Professor Kehinde Olayinka is the first Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Lagos. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of Ibadan in 1979, an M.Sc.in Analytical Chemistry (with Distinction) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1982 and a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from Thames Polytechnic (now Greenwich University) London, UK in 1988. She has almost 40 years work experience in the various aspects of Analytical Chemistry in food, air, water, soil and risk assessment of chemical pollutants.
Prof Olayinka started her career at the Food and Drugs Administration, Oshodi (now National Agency for Food and Drug Administration- NAFDAC) in 1982. After a few months, because of her passion for research, she moved over to the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) and worked there from 1982 to 1999 rising to the position of Chief Research Officer. She transferred her services to the University of Lagos as a Senior Lecturer in 1999 and rose to become an Associate Professor in 2007 and a Professor of Analytical & Environmental Chemistry in 2011.Professor Olayinka was the Head of the Department of Chemistry, University of Lagos from 2009-2012.
Her areas of expertise include: Speciation of heavy metals in soils and remediation (sorption) of the metals in wastewaters and soils by composting; Evaluation of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic organic micropollutants(PBTs) i.e PAHs, PCBs, PBDE,OC in food, soils and water; Monitoring of Atmospheric nutrient deposition and speciation of nutrients in some water bodies; Bioaccessibility and bioavailability (risk assessment) of potentially toxic metals and persistent, toxic organic micro pollutants in soils and plants grown on contaminated soils using the gut/intestinal digestion.
Professor Olayinka has supervised about 150 undergraduate students, about 160 Master’s students and eleven Ph.D students with specialization in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Lagos. Professor Olayinka has to her credit over 70 publications in International journals, about 15 Technical reports, scores of papers in book of Proceedings of conferences, chapters in books, several papers presented at workshops and scientific meetings and lead consultant of several consultancy reports.
She is a member of several Professional Bodies including the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, Chemical Society of Nigeria, American Chemical Society, Fellow, Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria.
Prof Olayinka is the Chairman/Director of the Central Research Laboratory at the University of Lagos (2013-Date). She acts as the Team Leader on several Consultancy Projects for University of Lagos Consult and is part of the Expert Team on Equatorial Africa Deposition Network, (EADN) a network of twelve African countries working on nutrient deposition in Equatorial Africa. She is a Consultant on a US Chemical Security Program on Chemical Security and Safety in Nigeria.
Prof Olayinka has won several awards and grants for her research from several organizations including the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, Central Research Committee of the University of Lagos, Lagos State Research & Development Council (LRDC) and Tertiary Education TrustFund (TETFUND).
Professor Olayinka is a reviewer of several International and Local Journals and has been External Examiner to many Universities in Nigeria including University of Ibadan, Lagos State University Ojo, Lagos, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Bowen University and Mountain Top University Ibafo, Ogun State.
She is happily married with children.