At just 29, Nigerian lady bags a PhD in nuclear physics

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At just 29, Nigerian lady bags a PhD in nuclear physics

Opeyemi Odutemowo has earned her PhD in nuclear physics from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. As well as wanting to investigate the effects of fission product bombardment on glassy carbon, Opeyemi’s ultimate goal is to ensure that every African home has stable electricity.

Opeyemi started her journey with a BSc in Applied physics (Geophysics) at the University of Lagos before enrolling at the University of Pretoria.

Her thesis also studied the diffusion behavior of nuclear fission products in glassy carbon after heat treatment using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). This study offers a promising solution to the problem of nuclear waste management especially for long term storage applications.

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