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Ezekiel Adekanmbi

Ezekiel Adekanmbi

GPSA President, Chemical Engineering Doctoral Student


Buchanan 338



Mailing Address

Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

Ezekiel Adekanmbi
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, in progress
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho, 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos, 2011

Ezekiel Adekanmbi is a graduate student pursuing his doctorate in chemical engineering. He graduated in 2011 from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a bachelor's in chemical engineering after which he was awarded an international scholarship, in 2013, by the Saudi Arabian Government to attend King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia for master's in chemical engineering. Adekanmbi left KFUPM after receiving an admission letter to attend the University of Idaho in 2014. At U of I, Adekanmbi, under Soumya Srivastava, has been working on his area of interest: the production of multi-module fluidic devices for early diagnosis of diverse diseases. Currently, he is working on the characterization of Cupriavidus necator- a potential biosorption agent for the multi-scale extraction of rare earth elements.

Adekanmbi served his community through his membership of the University Faculty Senate. He was the vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers, U of I chapter before establishing the U of I chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). He is the current president of the club. Adekanmbi served as president of Graduate and Professional Student Association during the 2017-2018 school year. As president , he worked university administration on ways to increase U of I’s visibility and attract more high-calibre students. His technical prowess has been recognized with a call to review the works of other authors in his research field of microfluidics. As of today, Adekanmbi is a reviewer for the Journal of Separation Science, Electrophoresis, World Congress of Chemical Engineering and Applied Physics Letters. As a dexterous pianist, Adekanmbi (alongside his LOVE HYMN GROUP, made up of elders of 50-75 years age range) volunteer every other Sunday to visit the senior homes in Pullman, Wash. There, he plays ancient and modern hymns to the admiration and physico-spiritual rejuvenation of the seniors.

  • Bioseparation
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Numerical computation
  • Point-of care diagnostics
  • Biophysics

  • Ezekiel O. Adekanmbi, Soumya Srivastava. Dielectrophoretic applications for disease diagnostics using lab-on-a-chip platform. Lab chip, 2016,16, 2148-2167. DOI: 10.1039/C6LC00355A (Impact factor: 6.115)
  • Ezekiel Adekanmbi, Massaro W. Ueti, Brady Rinaldi, Carlos E. Suarez and Soumya Srivastava. Insulator-based dielectrophoretic diagnostic tool for babesiosis. Biomicrofluidics, 10, 033108 (2016) DOI: 10.1063/1.4954196 (Impact factor: 3.3)


NSF EAGER: Rapid Screening and Identification of Organisms which Hyper-Accumulate Metals;
Principal Investigator:Soumya Srivastava; Co-Principal Investigator:James Moberly


  1. Dielectrophoretic separation of Babesia-infected erythrocyte
  2. Clarification of Breast-Cancer Infected Peripheral Mononuclear Blood Cells in a Semi-Circular Insulator-Based Microfluidic Channel

  • College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student, May 2017
  • NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) Scholar, April 2017
  • Prof. Aisha Elshabini Achievement Award, March 2017
  • INBRE Travel Grant, March 2017
  • Certificate of Achievement, National Organization for the advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Nov. 2016
  • Advancing Science Grant, NOBCChE, Nov. 2016
  • National Society of Black Engineers Travel Grant, Nov. 2016
  • Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) Travel Award, Nov. 2016
  • First Prize, Technical Research Exhibition, NSBE Regional Conference, Denver, Colorado, Nov. 2016
  • Graduate Students Scholarship, College of Graduate Studies, Aug. 2016
  • Third prize, Fast Pitch Science Award, 2016 INBRE Idaho Research Conference, Moscow, Idaho, Aug. 2016
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)/AES Travel Grant, July 2016
  • First prize, University of Idaho Innovation Showcase, April 2016
  • Outstanding Master Student Research and Creativity Award, University of Idaho, April 2016
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) Travel Grant, March 2016
  • University of Idaho Alumni Excellence Award, Dec. 2015
  • First prize, Technical Research Exhibition, NSBE Regional Conference, Riverside, California, Nov. 2015
  • Honorable mention (Presenter), Poster Session, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 2015
  • Fellow, National Leadership Institute, National Society of Black Engineers, Sept. 2015
  • Second prize, University of Idaho Innovation Showcase, Aug. 2015
  • Roehl Scholarship, University of Idaho, Aug. 2014
  • Saudi Arabia International Postgraduate Scholarship, Aug. 2013

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Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 308

Mailing Address:

Chemical and Materials Science Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021

Phone: 208-885-7572

Fax: 208-885-7462

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