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Mr. Abera Demeke Ambaye | Electrochemistry | Young Scientist Award

Mr. Abera Demeke Ambaye, Bio and Emerging Technology Institute, Ethiopia


Abera Demeke Ambaye is an Ethiopian researcher specializing in nanostructured-based materials for environmental and energy applications. With a robust educational background and significant professional experience, he has made notable contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry, environmental monitoring, and sensor technology. His work is highly regarded in the scientific community, reflecting his commitment to advancing knowledge and technology in these areas.


ORCID Profile


Abera’s educational journey is marked by academic excellence and specialization in chemistry and nanotechnology:

  • PhD Candidate (thesis submitted) at the Institute for Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa.
  • Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry (2014-2016) from Addis Ababa University.
  • BSc Degree in Chemistry (2009-2012) from Hawassa University.

These qualifications have provided him with a solid foundation for his research endeavors.

Research Focus

Abera’s research focuses on the development and application of nanostructured-based materials for environmental and energy applications. His work includes sensor technology for healthcare and environmental monitoring, with a particular emphasis on electrochemical sensing and the degradation of pollutants. His innovative approach aims to address critical challenges in environmental science and technology.

Professional Journey

Abera’s professional journey began as a Radiation Protection Safety Officer at the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority (2012-2016). He then transitioned to the Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, where he has been serving as an Associate Researcher I and Team Leader of the Environment and Energy Materials Research Team since 2017. His career progression reflects his growing expertise and leadership in the field.

Honors & Awards

Abera has received several honors and awards in recognition of his contributions to scientific research:

  • Recognition certificate for publishing research outputs in scientific journals from Bio and Emerging Technology Institute (BETin), February 5, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Full-scholarship award for the 2nd edition of e-SPARK summer school on electrochemical experiments, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Warsaw, Poland, September 2022.
  • 2nd best student participation award at The East African-Microscopy Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2021.
  • Full-scholarship award from the Joint Undertaking for an African Materials Institute (JUAMI), Kampala, Uganda, December 2018.

These accolades highlight his dedication and impact in the field of nanotechnology and environmental science.

Publications Noted & Contributions

Abera has published numerous research articles in esteemed journals, contributing significantly to the fields of nanotechnology and electrochemistry. Some notable publications include:

Title: A novel exfoliated graphite-based device for passive sampling and detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in air
Journal: Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management
Date: December 2023
DOI: 10.1016/j.enmm.2023.100888
Contributors: A. Sacko, A.D. Ambaye, H. Nyoni, B.B. Mamba, T.A.M. Msagati

Title: Enhanced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye using eco-friendly synthesized rGO@ZnO nanocomposites
Journal: Scientific Reports
Date: December 14, 2023
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-48826-7
Contributors: Asfaw Negash, Said Mohammed, Hulugirgesh Degefu Weldekirstos, Abera D. Ambaye, Minbale Gashu

Title: Fe-MOF derived graphitic carbon nitride nanocomposites as novel electrode materials for the electrochemical sensing of 2,4-dichlorophenol in wastewater
Journal: Synthetic Metals
Date: November 2023
DOI: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2023.117452
Contributors: Abera Demeke Ambaye, Temesgen Girma Kebede, Bulelwa Ntsendwana, Edward Ndumiso Nxumalo

Title: The challenges of micropollutants and their environmental detection through biochar-based nanostructured electrochemical sensors: a review
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
Date: October 2023
DOI: 10.1007/s13762-023-04896-8
Contributors: A. D. Ambaye, J. Fito, E. Nxumalo, T. T. I. Nkambule

Title: Adsorption of chromium from electroplating wastewater using activated carbon developed from water hyacinth
Journal: BMC Chemistry
Date: July 24, 2023
DOI: 10.1186/s13065-023-00993-4
Contributors: Zemene Worku, Samuel Tibebu, Jemal Fito Nure, Solomon Tibebu, Welldone Moyo, Abera Demeke Ambaye, Thabo T. I. Nkambule

Research Timeline

Abera’s research timeline showcases his continuous growth and contributions to the field of nanotechnology and environmental science. Starting with his undergraduate studies in chemistry, followed by his master’s degree in analytical chemistry, he has consistently pursued research excellence. His PhD candidacy and numerous publications mark significant milestones in his journey, demonstrating his commitment to advancing knowledge and technology.

Abera Demeke Ambaye | Electrochemistry | Young Scientist Award

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