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PhD Student Receives Distinguished Environmental-Chemistry Award
Fourth-year Bren School doctoral candidate Adeyemi Adeleye is recognized for nanoparticle research

PhD student Adeyemi Adeleye has received a Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Environmental Chemistry. Adeleye was recognized for his research on engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in various water environments. ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, presents the Graduate Student Award to some twenty students each year. Competition for the faculty-nominated award is open to students from around the world.


Adeyemi Adeleye teaches lab techniques to a Bren School master's student.

Adeleye will receive a nominal cash prize of $125, a one-year membership to the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, and have his work covered in the ACS newsletter, EnviroofACS, and the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Perhaps most importantly, the award recognizes his promise as a researcher who has the potential to make meaningful contributions in the field of environmental chemistry.

“Adeyemi has already made a number of important contributions to understanding how nanoparticles behave in water and has shown the capacity to think through the most important interactions between nanoparticles and microorganisms in coastal waters, estuaries, rivers, and lakes,” said Bren professor Arturo Keller, who is Adeleye’s faculty advisor and nominated him for the award. “His work is important because it helps us understand how these novel materials will transport in aqueous environments and how likely we are to be exposed to them.”

Since entering the Bren PhD program in 2011, Adeleye has been a contributing author for eight published journal articles, all focused on how ENPs behave in the environment. In his current research, he seeks to understand how ENPs in aquatic environments are influenced by specific natural compounds secreted by microorganisms.

“Yemi is dedicated, productive, and very creative in the types of research questions he develops,” says Keller.

Adeleye is currently on track to complete his dissertation this spring.