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Prof Peter Apata Olubambi

Prof Peter Apata Olubambi
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Department of Chemical Engineering Technology
Head of School: Mining, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering

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4140, John Orr Building
+27 (0) 11 559 6817



Prof Peter Olubambi obtained B.Eng (Hons) and M.Eng degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria in 1998 and 2002 respectively, and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. His current research activities are focused on three key interrelated fields of advanced materials namely “Nanoengineered metallic alloys and composites”, “Nanomechanics” and “Tribocorrosion”. He is involved in the utilization of innovative powder metallurgical techniques for developing high strength, high-temperature and tribocorrosion resistance sub-micron and nano-structured advanced metallic alloys and metal-ceramics composites for the extreme environments in the aerospace, mining, chemical and allied industries as well as for biomedical applications. He is a vibrant scholar with excellent leadership skills and his active involvement in service to various science and engineering communities is remarkable. He is an NRF-rated established researcher and a professor in the field of materials engineering. He has graduated 17 masters and 8 doctoral students, and mentored 4 postdoctoral research fellows, of which 14 currently have academic positions (as lecturers and senior lecturers) within and outside South Africa. He is currently supervising 16 doctoral and 28 masters’ students and mentoring 5 postdoctoral research fellows. He has published about 90 articles in reputable international journals and many conference proceedings.



BEng/MEng (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)

PhD (Metallurgical Engineering


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Research Interests

Powder Metallurgy; Tribocorrosion; Nanomechanics