Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
[email protected]

Dr. Obuya has been a member of The Sage Colleges Faculty since 2012

Research Interests

My research has been on the design and development of TiO2-based nanomaterial photocatalysts as environmentally benign, effective and cost efficient heterogeneous catalysts for use in greener chemical transformations and environmental remediation from harmful organic dyes. My current research focus is to develop these materials as low cost, non-toxic and highly efficient point-of-use household devices to deliver and store cleaning water in affected communities.


  • B.S. in Chemistry from Kenyatta University – Kenya
  • PhD. in Materials and Inorganic Chemistry from SUNY, Binghamton NY

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, with lab (CHM 404/405)
  • Topics in Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHM 348)
  • General Chemistry, with lab (CHM 111/112)
  • Introduction to General Chemistry, with lab (CHM 103)
  • Sage STEM – a summer immersion course for newly admitted Freshmen (SCI 148)

Most Recent Awards

  • Awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to work with USIU-Africa on research collaboration, curriculum development and graduate student mentoring in the summer of 2017.

Most recent Publications

  • E. A. Obuya, P. C. Joshi, T. A. Gray, T. C. Keane, W. E. Jones, “Application of Pt.TiO2 Nanofibers in Photosensitized Degradation of Rhodamine B”, International Journal of Chemistry, Vol 6, No. 1 (2014)
  • E.A. Obuya, W. Harrigan, D.M. Andala, J. Lippens, T.C. Keane, W.E. Jones Jr. “Photodeposited Pd Nanoparticle Catalysts Supported on Photoactivated TiO2 NanofibersJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 340 (2011) 89-98.
  • E.A. Obuya, W. Harrigan, T. O’Brien, D. Andala, E. Mushibe, W.E. Jones Jr. “Fabrication of Rh-doped TiO2 nanofibers for Visible Light Degradation of Rhodamine B” Mat. Res. Soc. Proc., 2011, 1352.

Professional Affiliations

    • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society – Member
    • American Chemical Society (ACS) – Member
    • Material Research Society (MRS) – Member
    • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. (NOBBChe) – Member

Current College Responsibilities

  • Faculty Development Committee – Member


  • Program Coordinator for the 2016 Troy YMCA’s Teen Girl Mentor Program
  • Program Coordinator for the 2015 Troy Boys and Girls Club “Summer Go Green series”

Personal Interests

  • IB (International Baccalaureate) External Examiner for Chemistry Extended Essays
  • Group Exercise Instructor (Zumba)
  • Hiking, dancing, and Traveling