David OBA Adebimpe is a scientist, philosopher, inventor, and visionary with over 16 years of professional academic and private sector experience in a diversity of areas such as enzymology and protein chemistry, applied spectroscopy, non-linear optics, human sociology, mechanistic and applied organic syntheses, olfactory science, organic device science and nanotechnology.
After his professional mentoring and training from educational stalwarts such as Emmanuel Anosike (Biochemistry, Nigeria), Gerhardt Koshmel (Polymer Science, Berlin), Poopathy Kathirgamanathan (Smart Materials, Oxford, London), and Mike K. Shepherd (Organic Syntheses, London), and brief spells lecturing biochemistry and social psychology, David arrived in the United States to lead the research group of Alan G. MacDiarmid (Year 2000 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry) at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on fabricating novel conductive polymers and investigating their potential applications. He left UPenn to work briefly as a forensic chemist at the chemical coatings division of Sherwin Williams Paint Company in Chicago, after which he joined The City College of the City University of New York in 1997 as Center Administrator of the Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces (CASI) an NSF-Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), where, under the directorship of Daniel L. Akins (Year 2000 winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Education in Science and Engineering), he managed the Center’s four interdisciplinary research groups, student and outreach activities, and a budget of >$1million per year. During his tenure at CCNY, in which he was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, he was integrally involved in the conceptualization and establishment of CIRE, IGERT, REU and RET programs within the Center and in the establishment of the CUNY Ph.D. program in Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The Centers’ acquisition of an additional $5.2 million in research and education awards during his 3.5 year tenure is also a standing record for the Center.
Wanting to partake more in applied research, he joined GMA Industries Inc. in 2001 as a Senior Member of Technical Staff. He quickly established an active applied chemistry and nanotechnology division that went out to seek SBIR grants on his concepts and vision of nanomaterials applications. Although his NIH-based proposals were not funded at that time as they were considered “futuristic” “anecdotal” or did not have the involvement of a medical doctor (one of these was the use of odor sensors for the detection of cancer), over the next six years he became a major force within the small-business R&D realm, known for his innovative approaches and dependability for delivering the goods, and was principal investigator on a series NASA, USAF and USN sponsored R&D and SBIR efforts. At GMAI, David was integrally involved in the conceptualization of scientific phenomena that led to acquisition of over $3 million in R&D contracts in areas as diverse as applied spectroscopy, functional composite materials and coatings, biological and chemical sensors and IC chip design.
He also took two of the three SBIR grants that he was PI, to a technical readiness level (TRL) 9 commercialization level, months before the contract deadlines, inventing XScent™ and NanoApps™ product lines.
David left GMAI in June 2007 to form Π, and is currently collaborating with a number of researchers from various Universities in the development of concepts and ideas for the near-term (~3 – 5 years) and longer-term (~10 to 20 years), having the aim of developing these concepts into beneficial and robust real-world deliverables. His interests lie in first principle design, syntheses and exploitation of smart materials, applied spectroscopy, organic device science, and the application of logic, social psychology and justice, and learning to play the saxophone. Present activities involve the development of materials of controlled structures and properties, understanding the fundamental properties of these materials, and the integration of such materials into novel, workable devices and applications.
David holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, an M.Phil. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, and a B.Sc. with Honors in Biochemistry with Psychology.
ScentLogix™, aimed at biological and analytical detection of explosives, narcotics and other hazardous materials, is his latest invention.