I consider it a great honour and privilege to welcome you to the website of the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD), a Centre of Excellence under the umbrella of National Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), saddled with the responsibility to conduct research activities in the areas of Nuclear Technology, Material Science and Synthesis in relation to Energy application and preparation as well as distribution of Radioisotopes for use in Medicine, Agriculture, Metallurgy Engineering etc with a view to contributing her quota to the quest to launch Nigeria unto the path to technological growth and socio-economic development.
Prior to their gradual return from training/further studies, the Federal Government had placed order for immediate acquisition and in some rare cases, the manufacturing of a list of highly versatile research activities such as 9FN Tandem Accelerator, Gamma Specs, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, X-Ray Flourencence, among others. The various laboratories housing these equipment have continued to be developed, with few acquisitions namely Instrom-machine, Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometer, X-Ray Diffractometer, Ion Beam Analysis and 1.7MV Tandem Accelerator recently added.
The Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) has indeed come a long way having being mid-wifed by the Muritala-Obasanjo Military Government through the promulgation of Decree 32 of 1976. The CERD was to serve as arrow-head of the government policy on technology acquisition and transfer from the developed nations of Europe and America to Nigeria. As a requisite step therefore, a crop of brilliant young graduates, imbued with inquisitive, independent and analytical minds were gathered from disciplines such as Engineering Physics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Geology, and Chemistry as pioneer Research Fellows and offered full sponsorship up to doctoral degree level abroad between 1976 and 1982.
Contribution to National Development
(i)Analytical Perspectives. The existing laboratories of the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) play significant roles in the analysis of samples in various states, i.e liquid, solid or metal. Numerous researchers from the six (6) geo-political zones of the country visit the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) daily for samples analyses. From 1996 when a team of the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD)Researchers executed a research project for SHELL(SPDC), many private oil companies had contracted the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) for one service or the other.
The Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) has contributed in no small measure to various sectors of the Nigeria economy. It will suffice to name a few:
(ii)Materials and Electronics. Research Fellows of the division of Materials and Electronics had effectively used to its advantage the MoU signed with iThemba Laboratory in South Africa to update their knowledge in Materials development and characterization. Nanotechnology, which is the current trend in new advanced materials design, processing and applications has been fully embraced and it’s currently being applied to our local materials, especially polymeric materials.
The CERD research team on Solar Energy Application collaborated with JOMAS (Lagos) for the construction of solar cooker. This resulted in the manufacturing of solar Thermal Cookers with resultant economic benefit to the collaborators.
The Division is stocked with a wide range of characterization equipment such as XRF, X-ray Diffractometer, Differtential Thermal Analyser, UV-Visible, High Temprature Furnace etc.
(iii)Capacity Building.The Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) boasts of an assembly of about twenty-two (22) scholars, over 80% of who are doctoral degree holders who engage in teaching as well as other scholarly activities such as supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate theses in several institutions of higher learning across Nigeria. With a sense of humility, it deserves noting that a Research Professor of the CERD had served as Special Adviser to the President of the Nation while many others practice their callings as Director-General, Director and Head of several public and private Institutions/Agencies.
Moreover, the CERD has existing Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with iThemba Laboratory, South Africa and Hope College, Michigan State, United State of America.
Aspiration of the CERD
In the next 5 years, the CERD hopes to deploy its expertise in the mastery of the newly acquired 1.7MV Tandem Accelerator application techniques such as Ion Beam Analysis, PIXE, PIGE, etc in the areas of agriculture, health, solid mineral processing, pharmaceutical, automobile and energy.
Our energy will also be directed to the development of new advanced polymeric materials for applications in various areas enumerated above.
Some of our recent achievements
Our Five-Year Mission
Strategic Approach for the Millennium