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Olayinka Taiwo Asekun

Country of origin: Nigeria Currently in: Nigeria, Akoka Yaba Lagos General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Academic Background


2001 Doctorate Chemical Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Chemical Sciences

1. Isolation of biologically active phytochemicals from Nigerian plants. 2. Essential oils research. 3. Organic synthesis of biomolecules.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Cao, X. H., Pan, X., Zhou, P. J., Zou, J. P., & Asekun, O. T. (2014). Manganese (iii)-mediated direct C sp2–H radical trifluoromethylation of coumarins with sodium trifluoromethanesulfinate. Chemical Communications, 50(25), 3359-3362.
2. Chen, S. Y., Zeng, R. S., Zou, J. P., & Asekun, O. T. (2014). Copper-Catalyzed Coupling Reaction of Arylhydrazines and Trialkylphosphites. The Journal of organic chemistry, 79(3), 1449-1453.
3. Asekun OT, Asekunowo AK, Salako OS, (2016) Phytochemical Investigations and Wound Healing Potentials of Ethanolic extract of the Leaves of Jatropha curcas (Euphorbiaceae) Plant . Journal of Basic Medical Sciences.3(6) 26-30.
4. Njoku Isaac S., Asekun Olayinka T. & Familoni Oluwole I.. (2017). The Effect of Drying Methods on the Chemical Composition of the Essential Oil of Caesalpinia Pulcherrima Growing in Lagos, Nigeria Covenant Journal of Physical and Life Sciences, 4(2) 28-34.
5. Njoku, I. O., Asekun, O. T., & Familoni, O. B. (2017). Effects of Different Drying Methods on the Chemical Composition of the Essential Oils of Ocimum gratissimum L. Leaves. Nig. J. Pure & Appl. Sci, 30, 3109-3115.
6. Afolayan, M., Srivedavyasasri, R., Asekun, O. T., Familoni, O. B., Orishadipe, A., Zulfiqar, F., Mohamed A. Ibrahim, and Ross, S. A. (2018). Phytochemical study of Piliostigma thonningii, a medicinal plant grown in Nigeria. Medicinal Chemistry Research, 27(10), 2325-2330.
7. Njoku I. S, Asekun O. T., Familoni O. B., Abiodun E. (2019) Effect of post-harvest drying methods on the chemical composition and yield of the essential oil of Secamone afzelii grown in Badagry, Lagos State, Nigeria. Journal of Chemical Society of Nigeria. 44 (1) 9-17.
8. Michael Afolayan, Radhakrishnan Srivedavyasasri, Olayinka T. Asekun, Oluwole B.
Familoni & Samir A. Ross (2019) Chemical and biological studies on Bridelia ferruginea
grown in Nigeria, Natural Product Research, 33:2, 287-291, DOI:
9. Ajiboye, A. T., Asekun, O. T., Familoni, O. B., Ali, Z., Wang, Y. H., Ghanadian, M., ... & Khan, I. A. (2019). Phytochemicals isolated from the root bark of Sarcocephalus latifolius (Sm.) EA Bruce. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 86, 103909
10. Asekun O. T., Grierson D. S. And Afolayan A. J. (2007) Effects of Drying Methods on the Quality and Quantity of the Essential Oil of Mentha longifolia L. Subsp. Capensis. Food Chemistry. 101, 995-998

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Research on Nigerian medicinal plants to isolate and synthesise phytochemicals and test their bioactivities.

Workshop and Conference Attended

August 2019 National Open University Abuja Nigeria 3rd International Conference of Society for Medicinal Plants and Economic Development (SOMPED) Conference
August 2017 Colonades Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria Training on Certification Scheme Development for IPAN SOTLAN a National Quality Infrastructure Project Funded by the European Union and implemented by UNIDO
2017 Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria Material Control and Accountability, 5-day Workshop course on chemical inventory management systems and the CMS© Software. Organised by the Department of State (DOS) Chemical Security Program (CSP) and Sandia National Laboratories International Biological


Chemical Society of Nigeria
Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria
Institute of Security of Nigeria
Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria
Society for Medicinal Plants and Economic Development
Society of Medicinal Plant Research
Royal Society of Chemists

Presentation given

“Quality Leadership – How to Structure your Approach and Maintain Quality Leadership”.
Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria Conference Hall, Herbert Macaulay Way, Lagos Nigeria
Event: Keynote Speech for the Women Chemists - Lagos Chapter During her IUPAC 100 Global Women Breakfast Meeting

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