Dr Maje Haruna is a highly accomplished scientist with deep expertise in Nanotechnology and Energy Engineering. He holds a first-class bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bayero University Kano, an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, and a PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the same prestigious institution. Dr Maje’s commitment to personal development is evident through his numerous professional development certificates from esteemed institutions such as the University of Oxford in the UK, the Project Management Institute in the USA, the International Business Management Institute in Berlin, Germany, and the Chartered Institute of Environmental and Health in the UK, among others. He is also a member of internationally recognized scientific organizations, including the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society, Australasian Colloid and Interface Science, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Energy Institute, and Chemical Society of Nigeria.
Dr Maje’s academic excellence has been recognized with various scholarships and awards. As an undergraduate, he received recognition for being the best student at levels 2, 3, and 4, and was honoured with the Michael Collins prize for being the best-graduating student. He was also awarded a prestigious overseas MSc scholarship from the Jigawa State Government in recognition of his emerging talents. Subsequently, Dr Maje was awarded fully funded overseas PhD scholarships by the Petroleum Technology Development Funds (PTDF) and the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia. He was also awarded the University of Leeds International Scholarship for first-class students in 2015. In 2017, he won the Newton Fund grant from the British Council as part of an exchange study program between the UK and China, showcasing his active involvement in cutting-edge nano-engineering research and promoting knowledge exchange and innovation between the two partner countries. Dr Maje’s exceptional achievements were further acknowledged with the University of Leeds Teaching Awards for best postgraduate students who teach and demonstrate, as well as a Global Talent endorsement from the Royal Academy of Engineering UK as a potential future leader in Nanotechnology. He has also received several presentation awards, including one at an international conference on Nanotek and Expo in San Antonio, Texas, in the United States. Notably, during his PhD, Dr Maje developed novel in-situ produced nanomaterials for oil and gas subsurface applications, which attracted an industrial-funded consultancy worth £150,000.
In addition to his academic achievements, Dr Maje has held various academic and industrial positions. He currently works as a Research and Development Scientist at Pyroguard UK Ltd, the world’s leading independent provider of fire safety glass. He has also worked as a Research Fellow with the University of Leeds under the European Research Council consolidated grants. In addition, Dr Maje has been a dedicated lecturer at Federal University Dutse and a visiting scientist at Beihang University in Beijing, China. Furthermore, he has served as an industrial consultant for Cairn Oil & Gas Vertical Vedanta Limited in India.
Dr Maje is a prolific author with over 20 research papers and book chapters published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. He is also highly regarded as a reviewer for reputable international journals and has overseen the progress of numerous MSc and PhD research projects.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr Maje is a proactive ambassador of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and is deeply committed to inspiring and motivating younger generations to pursue careers in STEM. Furthermore, as the Amir of the Nigerian Muslim Forum UK-West Yorkshire Chapter, he actively volunteers and is passionate about helping others. In his leisure time, Dr Maje indulges in his hobbies, including horse riding, playing football with friends, and travelling the world (having visited six continents and one more to go), always eager to learn and explore new horizons.