4th African Nano Conference/Workshop on

Application of Nanotechnology to Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Health

Hybrid: Physical and Virtual

Date: 19th - 23rd July, 2021

Venue: Princess Alexandria Auditorium (PAA), University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Theme: Nanotechnology: A Springboard for National Development

Note: Virtual participants will be required to submit, in addition, a pre-recorded video of their presentation before the July 19th, 2021 conference start date.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Hubert Gijzen, Regional Director and Representative UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe


The African Conference/Workshop will provide opportunities for internationally renowned resource persons to identify possible areas of collaboration to African institutions and assist in training some of their staff to acquire Ph.D. and Post-doctoral research experience/ qualifications in critical areas relevant to the teams of the Conference/Workshop. Finally, this Conference/Workshop is currently a biennial event with hands-on sessions.

Guest Speakers

Hubert Gijzen
Professor, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Prof. Hubert Gijzen holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, and has an established career of over 34 years in both academics and in international cooperation. He has worked in academic institutions and universities, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Embassies and in International ... Read More
Emeka Okwuosa
CEO, Oilserv Group of Companies, Nigeria
Emeka Okwuosa is a seasoned engineer, administrator, entrepreneur and a visionary with over 35 years of experience in the following areas: maintenance and operations, teaching, wireline logging and interpretation, seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, pipeline ... Read More
Winston Soboyejo
Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wole Soboyejo received his BSc degree in mechanical engineering from King’s College London in 1985. He then went on to receive a PhD in materials science from Cambridge University in 1988. After four years of working at the McDonnell Douglas Research Labs (1988-1992) and the Edison Welding ... Read More
Emmanuel Iwuoha
Professor, University Of Western Cape, South Africa
Emmanuel Iwuoha is the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair (Tier 1) for NanoElectrochemistry and Sensor Technology and a Senior (Distinguished) Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Cape (UWC). He received the University of Western Cape Vice ... Read More
Kenneth Ozoemena
Professor, Wits University, South Africa
Kenneth Ozoemena is Professor of Materials for Energy & Electrochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. His current research interests are on materials science and electrochemistry with a focus on advanced materials for the next-generation clean ... Read More
Deji Akinwade
Professor, University Of Texas, Austin
Dr. Deji Akinwande is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009, where he conducted research on the synthesis, device physics, and circuit applications of carbon nanotubes and graphene ... Read More
Justus Ndukaife
Professor, Vanderbilt University, USA
Professor Justus Ndukaife is with the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Vanderbilt University. He is also a faculty member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). Prior to joining Vanderbilt University, he received a Ph.D. in ... Read More
Solomon Nwaka
Director, ANDI Programme, UNOPS, Addis Ababa
Solomon Nwaka’s scientific and leadership career spans various academic, public and international organizations, biotechnology industry, and public-private partnerships in several countries, including USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. Presently, he is ... Read More
Nicholas Igwe
CEO, Zenith Water Projects Ltd
Dr Nicholas Igwe is a renowned scholar and professional in Water Engineering. He is also the Director and Shareholder of Zenith Business Link (South Africa), Zenith Polymer Technology (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa). His forward-thinking nature has led him to build an impressive career in the Water Engineering and ... Read More
Anthony Okoh
Prof. University of Forte hare, South Africa
Prof Okoh has been a recipient of several awards including the University of Fort Hare Vice-Chancellor Emerging Researcher Award, and the Vice-Chancellor Senior Researcher Medal. Also, in 2011 Prof Okoh made history as the first black person to be elected President of the ... Read More
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
Politician, Aquaculturist, Philanthropist, Breast Cancer Advocate
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was born on July 20, 1953 to the family of Chief B.U.B (late) and Nneoma Dora Anyanwu (late) in Emeabiam, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State. She graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) with a BSc in Zoology ... Read More

Plenary Speakers

View profile of speakers here.


