Professor Ogbemi Ola Omatete
Professor of Chemical Engineering
BSE, MSE, MPA (Princeton), PhD (UC Berkeley)
Separation Processes: Multi-component ion exchange separations, processing of raw materials, extraction of oils/aromas from local ingredients,
Ceramic processing for forming advanced ceramics into complex-shaped turbo machinery components
Separation of gases using Carbon Fiber Carbon Molecular Sieve (CFCMS), CO2 Sequestration using CFCMS
Awards & Honours
2008-AIChE 2008 Black Achiever in Chemical Engineering Award
1998-Lockheed Martin President’s – Group Continuous Improvement
1996-Federal Laboratory Consortium-Excellence in Technology Transfer
1995-R&D 100 Award - one of best 100 inventions of the year (prestigious, names on plaque at main entrance of ORNL) - “Academy Award of Sciences”
1995-Scientific Achievement Award East Tenn. Chapter of NOBCChE
1994-Martin Marietta Energy Systems Significant Event Award
1992-Advanced Technology Award by the Inventors Club of America
1991-Martin Marietta Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE): From Student Member (1967) to Current Life time Member
- Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), Fellow (2012)
- Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE): From Member (1973) to current Life time Fellow
- Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE): From Member 1980, now Fellow (FNSE)
- American Ceramic Society (ACerS): From Member (1989) to current Senior Member
- American Chemical Society (ACS) - (1982-86)*
- Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) R-0461 (1978).
Separation Processes, Environmental Engineering, Sugar Technology, Inventions and Patents
1. Omatete, O. O. “Reason and Serendipity in Invention, The Gelcasting Case,” 41st Annual Conference and AGM, NSChE, Lagos, Nov. 2011
2. Omatete, O. O., Janney, M. A. and S. D. Nunn “Gelcasting: from Laboratory Development toward Industrial Production,” presented at the International Conference on the Shaping of Advanced Ceramics, Mol Belgium Apr 25-27, 1995 to be published in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.
3. O. O. Omatete, "Rheology in Gelcasting," Presented at the Graduate Seminar, The Materials Science and Engineering Dept, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL November 3, 1994.
4. O. O. Omatete, M. A. Janney and S. D. Nunn, “Gelcasting - A novel ceramic forming process,” Presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, SF, November 13-18, 1994.
5. O. O. Omatete, "Gelcasting: process and applications," Presented at the ASM International, Oak Ridge, TN April 7, 1995.
6. M. A. Janney, O. O. Omatete, S. D. Nunn, and C. A. Walls, "Binder Burnout in Gelcast Ceramics, "Paper SXIX-35-95, 97th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society, Cincinnati, OH April 30-May 3, 1995.
7. M. A. Janney, O. O. Omatete, S. D. Nunn, and C. A. Walls, "Binder Burnout in Gelcast Ceramics, "Paper SXIX-52-95, 97th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society, Cincinnati, OH April 30-May 3, 1995.
8. C. A. Walls, D. L. Barker, M. A. Janney, S. D. Nunn, and O. O. Omatete, "Gelcasting: A Net Shape Forming Process," Poster SXIX-62-95, 97th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Soc., Cincinnati, OH April 30-May 3, 1995.
9. D. L. Barker, M. A. Janney, S. D. Nunn, O. O. Omatete, and C. A. Walls, "Green Body Strength and Machining Characteristics of Gelcast Alumina," Poster SXIX-16-95, 97th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Soc., Cincinnati, OH April 30-May 3, 1995.
10. S. D. Nunn, O. O. Omatete, C. A. Walls, and D. L. Barker, "Aqueous Gelcasting of Ceramic Materials," Paper SVIII-66-94, 96th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society, IN, April 24-27, 1994.
11. Omatete, "Gelcasting and Rheological Properties of Ceramic Slurries," invited presentation at the S. East Section of the ACerS meeting, Greenville, SC 3/93.
