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Temitope Tosin Abiola (PhD)

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The journey so far......

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry with first class (Hons) from the Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria. Shortly after my study, I joined Kwara State University, Malete Nigeria on a year contract as a research assistant, investigating "Heavy metal and organic toxic pollutants in well water samples across Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria". After this, I joined Biomedical Ltd. Nigeria (a pharmaceutical company), as a research and development chemist, where I worked on the "Development of Peritoneal Dialysis and other related intravenous infusions" in the process. Selected for the prestigious commonwealth scholarship in 2018, I joined the University of Warwick for a Master's degree in Analytical Science and Instrumentation which I passed with distinction (85%). Having received the Chancellor's International Scholarship from the University of Warwick, I am now undertaking my PhD research under the guidance of Professor Vasilios StavrosLink opens in a new window.

PhD Project Brief

Currently in the final year of my PhD, studying photochemistry and photophysics of nature-inspired (plants) UV filters under the supervision of Professor Vasilios StavrosLink opens in a new window. The focus of my research is towards the development of efficient, environmentally friendly, and dermatological-safe UV filters for use in sunscreens formulation and photothermal application. To achieve this, I use femtoseconds (10-15s) pump-probe spectroscopy and other analytical techniques to investigate the interaction of plant UV-filters with UV radiation in industry-standard emollient and on a synthetic skin mimic; tracking their excitation and relaxation mechanism in real-time. This provides a close-to-real sunscreen formulation and application environment information, which is essential for the development of future sunscreens.

Awards and Honors

    • Runner-up Talk Prize, Chemistry Department Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick, UK (2022)
    • Researcher Development Grants, Royal Society of Chemistry (2022)
    • Best Poster Prize, International Black Chemist Research Conference, Middlesex University, London (2021)
    • 3 Minutes Presentation Winner. RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Group Early Career Meeting (2020)
    • Elevator Speech Winner. BlankInChem Networking Event (2020)
    • Chancellor's International Scholarship. University of Warwick (2019)
    • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, University of Warwick (2018)
    • Award for Academic Excellence. The Federal University of Technology, Akure (2016)