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Samuel Mugo

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Research Development Officer, Office of Research Services

PhD (Memorial); B.Sc. (JKUAT, Kenya)

5-131C, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Samuel Mugo graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2006. He took a two-year NSERC postdoctoral position at Queens University, Ontario (2007-2008) where his focus was development of microfluidic mass spectrometry platforms for clinical diagnosis.  He has been an assistant professor (analytical chemistry) at MacEwan University since 2008. Dr. Mugo is involved in teaching and curriculum development of analytical chemistry courses, environmental chemistry, physical science field skills and independent research courses. He actively engages undergraduate students in his research. Dr. Mugo research interests include: development of miniturized analytical platforms for environmental and food analysis; development of value added products (especially biolipids and biopolymers) from plant oils and other agricultural feedtocks; development of microfluidic devices for blood lipid analysis.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Analytical environmental chemist, mass spectrometrist, lipid chemist, transformation of biomass to value added products

Teaching and Research Interests

I teach the following courses:

  • Analytical Chemistry 1 (classical methods of analysis)
  • Analytical Chemistry II (Introduction to instrumental analysis)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences Field skills course
  • Independent Research course

My current research projects include:

  • Fabrication of miniaturized analytical platforms for environmental  and food analysis
  • Development of enzymatic microreactors and microfluidic chips  for lipidomics applications
  • Sustainable and scale-able development of wax esters from plant oils using biomass derived catalysts
  • Applications of cellulolic materials as nanocomposite for coating applications

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Mugo SM & Ayton WK. Lipase Immobilized Methacrylate Polymer Monolith Microreactor for Lipid Transformations and Online Analytics. J Am Oil Chem Soc (2013) 90:65–72.
  • Mugo SM, Anuar ST,  Zhao Y-Y, Curtis JM. The Development of a Capillary Microreactor for Transesterification. Reactions using Lipase Immobilized onto a Silica Monolith. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic; Accepted date: 23-3-2013. (R)
  • Anuar S,  Zhao Y-Y, Mugo SM, Curtis JM. Monitoring the epoxidation of vegetable oils by LC/MS for process optimization and control. Journal of American Oil Chemists Society 2012, 89 (11): 1951-1960
  • Mugo SM, Huybregts L, Zhou T, Ayton K. Polymer-monolith-microextraction for Gas Chromatography. Published in December 2011, as a book chapter, InTech - Gas Chromatography / Book 3.
  • Mugo SM, Anuar ST, Zhao Y-Y, Curtis JM. The development of flow-through bio-catalyst microreactors from silica micro structured fibers for lipid transformations.  Lipids 2011, 46 (6): 545-55
  • Mugo SM & Njenga PK. Chemical Composition, Antioxidant and Microbial Activities of the Essential Oils of Ixora scheffleri K.Schum. & K.Krause subsp. keniensis Bridson. in press 2013, Journal of Phytochemistry.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • NSERC-CCI entry grant (Collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Withey and Highmark Renewables)- $200,000- 2010-2012
  • Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN). Monitoring of water quality (disinfection byproducts, heavy metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals) in rural Alberta communities. $ 10,000- 2012
  • AACTI Faculty Mentored Summer Innovation Internship Grant - $10,000 ($7500 to be paid to a research student as a stipend and $2500 to be paid to supervising faculty for professional development
  • MacEwan Research, Scholarly Activity & Creative Achievement Fund (dissemination): $ 2000. This money will be used to travel to Venice, Italy to present at the World congress in Biopolymers in April 23rd 2012.
  • Arts and Science Grant Award amounting to $ 6200. This is towards the project, enzymatic synthesis of valuable waxes from plant oils. The money will be used to hire a student for summer 2012.
  • MacEwan Research, Scholarly Activity & Creative Achievement Fund: $ 7000. Project: Chemoenzymatic synthesis of Plant Oils to Waxes: April 2012-June 2013

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Member of  Alberta Biochar Network, now called Alberta Biochar Initiative (ABI)
  • Member of Canadian Society of Chemistry
  • Member of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET)

Boards / Committees

  • Member of PhD student supervisory committee- Lipid chemistry group, University of Alberta