Supervising Faculty: Kai Xiao
Akinola developed a passion to solve his nation’s dwindling electricity supply crisis while studying at the University of Lagos. His empathy for the environment influenced his decision to develop expertise in renewable technologies by studying at the Ecole Polytechnique. While in France, he worked on an organic solar cell project where an efficiency of 3.8% was reached using a new small band-gap polymer as the donor material. He conducted his master’s degree research at Air Liquide’s Centre for Research Claude Delorme (CRCD) in the fine chemical surface, synthesis, and science group where he worked on doped ZnO:X as a transparent conductive material. On the side, he dedicates time to develop awareness for good, quality education in Nigeria and also mentors high-school students.
Akinola's current research interest is in understanding how layered-materials properties change when they are “thinned” from several atoms to just a single-atom thick. The weak “van der Waals” forces between each layers of these materials makes it possible to cleave individual layer. Interestingly, these materials behave differently depending on the number of layers, even more so, when they are reduced to just a single layer. This is due to quantum confinement, because charge carriers like electrons are now restricted to move only in two-dimensional space, rather than in 3-D. Graphene, an archetype of layered materials has generated a lot of interest because of its optoelectronics properties. It is thinnest material, with extraordinary strength and electrical conductivity. His research focuses on similar materials, mainly transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), which can be used in transistor, solar cell and light-emitting diode (LED) applications. Example includes MoS2, MoSe2, InSe, WS2, WSe2, Black phosphorus (BPh), PdS2, and PdSe2. Because these materials are thin, flexible and lightweight, they are in consideration for use in wearables.
Experimental tools such as Raman spectroscopy, Photoluminescence and absorption spectroscopy are used to understand the optical characteristics with quantum confinement. Microscopy studies are done with high-powered microscopes, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Device fabrication are done at the clean room facility in CNMS, ORNL using electron and photolithography. Other material processing tools, such as reactive ion etching (RIE) etching and metal evaporator are also used. Device characterization is done with a semiconductor analyzer and a Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS).
Master of Science in Renewable Energy, Science and Technology - École Polytechnique, France
Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering - University of Lagos, Nigeria
National Diploma, Electrical Engineering, 2006 – Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria
- Journal reviewer for IEEE VPPC 2016
- STEM volunteer, 2014 Science Saturdays
- STEM volunteer - John Hay Elementary School (Grades 5&6), (2015)
- Vice-President of Bridges International, a non-profit organization on campus which serves to integrate international students.
- Founded an high school to provide qualitative education to indigent students in my community with a current enrolment of over 300 students.
- Founded an NGO to encourage high school students to tackle current energy crisis in Africa through local technological innovations.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2016 Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise.
- Recipient of a competitive $ 8,000 grant from the US consulate in Nigeria to develop an energy program that has the potential to impact over 500 high school students yearly.
- Recipient, Air Liquide International Scholarship valued at $ 22,000.
- Recipient ExxonMobil International Scholarship valued at $ 50,000.
- Top 10 student in engineering and geosciences out of 10,000 applicants in Nigeria.
- Graduated top of the class (1 out of 150), and top result in over two decades (2010).
- Recipient, Professor O.A Seriki memorial prize for the best student in Electronics (2010).
- Recipient, University of Lagos Engineering Society Prize for the best engineering student (2009).
- The only student selected to represent the University of Lagos at the Shell Assessed Internship (2009).
- University of Lagos Endowment recipient for scholastic students (2007-2010).
- Recipient, ExxonMobil/Mobil Oil Producing University Undergraduate Scholarship (2007-2010).
- Recipient, Total/Elf University Undergraduate Scholarship (2006-2010).
- Recipient, MicCom Educational Foundation Scholarship (2007).
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