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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Joined UCL: November 2013

Muftau Jide Akanbi

  • PhD Researcher
  • UCL Mechanical Engineering

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Research Area

Material Design

Research outline

Incidences of oil spill has been a common phenomenon in the oil and gas industry with huge environmental implications; while Sorbent is known to be an effective method of cleaning up these spills. The commercial available polypropylene sorbent fabricated using melt blown technology has been shown to exhibit lower sorption capacity and poorer oil water selectivity, than fibres fabricated using electrospinning process. My project focuses on an in-depth study into the use of these electrospun fibrous material as sorbents in oil spill remediation.


I completed my bachelor’s (B.Eng) and master’s (MSc) degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and University College London (UCL) respectively. Prior to taking time off work for my master degree in 2009/10 academic year, I had worked with the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as a Mechanical Engineer and as a Planning/Costing Engineer.

I had the privilege of working in a team involved with managing various engineering projects for the corporation both before and after my MSc. My passion for innovative-scientific research brought me back into the academia in 2013 to pursue research on the design and engineering of electrospun fibrous mat as sorbent for oil spill clean-up. This project is sponsored by Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Nigeria.

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