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Barnabas Achakpa Ikyo is the Director of the Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria. In 2014, he was appointed Project Manager of the Africa Centre of Excellence project won and hosted at CEFTER. He became an Associate professor in 2018. He holds a PhD from the University of Surrey, UK. He will be supporting the work/mission of the NRI/University of Greenwich to expand research excellence.

His research focus is in photonics and its applications in characterization of photonics devices used in environmental sensing, medical diagnostics and quantum electronics. His current work is on the efficiency of photovoltaic energy systems and mapping for solar installation in North Central Nigeria. In 2012, he was a research fellow on a £1Million Technology Strategy Board grant working on a food and water safety project at the Advanced Technology Institute University of Surrey and DelAgua Ltd. UK to develop a test kit to detect E.coli in water and food stuff. Previous collaborations include optimization of devices for the Naval Research Lab and the Walter Shoctky Institute, Munich Germany between 2008 and 2011.

In 2014, he joined the World Bank funded Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE-I) project implementation team at the Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University as Project Manager. In 2016, he was appointed the Deputy Director Operation of CEFTER and Deputy Centre Leader ACE-I. The ACE-I project focus was on developing a critical mass of well-trained Africans at Master and doctorate level to have the capacity to address the developmental challenge of controlling postharvest food losses in West and Central Africa. His personal research area in postharvest control is on use of radiation for disinfection and extension of shelf life fruits and yams and on prediction of crop yield using solar activity.  The project has so far trained over 80 PhDs and over 300 Master degrees from Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. He has been a supporting consultant to the Africa Centres of Excellence-II for East and Southern Africa, engaging over 20 Centres to develop their implementation plans. At the round-up ACE-I project in 2018, the CEFTER team won another World Bank grant; ACE-Impact which would take off in the last quarter of 2019. In July 2019, He was appointed the Centre Director and ACE-Impact Centre Leader at CEFTER, BSU. He is charged with the responsibility to manage a team of over 70 Academics and researchers on the project.

  • Chile, C.A., Ihongo, G.D., Ikyo, B.A. Crop Yeild Prediction Using Solar Activity. IOSR Journal of Applied Physics (2018). Vol. 10, Issue 6.
  • Yissah, S.O., Ikyo B.A., Ige T.A Extension of Fresh okra Shelf life by X-ray irradiation., Nigerian Journal of Pure and applied Science, 2016, 8.
  • Ikyo, B.A., Ochai, A.F., Itodo, A. Determination of Efficiency parameters in Tin Halide Perovskite Solar Cells. Nigerian Annals of Pure and Applied Science (2018). Vol.1 pp. 294-299.
  • Ikyo, B.A, Sunday, D. Lyam, M.S., Itodo, A.  Performance Efficiency of Silicon Based Photovoltaic Cell Operating Under Ambient Conditions in Benue State, Nigeria. Nigerian Annals of Pure and Applied Science (2018). Vol.1 pp. 301-307.
  • Ikyo, A. B., Marko, I. P., Hild, K., Adams, A. R., Arafin, S., Amann, M. C., Sweeney, S. J., Temperature stable mid-infrared GaInAsSb/GaSb Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) Nature Scientific Reports (2016) Volume 6, p19595
  • Igbawua  Tertsea,  Ikyo  Barnabas,  Agba  Emmanuel.  Average  Solar  UV  Radiation Dosimetry  in  Central  Nigeria.  International  Journal  of  Environmental  Monitoring and Analysis. Vol. 1, No. 6, 2013, pp. 323-327.
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