Faculty & Staff
The Department of Chemistry faculty and staff are listed below. Click on a name to go to the individual's profile page which includes more details.
Chemistry Faculty by Teaching/Research Area:
Graduate Students / Teaching Assistants
ERIC AGYEI (Master's Student)
I am from the Eastern Region of Ghana, and I began my graduate studies at TN Tech in the spring of 2022. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
I am a member of the Carrick group, and my research work focuses on the synthesis of functionalized unsymmetric bis-1,2,4-triazinyl pyridine (BTP) complexant scaffolds as soft-donors for minor actinide separations.
BOLADE AJIBOLA (Master's Student)
I am from Osun state, Nigeria. I earned my bachelor's degree in industrial chemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University.
I am a member of the Carrick Research Group with research focused on the synthesis of novel complexants for minor actinide separations.
I enjoy baking and fiction writing during my spare time.
ORUME EDIRIN (Master's Student)
I am from Delta State, Nigeria. I earned my bachelor's degree in Pure and applied chemistry from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta state, Nigeria. I currently work in Dr. Carrick's group and my research is focused on the Intermolecular Interaction of 1,2,3 Triazoles as a Soft-Lewis Basic Complexants via Cycloaddition of 1,8-diazabicyclo[5,4,0]undec-7-ene with N-tosylhydrazones.
OLUWASOLA IFEDAYO (Master's Student)
I am popularly called "SUREBOY", I was born and brought up in Lagos, Nigeria. I received my Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Degree certificate in Industrial Chemistry from Federal University Of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. I have over 9 years working experience in Oil and Gas industry.
I am currently a member of Dr Andrew Callender's lab as a master's student. My current research focus is on "Detection of polycyclic musk compounds in indoor dust by In-Tube Extraction (ITEX) HS-GC-MS".
VICTOR JONATHAN (Master's Student)
I am Victor Jonathan, from IMO state, Nigeria. I earned a B.S degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
I am a first year Master student at Tenn tech, a member of the Carrick group where I work on building organic scaffolds and synthesize natural products using advanced organic synthetic methods.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading interesting articles outside science, I also love traveling, sightseeing, and coding.
NADIA MIREKU (Master's Student)
I am from Ghana and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I am a first year Master's student and a member of the Zhan lab. My research is primarily focused on the dynamic movement of proteins in cell signaling; protein-protein interactions.
SAMIAT OLAYIWOLA (Master's Student)
I am a Msc. graduate student from Lagos, Nigeria. I completed my undergraduate degree at Olabisi Onabanjo University in Chemistry. My area of research is in Organic Synthesis and I work with Dr. Jesse Carrick.
BUSOLA OLOPE (Master's Student)
I hail from Akoko-Edo, Edo State, Nigeria, and I earned my undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. Currently, I am pursuing my master's degree, and I am a member of Dr. Callender's research lab. My research is centered on the development of methodologies for the detection and quantification of organic pollutants present in household dust using MAE/GC-MS/MS.
RUSIRU RAJAPAKSHA (Master's Student)
I’m from Walasmulla Sri Lanka. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and joined TTU in the spring of 2023. As a member of the Gurusinghe lab I’m working with Dr. Ranil M. Gurusinghe in the rotational spectroscopy field. Outside of work I enjoy spending my free time outdoors, hiking, trekking, and travelling.