Darlington C. Abanulo, a Nigerian national, was born in the West-African country of Ivorycoast. He received his B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences Summa Cum Laude from Elms College (’06) and his M.S. in Polymer Science at the University of Connecticut, where he is presently pursuing a Ph.D in Nanomaterials science. Currently in his fifth year working in the NanoOptelectronics Laboratory (NOEL) of Prof. Fotios Papadimitrakopoulos, Darlington’s research expertise spans a broad range of topics on the nanotechnology/nanoscience spectrum. They include but are not limited to: (i) Supramolecular self-assembly onto Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs), (ii) Study of optical properties and photophysics of carbon-based nanostructures and polymeric systems , (iii) Device Integration of SWNTs in Optical Biosensors, Thin Film Transistors (NT-TFTs).
He is the recipient of many accolades, notably the 2006 American Chemical Society Senior Award, sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Section of the ACS. Darlington has also been invited to give a number of lectures, and talks at regional and international meetings on topics revolving around his research.
In the future, Darlington plans to initiate, develop and implement new pathways of international development with strong emphasis on innovation -specifically for his home continent of Africa- from both ends: scientific research and policy. You can also find him on twitter @nanoAFRICA.
In his spare time, Darlington, is an avid amateur of photography , is fascinated by the “logia” of theological writings from St Augustine to GK Chesterton to name a few, loves to play and watches soccer when time permits (fan of Manchester City). You may find in his writings subtle allusions to these three characteristic hobbies.