A fresh honour has again come the way of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State as three of its lecturers were ranked among top world scientists.
A document recently released Elsevier B. V (Netherlands) and a team of researchers led Prof. John P.A. loannidis from Stanford University, United States displayed a comprehensive list of top two per cent scholars across all fields world-wide.
Metrics obtained from Scopus, the largest database of peer-reviewed scholarly documents, identified Professors Abass Abiola Olajire, Olugbenga Solomon Bello and Agbaje Lateef of LAUTECH among the 71 Nigerian scholars.
The data sets of the research, which can be freely accessed on Mendeley showed that Olajire and Bello of Pure and Applied Chemistry, as well as Lateef of Pure and Applied Biology, all from LAUTECH ranked 3rd, 35th and 61st in Nigeria respectively.
A further analysis of the data showed that Olajire ranks 128th of 66,925 scholars in Environmental Sciences, Bello 582nd of 55,697 scholars in Chemical Engineering while Lateef ranked 757th of 50,343 scholars in Biotechnology worldwide.
“It is gratifying to note that while Prof. Olajire started his career as a foundation academic staff of LAUTECH in 1990, both Bello and Lateef are alumni of the university”, the institution’s spokesman, Olalekan Fadeyi said.
Olajire is a Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry, Bello specialises in Physical Chemistry while Lateef is a Professor of Microbiology and also Head of LAUTECH’s Nanotechnology Research Group (NANO+).