter Boulevard Vanderbijlpark South Africa.
Niger Delta University, Amassoma Bayelsa, External Examiner for the Undergraduate Programme (2021 to date)
Environmental / Analytical Chemistry
Lead, Cadmium, Chromium, and Iron levels in Processed Edible Larvae sold along a busy highway in Nigeria: Mbiama- Warri Road as a Case Study.
Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Charcoal Roasted Beef (a.k.a. Suya) within Port Harcourt Metropolis.
A comparative study of some Trace Elements level of Melon Seed (Egusi) planted in the Niger Delta and Middle Belt Regions of Nigeria.
Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Monodora myristica (Ehuru Seed).
Quantification of Trace Metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Body Fluids of Individuals Living in a Polluted Environment.
Extraction and Characterization of the Flavour Components of Monodora Myristica.
Physicochemical and Heavy Metals Analysis of River Water and Sediments along Woji Creek.
A comparative Study of the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons at some Jetty Points along Bonny River.
The Effects of Gasoline on some Body Enzymes (ALS, ASP) in Clarias gariepinus (Catfish).
Geo-accumulation and Ecological Risk Assessment Studies of Heavy Metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons of dust and air in some Eateries, and Markets within Port Harcourt Metropolis.
RESEARCHES IN PROGRESS
Determination of some Heavy Metals (Pb, Cd, Cr, As, Hg) in Shrimps from Yenegoa-Amarata Creek in Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
Analysis of the Lubricating Properties of Coconut Water as a potential Automobile Brake Fluid, etc.
Professor Dibofori-Orji has published 36 scholarly articles in local and international journals and attended 35 conferences and workshops out of which 17 papers were read. She has published 2 books and has 2 book chapters.