Yakubu Yakmut Saleh

Yakubu Yakmut Saleh


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Personal Statement

I am a first year PhD research student with an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management and a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

I currently work with Nigeria's Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission under the Field Production and Development department with previous stints in the department of Health, Safety and Environment. This job role and field experiences prompted my quest for an effective method of in situ remediation of crude oil contaminated underground water which is prevalent in oil-producing communities of the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria.

The knowledge and application of Nanotechnology are rapidly gaining ground due to the size and characteristics of nanoparticles. Its ability to cover large surface areas and the ease of migrating through porous soil and rock media make it a preferred option.

My research intends to explore the use of environmentally friendly nanomaterials, nano zero valent irons (nZVI) to remedy crude oil contaminated underground waters (mainly shallow wells) in rural communities.

Synthesize nZVI using natural plant extracts as it has been acheived in numeous articles, examine the efficacy of the biosythesized nZVI and  determine the optimum blend required for ground water remediation.

My primary supervisor is Charles Knapp and secondary supervisor is Stella Pytharouli, both in the depatment of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Research Interests

  1. Ground water remediation
  2. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  3. Hydrology and hydrogeology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Sustainable Urban Water Metabolism, University of Leeds

19 Sept 201227 Nov 2013

Award Date: 27 Nov 2013

Bachelor of Engineering, Design of a highway from Yelwa to Sabon Kaura, Bauchi state including flood drainage network, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University

5 Jul 200229 Nov 2007

Award Date: 29 Nov 2007

External positions

Senior Civil Engineer, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission

30 Sept 2013 → …


  • water remediation
  • water quality
  • Water Purification (Photocatalysis)
  • Groundwater
  • Hydrogeology


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