Prof Samuel Sunday Adefila studied Chemistry at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1970) and Chemical Engineering in Enschede, Twente, Holland (1975). His doctoral study in Chemical Engineering was completed at the University of Salford in United Kingdom in 1983. He specializes in Thermodynamics. He taught Chemical Engineering for over 40 years in different Universities across Nigeria and internationally.
He began as an Assistant lecturer at ABU, Zaria in 1974, rising to the rank of Professor in 1990. He passed through Covenant University in 2010 on secondment, serving as Head of Department, Dean of the Engineering Faculty and on strategic committees contributing to the development of research and pedagogy in the budding private University. He returned to ABU in 2013. He sustained the Department of Chemical Engineering during critical periods in her history, particularly, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, leading a team of only 3 academics who continued teaching and research. His roles as external examiner and accreditor in practically every chemical engineering department in the country is notable in the Federal Universities and Polytechnics in Maiduguri, Minna, Bida, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Benin, and Umudike.
He received numerous awards and accolades in academia, industry and the community and has contributed to the development of chemical engineering education standards. His commitment to human development and research as illustrated by the work and passion he has invested in thousands of students and people around the world.
As PTDF Chair from 2003 to 2009, he led research projects which significantly enhanced the application of locally available raw materials for products which are of critical use in petroleum refining across the world. The studies focused on developing materials for export and enhancing local capability in the oil and manufacturing sectors. Professor Adefila’s work on Zeolites is theoretically extensive, developing processes for the scientific production of Zeolite Y and Zeolite ZSM5. He has worked expansively on environmental projects, the development of environmentally sustainable products for remediation of oil spills, the growth of environmental monitoring processes in the Nigerian Industrial Sector and energy efficient solutions relating to process engineering in the food, textile and cement industry. He was recently invited to the University of Brighton, in the United Kingdom to examine a PhD research in Environmental Engineering.
Professor Adefila also invested a lot of research capital in the development of salt exploration in the Benue Trough from 1987 to 2018. The huge salt industry in Nigeria remains significantly underdeveloped, though Professor Adefila is currently supervising a PhD student, on the “Integrated Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical investigations of Salt Deposits in the middle Benue Trough (Department of Physics, University of Lagos)”. Other notable research projects include water treatment chemicals, food preservation and green energy solutions.
While committed to relentless academic service, Professor Sam. S. Adefila also serves as the Chairman of Engineering and Environmental Management Services (EEMS) Limited, a company he co-founded in 1995. Professor Adefila was the inaugural Petroleum Trust Development Fund Chair at Ahmadu Bello University. He served as accreditor of examinations in many universities on behalf of The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). To his credit, he has published hundreds of academic papers as well as authoring technical and advisory reports for more than thirty industries on Energy, Environment, Feasibility Studies, start-ups, as well as management. With these achievements to his name, Prof Adefila voluntarily retired from teaching in 2014. He is actively involved in the Nigerian Society of Engineers, as a member of Council and serves on various executive committees. He is a registered member of (COREN). He was the immediate past president of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), where he made significant contributions to the Nigerian government’s green policy initiatives, including the development of national chemical process safety guidelines. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers Foundation.
He continues to serve the community in various capacities and is a Patron of the Ekiti Kwara Anglican Diocese.