Dr. Petrus Nzerem


Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering


Petroleum and Gas Engineering.


Block A, Room 311


Associate Professor Petrus Nzerem is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Dean of 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, and 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