Dr. Peter Ngene wins NLNG’s $100,000 Science Prize
On the 19th of October 2018, Nigerian in Diaspora Europe-The Netherlands (NIDOE-NL) General Secretary and a Scientist Dr. Peter Negene receives the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas award ”NLNG” $100,000 Science Prize, making it the second competitive award Dr. Ngene has received in less than one year, as he is also a recipient Next Einstein Forum ”NEF” Fellows 2017-2019, Africa’s most outstanding and promising young scientists by African Union Chairman, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
The $100, 000 NLNG Prize for Science for Dr.Ngene evolutionary work in “Nanostructured metal hydrides for the storage of electric power from renewable energy sources and for explosion prevention in high voltage power transformers.”
Chairman of the advisory board and a science prize laureate, Prof. Akpoveta Susu, said Ngene’s work is a new type of energy storage with implications on renewable energy development. The work also contributes to surmounting challenges in Nigeria around power transformers explosions due to degradation of insulators in the transformers.
Dr. Ngene is an assistant professor in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He is the recipient of the prestigious KNCV (The Royal Dutch Chemical Association) Van Arkel best Ph.D. thesis (2012/2013) award and the chair of the 2013 Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Metal-Hydrogen system in Italy.
The decision on the winning entry of The Nigeria Prize for Science was reached by a panel of judges, led by Professor Francis Oluwole, a professor of Physics. Other members of the panel are Professor Onyemaechi Ekechukwu and Professor Abubakar Sani Sambo.