Young but full of experience, Dr Patrick Ninla Lemougna is the winner of the 2015 Kwame Nkrumah prize in Cameroon. He has been honored on October 29, 2015 during a ceremony held in Yaounde, the nation’s capital under the chairmanship of scientific research and innovation Minister Dr Madeleine Tchuinte.
The prominent researcher happened to emerged the best among the numerous contesters who postulated to this sixth edition of Cameroon’s scientific awards for young scientists dubbed: “Kwame Nkrumah”. Rigorous criteria as outlined by some members of jury made him to be the favourite with a 20% gained upon academic and employment background, academic achievements and publications 70% and impact of research 10%.
Dr Patrick Ninla Lemougna 35 years old researcher, was born on March 19, 1980 in Yaounde-Cameroon. He obtained a Licence in applied chemistry from the university of Ngaoundere in 2001, a DESS in industrial chemistry from the university of Yaounde I in 2004 and a DEA in inorganic chemistry from the same university. The young scientific researcher obtained his PhD in inorganic chemistry with specialization in physico-chemistry of mineral materials from the University of Yaounde I in 2015.
In 2011, he was recruited as Research Assistant in Mipromalo (the local materials promotion authority) and promoted to the grade of research officer in 2014. Co-author of fourteen articles, twelve of which are in international journals and in two national journals, Dr Lemougna is known to be the first author in seven of them. He has six presentations at international conferences and first author in five of them. The hard working and young researcher emerged through his DEA memoire titled: “Reticulation geopolymerique à base temperature de quelques aluminosilicates” and PhD thesis titled: “microstructure and themomechanical properties of geopolymers from some Cameroon volcanic ashes”.
His numerous efforts have been contribution to knowledge necessary for environmentally friendly and cost effective use of Cameroon’s local materials in building construction as described by Dr David Mbah, Executive Secretary of Cameroon Academy of sciences (CAS).
By Elise Kenimbeni