Amaka Onyianta

Amaka Onyianta

Amaka Onyianta

Research Fellow


Amaka studied Industrial Chemistry in Nigeria. She worked as a Technologist in her home university for 2 years before moving to The United Kingdom for further studies. She completed her Master's degree in Polymers, colorants and fine chemicals, with distinction, under the supervision of Prof Jim Guthrie at the University of Leeds in 2015. Her Master's research project was on hydrogel systems for fire retardant windows, in collaboration with Pyroquard UK Ltd. She started her PhD at Edinburgh Napier University in 2015, haven received the Anniversary studentship. Her PhD research is was on nanocellulose reinforced biopolymer composites. She has also collaborated with top material scientists at the University of Genoa, Italy, under the Erasmus+ traineeship programme. Amaka is currently working on the biomedical applications of nanocellulose as a Research Fellow under the Nanomaterials Unit of the School of Engineering and Built Environment.


Conference Activity

  • SEBE Best Paper Award (Runner-up)


Fellowships and Awards

  • The Perkin Price (School of Chemistry, University of Leeds)


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)


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