Olumide Bolarinwa Ayodele

Associate Professor of Instruction, Chemical Engineering

Olumide Bolarinwa Ayodele headshot


Olumide is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. He was a Visiting Professor (Chemical Engineering program) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a former Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina, Canada. He served as a Fellow at the Nanochemistry Research Group, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) Portugal. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Technology PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia. His Postdoctoral study was funded by the Mitsubishi Corporation Education Trust Fund at the Center for Biofuel & Biochemical Research, UTP. During the period he was a Visiting Research Scientist at the Clean Energy Research Center, University of Yamanashi, Kofu, Japan. His research focuses on the synthesis, functionalization, and characterization of inorganic and hybrid nanocatalysts for clean energy technology applications in semihydrogenation of acetylene, biofuel, carbon dioxide reduction to fuels & chemicals (F&C), low-temperature direct methane conversion to liquid F&C, and plasma-assisted catalysis. He was a Principal Investigator for one advanced catalysis for energy and environment project at the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He is a founding Associate Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Catalysis and presently an Editorial Member of The Open Materials Science Journal.


  • Chemical Process Plant Design
  • Separation Processes
  • Computer-Aided Process Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • (Nano)Particle Technology
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Gas Process Engineering
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

Research Interests

  • NanoCatalysis for Energy and Environment
    • Direct methanol conversion to ethylene glycol
    • Catalytic autothermal reforming of crude glycerol to hydrogen
    • Semihydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene
    • Catalytic CO2 Conversion to Chemical and Fuels
    • Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation Process of Bio-Oil Upgrading to Biofuel
    • Catalytic Low-Temperature Direct Methane Conversion to Methanol
  • Advanced Wastewater Treatment (Heterogeneous Photo-Fenton Process)
  • Computer-Aided Process Engineering Design and Simulation


Postdoctoral Nanocatalysis, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia.

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia

MSc Chemical Engineering, University of Science Malaysia

B.Eng.  Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria

Diploma, Chemical Engineering Technology, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Nigeria


  1. O. B. Ayodele, Rational Design of Zeolite Y Supported Oxalate and Borohydride Ligands Functionalized Cu Catalysts for CO2 Conversion to Specialty Chemicals, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2022) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2022.121381. Impact Factor = 24.319
  2. O. B. Ayodele, Modulation effects of Cu modification and ligand functionalization on Pt d-band center, upper d-band edge, and acidic strength of alloyed PtCe on semihydrogenation of acetylene, Journal of Energy Chemistry, (2022) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jechem.2022.05.035. Impact Factor = 13.599
  3. O. B. Ayodele, Resolving One of The Holy Grails of Catalysis: Direct Nonoxidative Methane Conversion to Ethylene Over Plasma-Assisted Atomically Dispersed Pt Catalyst, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, (2022) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.12.200. Impact Factor = 7.139
  4. O. B. Ayodele, R. Cai, J. Wang, Y. Ziouani, et al., Synergistic computational-experimental Discovery of Highly Selective PtCu Nanocluster Catalysts for Acetylene Semihydrogenation, ACS Catalysis, (2020) https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.9b03539. Impact Factor = 13.08
  5. Mohamedali, O. B. Ayodele, H. Ibrahim, Challenges and Prospects for the Photocatalytic Liquefaction of Methane into Oxygenated Hydrocarbons, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2020.110024. Journal Impact Factor = 16.779