Neonicotinoids used as insecticides have tremendously increased in the last two decades since the first neonicotinoid insecticide (imidacloprid) was placed on the market in 1991.However, their toxicity to bees resulted in the decline of bee colonies as well as possible prolonged contamination in the environment many years after use. The processes by which these chemicals persist in the environment though are still largely unclear.
Sorption is a fundamental process that determines the transport and distribution dynamics of pesticides in the sub-surface environment. Therefore, understanding the sorption kinetics of these insecticides will help in predicting pesticides behaviour in the environmental compartments and their distribution in soil.
In our research work, we have been looking at the effect of soil characteristics (obtained from different geological zones in UK) on the behaviour of these insecticides under varying conditions to give credibility to environmental data important in determining the potential risk of neonicotinoid insecticides to both non-target terrestrial and aquatic organisms.
I have developed a passion for research work in the field of Environmental Analysis by employing advanced analytical techniques to monitor and assess the environmental fate of compounds of special relevance in complex matrices. I am gradually honing my expertise in chromatography-mass spectrometry as well as method development and validation to acceptable international guidelines.
Prior to my PhD journey, I have worked with the Nigerian apex body for standardisation (SON), a major player in African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), in the area of product standards development to Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), Quality Assurance activities and ISO Management system certifications to ISO 9001, 22000 and OHSAS 18001 standards, being a US and UK trained certificated Lead Auditor.
I am a member Royal Society of Chemistry, London and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Environmental fate of neonicotinoid insecticides, SEC Conference Kingston University, 2017