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Meet Omowunmi Sadik, Inventor Of Biosensors That Detect Bombs

Photo credit: Guardian Nigeria
Photo credit: Guardian Nigeria


Meet Omowunmi Sadik, the inventor of microelectrode biosensors capable of detecting foreign materials and detecting drugs or explosives.

The patent request was filed on December 7, 2006, according to patent number 20060275786A1. Sadik also holds patents for other types of biosensors.

Diagram of biosensors…photo credit: Binghamton University


Sadik works as a surface chemist, inventor, and college professor. In 1964, she was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Lagos in 1985. In 1987, she also earned a Master’s degree in chemistry. She received her PhD from Wollongong University in Australia in 1994.

Sadik has received fellowships from organizations such as the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the National Research Council, to name a few.


Diagram of nano-particle and intra-cross linking…photo credit: Binghamton University


She also works with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and UNESCO in Romania, Turkey, and Japan, and was previously a member of the National Institution of Health’s Instrumentation and Systems Development Panel.

Sadik and Barbara Karn founded the non-profit Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization in 2012.

Sadik is a professor at Binghamton University in Upstate New York, where he is developing technology to recycle metal ions from waste for industrial and environmental applications.

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