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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Mint
Favorite Food:
Rice (Jollof)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/19/1964
Birth Location:
Lagos,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Mint
Favorite Food:
Rice (Jollof)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/19/1964
Birth Location:
Lagos
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Biography

Professor, chemist, and inventor Omowunmi “Wunmi” A. Sadik was born in 1964 in Lagos, Nigeria. Growing up in Nigeria, Sadik was introduced to science by her father, who was a pharmaceutical technician. There were three physicians, one civil engineer, and two nurse practitioners in her family as well. In high school, Sadik was interested in physics, chemistry, and biology. She graduated from the University of Lagos in Nigeria with her B.S. degree in chemistry in 1985 and her M.S. degree in chemistry in 1987. Sadik received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 1994 at Wollongong University in Australia. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council (NRC) from 1994 to 1996 to conduct research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In 1996, Sadik was appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. From 2000 to 2003, Sadik held visiting appointments at the Naval Research Laboratories, Cornell University, and Harvard University. In 2002, she was promoted to associate professor of chemistry at SUNY-Binghamton; and, in 2005, Sadik became a full professor and was appointed director of SUNY-Binghamton’s Center for Advanced Sensors & Environmental Systems (CASE). Sadik’s research interests are in surface chemistry with a focus on sensors, environmental chemistry and conducting polymers. She has co-authored over 135 peer-reviewed research papers and patent applications, has given 121 keynote and invited lectures, as well as contributed 178 conference lectures, posters, symposia and workshops. Sadik was awarded four U.S. patents for her work on biosensors.

In 2011, Sadik chaired the inaugural “Gordon Conference on Environmental Nanotechnology.” She was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Study Panel on Instrumentation and Systems Development, and has made contributions to scientific and government organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, American Chemical Society and National Science Foundation. Sadik has received over $5 million in funding and contracts both from the private sector and government agencies. In 2012, Sadik co-founded the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO), a non-profit, international professional society dedicated to advancing sustainable nanotechnology around the world through education, research, and promotion of responsible growth of nanotechnology.

Sadik has been awarded Harvard University’s Distinguished Radcliffe Fellowship, the NSF Discovery Corps Senior Fellowship, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Research, the Australian Merit Award, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Inventor, and National Research Council (NRC) COBASE fellowship. Sadik was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010 and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2012.

Professor, chemist and an inventor Omowunmi “Wunmi” A. Sadik was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 10, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik discusses the oral history traditions of the Yoruba people of Nigeria
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the preservation of the traditions of the Yoruba people of Nigeria
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her father's training as a pharmaceutical technologist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the Yoruba Civil War, the Egba people, and the history of the establishment of the city of Abeokuta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her father's career as a pharmacist and a businessman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her grandmother's store in Lagos
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik speculates upon how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her siblings and their occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her early interest in African history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Omowunmi Sadik describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her father's practice of Islam, and her experience in elementary school in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about Nigeria's independence in 1960, the Biafran War, and the city of Lagos
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her father reaching her science and math in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the value of education in the Nigerian community, and her family's education in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about attending high school at a boarding school in Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik reflects about religious harmony in Nigeria and the spread of Christianity and Islam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her experience in high school in Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her decision to attend the University of Lagos for her undergraduate studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her decision to major in chemistry at the University of Lagos
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik describes how she convinced her mother that she could find a job as a chemist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her interest in organic chemistry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her experience at the University of Lagos
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik reflects upon her experience as a woman in science in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her interest in analytical chemistry at the University of Lagos
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her social life at the University of Lagos
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the Nigerian environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the environmental and the political scene in Nigeria in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her master's degree research on determining the level of heavy metals in Nigerian fruits and vegetables
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wollongong in Australia - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wollongong in Australia - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her interest in conducting polymers, their applications, and going to the University of Wollongong
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her Ph.D. dissertation research on conducting polymers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her family, her decision to pursue her Ph.D. degree in Australia, and the international community there
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about receiving a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her initial impression of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her work with environmental sensors at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik describes environmental sensor systems, and their applications as bio-sensors for pain
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her decision to join the faculty at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her research with sensors at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her research with sensors for nanoparticles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the applications of conducting polymers in chromium detoxification and water purification
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about funding for her research, and training of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the demographics of her research group, and her involvement in service at SUNY Binghamton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her patents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about serving as a visiting research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about becoming tenured at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the electronic nose technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her work with HIV sensors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about being elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her interest in academic research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her research on pain biosensors and sensors for nanoparticles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about the students whom she has mentored, and the impact of the African professional community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Omowunmi Sadik describes an example of her role as a mentor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her collaborators and the funding strategy for the Center for Advanced Sensor Research and Environmental Systems (CASE)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Omowunmi Sadik reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Omowunmi Sadik talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Omowunmi Sadik describes her photographs