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  • Howard University


After I graduated from high school as one of the top five, I went to Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to study the undergraduate program in 1993. 4 years later, I received the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in July 1997.  After graduation, however, the only career I found was teaching chemistry in the high school rather than working in the industry due to the lack of opportunity in my country, Ethiopia.

Dr. Fayissa received the Master of Science degree in Chemistry in July 2003. He  had been teaching physical chemistry courses for undergraduates program at the department of Chemistry for 5 years, until I came to the department of Chemistry, Howard University, USA in Fall 2009 to pursue my PhD study.

As usual, my choice of discipline was based on problem identification and devising of problem solving strategy. Environmental pollution is one of the current debates at the global scale that needs immediate attention of all individuals. As a result, I decided to work on the development of a sensor for pollutant gases. Currently, I am working on the development of a nitric oxide sensor based on copper (II) complexes of tridentate nitrogen donor ligands using fluorescence spectroscopy under the supervision of professor Vernon. R. Morris. Apart from my regular duties, I like to swim and watch soccer.

Research Interests:

Fluorescence based Nitric Oxide (NO) sensor using copper (II) complexes of tridentate ligands both in the liquid and solid states, nanotechnology of the sensing materials for better understanding of sensor-analyte interactions at the interface. The research is underway at the Department of Chemistry, Howard University, Washington DC.

Poster presentation:

245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition-New Orleans, LA. April 7 – 11, 2013

Graduate School Research Symposium, Howard University, Washington DC. April 9, 2012.

Dr. Fayissa graduated with the doctoral degree in Chemistry in May 2015 from Howard University