Lectures, presentations and discussions during the conference/workshop will be centered on the following sub-themes of Nanotechnology Applications in:

  • Energy, Oil and Gas Sensors and Actuators, Bioimaging
  • Nanochemistry
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Nanoformulation of Drugs
  • Nanomaterials in Engineering
  • Nanotechnology in Veterinary Medicine
  • Nanofilters for Oil Cleaning Systems
  • Nanomedicine for Disease Detection and Treatment
  • Nanoengineered Materials for Improved Agriculture
  • Nanotechnology for Energy Storage and Harvesting
  • Nanoporous Materials for Water Filtration
  • Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Education
  • Nanotechnology for New Materials and Devices
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Renewable Energy (Nuclear Power, Solar Energy, Hydrogen Production)
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems (Batteries, Fuels Cells and Capacitors)
  • Energy and Environmental Issues
  • Energy and Power Production, Distribution and Usage
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Energy Policy and Management
  • Energy System Reliability
  • Sustainable Energy Intrastructure
  • Green Nanotechnology in Drug Discovery


  • Workshop on Batteries/Supercapacitors
  • Hands-on-session on practical
  • International collaboration
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Bench work Abroad
  • Co-Supervision
  • MSc & PhD Scholarship
  • Discussion with experts and researchers on various projects
  • Discussions on funding and grant writing

Key Dates and Timelines

  • 1st March, 2021: Commencement of abstract submission
  • 30th June, 2021: Deadline for submission of abstract
  • 30th June, 2021: Deadline for notification of acceptance of abstract
  • 30th June, 2021: Deadline for submission of full paper
  • 19th - 23rd July, 2021: Conference/workshop

Registration Details

  • Regular Participants: NGN 6,000
  • Students: NGN 2,500
  • Companies: NGN 40,000
  • Foreign Participants: USD 100

The conference regular fee covers coffee break, lunch and conference materials.

Method of Payment

  • Bank Transfer (USD Payment)
Bank: Citibank NA
Address: 111 Wall Street, New York
Swift: CITIUS33
ABA No.: 021000089
Beneficiary: Diamond Bank Plc, AC Number 36151409
Diamond Bank Swift Code: DBLNNGLA
For further credit to: 
Account No.: 0019435076 (Final beneficiary)
Account Name: Nano Research Group (Final beneficiary)
Bank: Citibank NA
Address: Main Operations Centre, Lewisham House, 25, Molesworth Street, Lewisham, London SE1 37EX
Sort Code: 18 50 08
Beneficiary: (USD) Diamond Bank Plc, AC Number 5530636 IBAN-GB18CITI18500805530636
For further credit to: 
Account No.: 0019435076 (Final beneficiary)
Account Name: Nano Research Group (Final beneficiary)
  • Bank Transfer (Naira Payment)
Bank: Fidelity Bank Plc
Account Name: Nano Research Group
Account Number: 6060330579
Bank: Diamond Bank Plc
Account Name: Nano Research Group
Account Number: 0030620291

Submission of Abstract

Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract (or graphical abstract) in English (Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12 and Spacing: 1.5). Abstracts should be submitted by email to nanogroup@unn.edu.ng.

Presentation Instructions

  • Plenary Lecture: 45 minutes
  • Invited Speaker Presentation: 30 minutes
  • Paper Presentation: 15 minutes
  • Poster Presentation: 15 minutes


Oilserv Limited Group of Companies

National Centre for Energy Research and Development

University of South Africa

International Society of Electrochemistry

Materials Research Society, Singapore

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Download Conference Flyers/Materials

2021 Conference Flyer Side One 2021 Conference Flyer Side Two 2021 Conference Programme of Event

About the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

The University of Nigerian was established on October 7, 1960 as the first indigenous University in Nigeria. It has two major campuses at Nsukka and Enugu both in Enugu State, South-eastern, Nigeria. The main Campus of the University is located in Nsukka, which is about 80km North West of Enugu. The geographical area is characterized by savannah grassland with scattered strands of trees. The climate is serene, pleasant and healthy. The university of Nigeria, Nsukka has sixteen (16) faculties and well over eighty (80) academic departments and over 40, 000 students.

  • Special Guest of Honour: Engr. (Dr) Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman, Oilserv Group of Companies
  • Chairman: Arc (Dr.) Edward Nkwegu, OFR, Chairman, Edon group of companies
  • Chief Host: Prof. Charles A. Igwe, Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka