Engr. Mark Udochukwu

MarkEngr. Mark Udochukwu
Lecturer I

Office: Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering,
School of Engineering and Engineering Technology Complex,
Federal University of Technology, P.M.1526, Owerri, Nigeria.

E-mail: umark@futo.edu.ng and  udochukwumark@gmail.com
Phone: +234 806 255 8759

Biography

The consumption of aluminium in Nigeria is very high and an Aluminium Smelter has already been established at Ikot-Abasi, Akwa Ibom State. But the country has no proven deposit of bauxite, the major resource for alumina and hence aluminium extraction. There is need therefore to develop alternative aluminium bearing raw materials and produce alumina from them. The aluminosilicate minerals, particularly clays, are abundant in the country; and if processed can become a viable replacement for bauxite alumina. One of the current researchers focuses on the chemical/extractive metallurgy of aluminium using aluminosilicate raw materials. Other related areas of interest are refractories production; corrosion & protection of materials, mechanical characterization of materials, and metal casting,
Another major area of current concern is renewal and alternative energy. Even with her abundance of fossil fuels, the energy crisis in Nigeria is yet to be surmounted. The country is situated just 10 degrees North of the equator and receives one of the highest insolation years round. There is, therefore, need to urgently pursue alternative energy technologies such as solar power which pose no environmental challenges. Photovoltaic cells and devices are capable of producing the voltage when illuminated by light or electromagnetic radiation. They make possible the production of a potential difference across the junction of unlike materials or in a nonhomogeneous semiconductor material by the absorption of visible light or other electromagnetic radiation. The wavelength of the illuminating radiation and the band gap of the semiconductor material in the photovoltaic device are instrumental to this phenomenon. Composites of conducting polymer and semiconductors can be used as less costly. This calls for research in renewable and alternative energy technology; electrical, photonic & magnetic materials; and nanomaterials.
Engr. U. Mark has had industrial experience in welding and fabrication, maintenance and fitting, foundry practice and ceramics production at Nigerian Ports Authority Dockyard and Projects Development Institute (PRODA).

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Academic and Professional Qualification

  • B.Eng., 2002, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • M.Eng., 2007, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • PhD (In View)

Honours

  • Abia State Government Scholarship, tenable at Government College Umuahia (1994/1995)
  • Leader, Abia State Four-Man Quiz Team to National  Competition for Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) Club, Katsina1994
  • Leader, Abia State  Three-Man Contingents to UNICEF/NERDC National  Quiz and Essay Competition, UNILAG 199494
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Nominee to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-Sponsored Course On  Heat Treatment and
  • Surface Finishing Technology for Improving Metal Property [August 25th – December 6th, 2008]
  • Recipient, PhD Fellowship, Federal University of Technology, Owerri  [2013 – 2016]

Research archive

  • Extraction Metallurgy of Aluminium from Aluminosilicate Raw Materials
  • Alternative Energy Materials and Devices (Photovoltaics, Fuel Cells, Li-Ion Batteries and Supercapacitors)
  • Electrical Insulators/Dielectrics
  • Nanomaterials, Smart Materials and Display Technology Materials
  • Electrical, Optical/Photonic and Magnetic Materials and Devices
  • Metallurgical Refractories and Furnaces
  • Processing and Properties of Aluminium Casting Alloys

Teaching Area/Responsibilities

Materials Science and Engineering, particularly:

  • Engineering Materials,
  • Engineering Workshop Practice and Manufacturing Technology,
  • Physical Properties of Materials,
  • Physical Metallurgy,
  • Fuels, Furnaces and Refractories Technology,
  • Nanoscale Materials,
  • Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Materials & Devices,
  • Ironmaking and Steelmaking Technology,
  • Nonferrous Metallurgy,
  • Metallurgical Plant Design and Materials Selection,
  • Foundry Technology

Working Experience

  • Lecturer I, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Since  2013
  • Lecturer II, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 2010 – 2013
  • Assistant Lecturer, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 2008 – 2010
  • Assistant Lecturer, Welding/Fabrication and Mechanical Technology (MPTI, Onna), 2005 – 2006

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
  • Registered Engineer by COREN
  • Member, Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS)
  • Member, Materials Society of Nigeria (MSN)
  • Member, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member, Materials, Metallurgical and Mining Division (MMMD)
  • Student Member, ASTM International

Publications

Igwemezie, V.C., Ugwuegbu, C.C. and Mark, U. “Physical Metallurgy of Modern Creep-Resistant Steel for Steam Power Plants: Microstructure and Phase Transformations”. Journal of Metallurgy, Volume 2016, Article ID 5468292, 19 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5468292


Onuoha, C., Ovri, J.E.O. and Mark, U. “Characterization of Ibere Clay for the production of Electrical Porcelain Pin Insulators” International Research Journal in Engineering Science and Technology, 11(1), 2014, pp.47–55. Also available online @:  http://www.irejest.org/journals   [ISSN: 1597-5258]


Chukwudi, B.C., Mbah, C.N. and Mark, U. “Wollastonite Phase Identification and Its Role in Ceramic Tiles” International Research Journal in Engineering Science and Technology, 9(2), 2012, pp. 70 – 75. Also available online @:  http://www.irejest.org/journals  [ISSN: 1597-5258]


Mark, U., Onyemaobi, O.O., Nwobodo, C.S. and Uche, R.  “Evaluation of some Refractory Characteristics of Ohiya and Uzuakoli Clay Deposits in Abia State, Nigeria” International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences], 7(3), 2011, pp. 238 – 248. Also available online @: http://www.ajol.info/journals/ijonas [ISSN: 0794 – 4713]


Mark, U. “Characterization of Ibere and Oboro Clay Deposits in Abia State, Nigeria for Refractory Applications” International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 6(3), 2010, pp. 296 – 305. Also available online @: http://www.ajol.info/journals/ijonas [ISSN: 0794 – 4713]


Mark, U. and Onyemaobi, O.O.  “Assessment of the Industrial Potentials of Some Nigerian Kaolinitic Clay Deposits” International Research Journal in Science, Engineering and Technology, 6(1), 2009, pp. 77 – 84. Also available online @:  http://www.irejest.org/journals [ISSN: 1597-5258]


Nwoye, C. I., Okechukwu, C., Mark, U., Abiodun, S., and Mbuka, I.E. “Design and fabrication of electric potter’s wheel using 2-horsepower motor”. Global Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 10(1), 2009, pp.100 – 110   [ISSN: 1595 – 7578]


Nwoye, C. I., Eziuzo, C., Mark, U., and Mbuka, I.E. “Design and fabrication of thermoforming machine for the production of disposable thermoplastic trays”. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 1(1), 2009, pp.73 – 77. [e-ISSN: 2444 – 0444]


C. I. Nwoye, G. C. Obasi, U. Mark, S. Inyama, and C. C. Nwakwuo: “Model for Calculating the Concentration of Leached Iron Relative to the Final Solution Temperature during Sulphuric Acid Leaching of Iron Oxide Ore”, New York Science Journal, 2(3), 2009, pp 49– 54. Also available online @: www.sciencepub.net/newyork. [ISSN 1554-0200]


Nwoye, C.I., Agu, P.C., Mark, U., Ikele, U.S., Mbuka, I.E. and Anyakwo, C.N. “Model for predicting phosphorus removal in relation to the weight of iron oxide ore and pH during leaching with oxalic acid”. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 4(3): 292 – 298, 2008. Also available online @: http://www.ajol.info/journals/ijonas [ISSN: 0794– 4713] http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ijonas.v4i3.49862


Nwoye, C.I., Ikele, U.S., Mark, U., Agu, P.C., Mbuka, I.E., Obasi, G.C., Obi, M.C. and Anyakwo, C.N. “Model for predicting the time of dissolution of pre-quantified concentration of phosphorus during leaching of iron oxide ore in oxalic acid”. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 4(3): 353 – 357, 2008. Also available online @: http://www.ajol.info/journals/ijonas[ISSN:[0794–4713]. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ijonas.v4i3.49875


Nwoye, C.I., Agu, P.C., Nwoye, U.C., Ikele, U.S., Mark, U., and Mbuka, I.E. “Model for predicting quantity of water evaporation during oven drying of Otamiri clay”, International Journal of Tropical Agriculture and Food Systems, 2(3 & 4), 2008: pp. 211–214. Also available online @: http://www.ajol.info/journals/ijotafs[ISSN:1597–913X]. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ijotafs.v2i3-4.49992

SELECTED SUPERVISED PROJECTS

  • Effect of Table Salt (NaCl) Addition on the Structural Modification, Degassing and Mechanical Properties of Al Casting Alloys
  • Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Alumina From Nsu Clay Using H2SO4 Acid Leaching Process: A Preliminary Study
  • Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Alumina from Nsu Clay Using HCl Acid Leaching Process: A Preliminary Study
  • Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Alumina from Nsu Clay Using NaOH Leaching Process: A Preliminary Study
  • Effect of Coconut Husk Fibre Addition on the Mechanical Properties of High-Density Polyethylene
  • Effect of Corn Cob Particles Addition on the Mechanical Properties of High-Density Polyethylene
  • Design and Fabrication of A 20-kg Capacity Saw Dust Stove.
  • Effect of Filler Loading on the Properties of HDPE Filled with Cow Bone Powder
  • The Effect of Carica Papaya Leaf Extracts on the Corrosion Inhibition of Mild Steel in Acidic (HCl) Medium.
  • Effect of Filler Loading on the Properties of PP and LDPE Filled with Periwinkle Shell Powder.
  • The Inhibitive Effect of Irvingia Gabonensis (Leaf) Extract on the Corrosion of Mild Steel in Acidic and Alkaline Media
  • Production and Characterization of Silicon Carbide from Rice Husks Using Pyro-chemical Treatments.’
  • Production and Characterization of Clay-Filled Polypropylene Composites
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