Dr. Petrus Nzerem


Senior Lecturer


Petroleum and Gas Engineering.


Block A, Room 306


Dr. Petrus Nzerem is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Polymer and Textile Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, in 2004. Petrus then proceeded for a Master’s degree in Energy and Environment at the University of Leeds upon completing his National Youth Service Programme. In 2013, he obtained a Doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science from the University of Manchester before returning to Nigeria to take up a lectureship position at the Nile University of Nigeria.

Petrus’ research interests include sustainable and renewable energy, waste to energy and chemicals conversion, petroleum economics, drilling fluids.

He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Nigeria Society of Engineers, and also a registered COREN Engineer.

Recent Publications (Articles, Books, Book Chapters/Sections, Proceedings, etc.)

Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Urooj Zafar, Petrus Nzeram, Adrian Langarica-Fuentes, Ashley Houlden, Alan Heyworth,Alberto Saiani, Geoff D. Robson, Biodegradation of polyester polyurethane during commercial composting and analysis of associated fungal communities. Bioresource Technology 158, 374–377, 2014
  •  Edidiong Asuquo, Alastair Martin, Petrus Nzerem, Flor Siperstein, Xiaolei Fan. Adsorption of Cd(II) and Pb(II) ions from aqueous solutions using mesoporous activated carbon adsorbent: Equilibrium, kinetics and characterisation studies. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 5 (1), 679–698, 2017
  •  Edidiong Asuquo, Alastair Martin, Petrus Nzerem. Evaluation of Cd(II) Ion Removal from Aqueous Solution by a Low-Cost Adsorbent Prepared from White Yam (Dioscorea rotundata)Waste Using Batch Sorption. ChemEngineering 2(3), 35, 2018
  •  Oluseun D Oyeleke, Sadiq Thomas, Petrus Nzerem, Gokhan Koyunlu. Design and Construction of a Prototype Wireless Power Transfer Device. I.J. Engineering and Manufacturing, 2, 16-30, 2019
  •  Abdullahi Suleiman Bah Gimba, Shalom Onome Amakhabi, Oghenerume Ogolo, Oluwaseun Alonge, Petrus Nzerem, Ikechukwu Okafor, David Afolayan. Evaluation of the Potential of Calcium Hydroxide Synthesized from Eggshells as a Drilling Fluid Additive. Petroleum and Coal; 62 (1), 1 – 10, 2020.
  •  Ameena A. Gaji, Petrus Nzerem, Oghenerume Ogolo, Ikechukwu Okafor, Ternenge Joseph Chior. A Comparative Analysis of the Well Performance of Vertical, Horizontal and Multilateral Wells. Petroleum and Coal; 62 (1), 27 – 34, 2020.


Conference Papers

  •  S Thomas, U Ozsoy, V Anye, P Nzerem and G Koyunlu. Numerical validation of non-destructive testing on Materials (Non-Destructive Testing 2018 Conference)
  •  Kachalla Ibrahim Ali, Sadiq Thomas, Oluseun Oyeleke, Gokhan Koyunlu, Petrus Nzerem, Suleiman U. Hussein. Tribal Mark Recognition System Using Supervised Learning Algorithm (Conference on Mechatronics automation and Cyberphysical Computer Systems)
  •  Abdulfatah, Hajara Kabeer; Stanley, Okafor Ikechukwu; Nzerem, Petrus; Jakada, Khaleel. Defining the Optimal Development Strategy to Maximize Recovery and Production Rate from an Integrated Offshore Water-Flood Project. (198843-MS SPE Conference Paper – 2019)
  •  Tukur, Aisha Diggi; Nzerem, Petrus; Nsan, Nhoyidi; Okafor, Ikechukwu Stanley; Gimba, Abdullahi; Ogolo, Oghenerume; Oluwaseun, Alonge; Andrew, Okafor. Well Placement Optimization Using Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithm. (198858-MS SPE Conference Paper – 2019)

Courses/Modules Taught


• CHM 201 – Introduction to Geology
• CHM 303 – Basic Reservoir Rock Properties
• GET 227 – Engineering Thermodynamics
• GET 228 – Fluid Mechanics
• CHM 304 – Environmental Chemistry
• GET 301 – Engineering Mathematics III
• CHM 412 – Natural Products Chemistry
• PGE 317 – Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
• PGE 503 – Adsorption and Fractionation


• ICHM 806 – Water analysis
• ICHM 807 – Analysis of Miscellaneous Materials
• PGE 803 – Research Methodology