12. Omatete, Gelcasting: A New Forming Process," invited presentation at the meeting of the Ceramic Association of NJ, Harmon, NJ 6/10/93.
13. Omatete, "Ceramic Forming by Gelcasting," invited presentation at the 3M Technical Forum, St Paul, MN, April, 1992.
14. Omatete, O. O. "Gelcasting," technical session organized by The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE), WATTec '91, Knoxville.
15. Omatete, O. O. "Structural Ceramics," The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE) technical session, WATTEC '90, Feb 22, 1990, Knoxville, TN.
16. Omatete, O. O. "Gelcasting," The Graduate Seminar, Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 29, 1990.
17. Omatete, O. O. and M. A. Janney, "A Round-Robin Test of Electrophoretic Mobility for Ceramic Powders," The 92nd Annual Meeting of The American Ceramic Society, April 22-26, 1990, Dallas, Texas.
18. Omatete, O. O., R. H. Strehlow, and C. A. Walls, "Properties of Alumina Ceramics made by the Gelcasting Process," The 92nd Annual Meeting of The American Ceramic Society, April 22-26, 1990, Dallas, Texas.
19. Omatete, O. O. "Gelcasting: Process Development and Technology Transfer," The Advisory Committee, Metals and Ceramics Division, ORNL, Apr 1990.
20. Omatete, O. O. "Gelcasting a New Ceramic Powder," The Technology Transfer Workshops on Gelcasting, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 15, March 8, and June 6, 1990.
21. Omatete, O. O., "Strategies for the development of petro-chemicals in the 5th National Development Plan (1986-1990)" Conference on strategies for the 5th National Dev. Plan, NISER, University of Ibadan, 1984.
22. Omatete, O. O., "Role of engineers in a developing economy" ULES symposium, University of Lagos, 1980.
23. Omatete, O. O., "Sectoral technology transfer" ULES symposium, University of Lagos, 1978.
24. Omatete, O. O., "The need for technical professionals in Africa" Western Regional Black Engr. & Sci Conference, San Francisco, 1976.
Summary of Profile
Ogbemi Ola Omatete, PhD
After School Certificate (1958) and Higher School Certificate (1960), at Government College Ughelli, Dr. Omatete won the ASPAU scholarship to Princeton University, NJ. He has three degrees from Princeton: a bachelor’s (1964) and a master’s (1966/67) in Chemical Engineering from the College of Engineering and a master’s (1966/67) in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Completing his PhD (1971), also in Chemical Engineering and a post-doctoral position (1971-72), both at the University of California, Berkeley, he returned home to Nigeria.
He has contributed to the advancement of engineering and science both in Nigeria and in the United States.
He was a member of the foundation chemical engineering faculty at both Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) at Ife (1972-74), and the University of Lagos (1974-89), Nigeria, where he became Associate Professor and department chairman. He taught the first Nigerian trained chemical engineering graduates from OAU (1973).
He joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) formerly the Atomic Energy Laboratory, the first Nigerian, in 1988 and retired in 2003 as a senior development staff member of the Ceramic Processing Group, where his major research interests were in ceramic processing and CO2 sequestration. He has also researched in separation processes, ion-exchange, and drying.
He is the co-inventor of the aqueous gelcasting process for forming complex-shaped ceramic components, has 5 US patents and several publications, and has made numerous presentations all over the world.
At ORNL, he was a pioneer. The gelcasting process resulted in the first collaborative research and development agreement (CRADA) between a private company and the national laboratory. Also, he became the first researcher ever sent from the national laboratory to a private company (1996–98) to help develop his process licensed from the laboratory.
He has won many awards including the prestigious R&D 100, Advanced Technology Award by the Inventors Club of America, and Award of Excellence for Technology Transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium, amongst others.
He is a Senior Member of the American Ceramic Society, a Life Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Life Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Life Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, and COREN registered - R-0461 (1978).
In November 2012, he joined Covenant University as a Professor of Chemical Engineering. He is an avid golfer.