The Department of Industrial Chemistry, Ebonyi State University is among the pioneer departments of the then Faculty of Applied and Natural Sciences (FANS) established in 1998 which split into two Faculties namely; Faculty of Physical Sciences and Faculty of Biological Sciences in 2008. The Department is now under the Faculty of Physical Sciences.
The Department was established to contribute meaningfully to the industrial development and socio-economic growth of Ebonyi State in particular and Nigeria at large in the areas of chemical technology, solid mineral processing and environmental safety. This is informed by the geo-chemical resources potential of the State. Besides, the Department has the mandate of producing graduates in Industrial Chemistry as well
as provides service courses for other cognate departments in the Faculties of Health, Medical, Agricultural, Physical, Biological and Educational Sciences. The Department started as a teaching/research institution. Through these past years, the department has produced over 480 students with B.Sc. (Industrial Chemistry) with two first class and many second class upper honours. Most of these graduates have found gainful employment in different sectors of the country’s economy and many of them are either engaged or have completed postgraduate programmes.
Some of the academic, technical and administrative staff has been engaged in one form of staff development programme or the other. Several research publications, manuals, books and other technical reports have been produced in the department over these years.
The Department of Industrial Chemistry is committed to achieving the following objectives:
1. UTME CANDIDATES: A minimum of five credits in not more than two sittings in SSCE/GCE O/L which must include Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, English language and Biology is required.
2. DIRECT ENTRY CANDIDATES:
a. A good NCE or OND with at least 2.5 CGPA. Advance level passes in Chemistry and Mathematics or Statistics or Physics.
b. HND with CGPA of not less than 2.5 can be admitted into 300 levels.
In (a) and (b), candidates must have credit passes at SSCE/GCE O/L in Chemistry, Physics and Biology in not more than two sittings in addition to credit passes in English Language and Mathematics.
3. UTME/JAMB SUBJECTS:
The required subjects a candidate must write in UTME or JAMB in order to be admitted into Industrial Chemistry program of Ebonyi State University are: Chemistry, Mathematics, English Language, Physics or Biology
A graduate of industrial chemistry department can be gainfully employed in any of the following employment opportunities anywhere in the world. They include;
a. Quality control/sample analysis and evaluation laboratories
b. Fresh and waste water effluent analysis and evaluation
c. Analysis of industrial samples: minerals, drugs, foods, drinks, ceramics, paints, perfumery, petroleum products, petrochemicals, fertilizer, cement, soil analysis etc.
d. Solid mineral beneficiation and determination.
e. Environmental impact assessment and monitoring
f. Consultancy services on industrial, agricultural and biomass waste recycling into bio-fuels
g. Training workshops on entrepreneurial skills acquisition in:
- Small scale commercial production of cosmetics, perfumes, powders, creams, pomades, shampoos, detergents, shoe polish, dyes, candles, etc.
- Home based water treatment techniques for potable water requirements.
There is no aspect of life endeavors a chemist is not relevant, for everything including live sustainability, pharmacy, energy, security, transport, food and industrial raw materials revolves around the ingenuity of the chemist.