Bukola Saheed (right) is a Nigerian who came to Clemson in the fall of 2015.

Bukola Saheed (right) is a Nigerian who came to Clemson in the fall of 2015.
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CLEMSON, South Carolina – Bukola Saheed of the College of Science has been awarded a first place in Clemson University’s fourth annual Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium. Saheed won for a poster presentation on miniaturized electrochemical cells that have a variety of practical and economical applications.

The Nigerian, who came to Clemson in the fall of 2015, won for his poster titled “A Novel Miniaturized Electrochemical Cell for Electrolysis and Fuel Cells Application.” Saheed also won first place in the second annual Chemistry Research Symposium. Both events recently took place at the Watt Family Innovation Center.

“Coming to Clemson University has been a lifetime honor for me because it remains a great citadel of learning,” said Saheed, who is a graduate research assistant in the department of chemistry. “More importantly, the opportunity to pursue my Ph.D program in Professor (Stephen) Creager’s research group is a dream come true, where fundamental knowledge of chemistry can be practically applied. I love what I’m doing in the lab and I believe I’ll continue to work hard to do good research and contribute significantly to our group.”

Creager, a professor of analytical chemistry in the College of Science at Clemson, said that Saheed’s awards were well-deserved.

“Bukola is a delight to have in our graduate program. He’s bright, creative, enthusiastic and hard-working – and he’s an excellent student and also an excellent teacher for the other students in the group,” Creager said. “I’m proud of him and expect great things from him now and in the future.”

Saheed said that his research proposal doesn’t require a lot of material or high-cost instruments.

“Most of these kinds of studies are done by big industry,” Saheed said. “But we’ve made our research available to any electrochemistry lab. We’ve been able to come up with a new, miniaturized cell that will be relatively simple to produce and also cost effective.”

The Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium was hosted by the C.U. Graduate School and Graduate Student Government.

“This excellent research is a great example of the caliber of work our students and their mentors are producing at Clemson,” said Jason Osborne, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University. “Bukola and his advisor, Dr. Creager, are working to provide innovative solutions to the challenges we face. Congratulations to both, and to all who participated in the events held last week.”