Dr Maje Alhaji Haruna

Dr Maje Alhaji Haruna


Maje holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK, a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, and a national diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria. He graduated with first-class honours from his undergraduate and was awarded the Michael Collins prize for the best-graduating student. Leading to his first employment as a Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at the Federal University Dutse, Nigeria. Based on his emerging talents, he was awarded a prestigious overseas scholarship by the Jigawa state government (Nigeria) worth £41,000 to study for an MSc in Chemical Engineering. After a thorough betting process, he was also awarded a fully-funded overseas PhD scholarship by the Petroleum Technology Development Funds (PTDF) worth £130,000. The competition to secure this sponsorship was extremely stiff, albeit he succeeded at every assessment stage. He was also awarded a fully-funded international PhD scholarship by the ministry of higher education, Saudi Arabia. During his PhD, his project was also supported by the European Research Council consolidated grants, and he was one of the few to be awarded the Newton Fund grants by the British Council as part of an exchange study programme between the UK and China, this promotes his active involvement in nano-engineering research to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation between the two partner countries. His outstanding achievement was acknowledged through the award of the best postgraduate students who teach and demonstrate at the University of Leeds 2020 teaching awards.

Considering the strength of Maje’s profile, his unique skills, and extended knowledge, immediately after his PhD he was offered a position of a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Leeds to continue his work, focusing on the production and functionalization of novel graphene oxide and its application for emerging energy. Currently, Maje held a Research Fellow position in Nanotechnology at the University of Leeds. He is also recognised for his ability to serve as an outstanding reviewer for reputable international journals. 

As part of his personal development, Maje has participated in a lot of professional development courses at the University of Leeds and have completed training on equality and diversity, information management, and health and safety. He has been an active member of internationally recognised scientific organisations including Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Chemical Society (ACS), Australasian Colloid and Interface Science (ACIS), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN). 


  • Lab Captain

Research interests

Maje has his research interest in nanotechnology for emerging energy applications. His current project focusses on developing multifunctional nanomaterials and nanocomposites with modified properties for enhanced oil recovery under harsh reservoir conditions. His research interest also involved the production of low-cost adsorbents for wastewater treatment: removal of unwanted organic contaminants and heavy metals from industrial wastewater.

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  • PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering (Nanotechnology)
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering
  • BSc in Chemistry (First class)
  • National Diploma Science Laboratory Technology

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Member Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Australasian Colloid and Interface Science (ACIS)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).