Enock Olugbenga Oladepo DARE is presently the first to Profess Nanotechnology in Nigeria. He is a seasoned chemist, distinguished scholar and researcher of high repute. He holds a Ph.D in Chemistry of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and Advanced Research Diploma in Chemical Engineering of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; A postdoctoral training at Princeton University, NJ, USA.
Professor Dare is an outstanding international scholar and widely travelled to all continents of the world through international cooperation, having visited more than 30 different countries. He is a UNESCO and MONBUSHO fellow (Japan); FULBRIGHT and USAMI fellow (Princeton University, USA); Taiwanese National Science Foundation fellow (Taiwan); A regular visitor to ICTP, Trieste, Italy e.t.c. To crown it all, he recently got the world most prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) – Georg Forster fellowship which eventually accorded him a fellow of SCIAS, Wurzburg University, Germany.
Prof. Dare is a kingpin of Nanotechnology research in Africa. He remains a major player in the Nigeria Nanotechnology Initiatives of 2006 that brought Nanotechnology into limelight in Nigeria. He has made excellent research output in Hybrid nanocomposites based on POSS, nanoporous membrane technology, transdermal drug delivery, nanobimetallic for sensor and catalysis, green nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, e.t.c. His most current research lies on “nano-enabled materials for anti-counterfeiting, fingerprinting for criminality detection.
It is worth of note that several other awards, grants and commendations are to his credit. He was “Innovation and Invention” awardee of NASENI. The governing council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta commended him “for breaking new grounds in Chemistry” in the year 2014.
He is the author/co-author of over 120 scientific publications (journal articles, books and patents) and has given more than 40 invited lectures (plenary and keynotes) at various conferences world-wide. Professor Dare has produced 11 Doctors (Ph.Ds), some of which has gained tenure at prestigious institutions nationally and internationally.
Administratively, he was former Director of Academic Planning, Federal University, Lafia. As well, he was former Head of Department of Chemistry, FUNAAB.