Oluwatoosin Agbaje

Oluwatoosin ('Toosin) Agbaje is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Associate Professor Dorrit Jacob and Associate Professor Norman Pearson in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University. He holds a Bachelor degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Master's degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Ibadan both at Nigeria. He is well trained in the area of bioorganic/bioinorganic chemistry.

His research is focused at understanding the chemistry of biomineralization - the processes by which living organisms direct the formation of crystalline structures. In particular, 'Toosin's interests are to understand the formation mechanisms of bio-carbonates (mollusc shells). These studies will help to develop a quantitative basis for using these materials for palaeoclimate reconstructions. Presently, 'Toosin is working on the organic matrix (water soluble and water insoluble moieties) of different mollusc shell structures with the main focus on the crossed lamellar structure of cockle shells for which there is little or no information to date.

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