The University of Lagos says it successfully patented 11 inventions in the last 18 months, with three of them being prototyped.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
Ogundipe spoke about the developmental strides in the university especially in the area of research, and the successes recorded by his administration of two years.
NAN reports that Ogundipe who was sworn in as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university in 2017 and recently celebrated two years in office on Nov. 12th.
The vice-chancellor told NAN that the administration had attracted research grants of over N7 billion.
According to the professor of botany, the institution’s Innovation Unit recently received patent certificates for six inventions submitted for patenting in February.
He said that the inventions included a Unique Improved Selected Fishing Traps by scholars of the Department of Marine Science of the university, with two others from the Nigeria Institute Of Oceanography and Marine Research.
The patent application number for the innovation is NG/P/2019/00098
The don further listed the other inventions to include Solar Power Neonate Phototherapy Device Station by scholars of the Departments of Physics and Paediatrics, College of Medicine of the university, with patent application number NG/P/2019/000099.
An Epoxy Particulate Hybrid Nanocomposite for Automobile Bumper Application, with patent application number NG/P/2019/000100 by scholars of the Dept of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is one of the inventions.
Also, Road Vehicle Black Box Security Surveillance System, with patent application number 000101 also by scholars of the Department t of Physics of the university, is among the inventions.
Equally patented is a Thick Dual-Slot Antenna for Microwave Ablation of Breast Tumour, by scholars in the College of Medicine of the institution. It has a patent application number NG/P/2919/000103 among.
“Our programmes for research grants are some of those things that we are very excited about.
“University is about research grants and Unilag is about research. We are research-oriented; therefore, we are positive that what we are working on now will definitely have an impact on the system, and the nation will benefit from it.
“We just had a formal presentation of the Fourth Research Grants/Award of the Professor Ayo Ogunye Chair in Chemical Engineering put together by the Professor Ayo Francis Ogunye Trust Foundation of the University of Lagos.
“It is intended to support PhD students of the institution to carry out research work as well as make it easy for the research work to be well-funded.
“The university is elated at the development because the foundation has done this, four times, with our PhD students winning it thrice.
“We have listed some of our efforts in research already, one of it, the Dolar Power Neinate Phototherapy Device Station, and other innovative ideas are even going to be exhibited at the Lagos State Innovation programme coming up on Dec. 5.
“We are indeed happy,” Ogundipe said.
According to him, the outgoing year has been wonderful for the university in the area of research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“What we also want to say is that we still have a lot of grounds to break as far as research is concerned in the university.