About Industrial Chemistry Department

Brief History and Progress of the Department

Industrial chemistry as a discipline had been established in 1956E.C at Polytechnic Institute by the former Soviet Union Government in collaboration with Ethiopian Government. The aim of the program was to train middle level technicians in Industrial Chemistry technology. Consequently, industrial chemistry technology graduates contributed a lot to the development of the country by working in various industrial and related sectors, like in process industries, research institutes, academic institutions and similar organizations. Some of the graduates are so successful that they achieved to become prominent and famous personalities not only in the country but also at international level.

Increasing demand for graduates due to the growth of industries, research centres and other employers in the country, Bahir Dar University has started Industrial Chemistry in degree program in 1997 E.C. It was a unique and the only department in the country. Recently some other Ethiopian Universities launch the program.

There is also a high demand of  Industrial Chemistry graduates and  professionals  in  the  market  at this time and  even  in  the  future,  because  of  the upcoming industrial development of the country and their involvement in various industries, research centres and other development sectors. Thus, the department has a plan to start graduate study in industrial chemistry field of study.



Industrial chemistry departmentis working in fulfilling the need of the country with the following main objective.

  • Produce graduates who will be productive throughout their careers in a wide range of industrial, professional, and academic environments.
  • To produce competent Industrial Chemists who can work as quality controllers and quality assurance personnel in all sectors of the Industry;
  • To produce capable Industrial Chemists who can undertake optimization of processes, examine and change the chemistry of the process to maximize the efficiency of industrial production.
  • To produce Industrial Chemists who can develop new industrial products as well as industrial raw materials.
  • Provide students with a high quality education that will enable them to adapt to a rapidlychanging technical environment.
  • To produce competent personnel capable to work in research laboratories, Clinical laboratories, Universities and others where the knowledge of industrial chemistry is required
  • To produce skilled manpower in handling chemicals, managing chemical laboratories and scientific instruments.
  • To produce competent scientific researchers in the field of industrial chemistry and technology.
  • To produce competent personnel who can manage and run the growing small-scale industries in Ethiopia.

Admission Requirements

Students placed to college of science at Bahir Dar University with the following achievement can choose the department in regular basis.   

  •  Successful completion of the preparatory program with a pass mark in university entrance examination and interest to study Industrial chemistry;
  •  Candidates who have Advanced Diploma in Industrial Chemistry, Diploma in chemistry and who fulfil the general university admission requirements.

Duration of Study and Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirement of the department is as per the legislation of the University. Thus industrial chemistry Degree of Bachelor of Science is provided in four academic years of study with requirement of total credits 157 Cr. Hrs or 248 ECTS.




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Professional and Graduate Profiles

Professional Profile

Industrial Chemistry graduate can involved in all kinds of industries namely food and drink, pharmaceuticals, energy, oil and gas, water, chemicals, materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics and products such as toiletries, fertilizers, detergents, and others .

The following are some of  the core services of industrial chemists: 

  • Conduct economic and technical feasibility studies in areas related to chemistry, chemical technology, or other in a  processing industries.
  • Oversee the construction, modification, operation and maintenance of processing units or processing plants.
  • Establish and conduct quality control programs, operating procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adherence to standards for raw materials, products and waste products or emissions.
  • Give solutions to technical backstopping at the industry together with chemists, chemical engineers, and other professional
  • Ensuring efficient, optimum, safe and environmentally responsible plant operation; establishing and conducting quality control programs; operating and assessment procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adhere to standards
  • Design and operate quality and environmental control systems.
  • Provide innovative and economical solutions to the problems encountered in the process industries.
  • Capable of fulfilling a multiplicity of roles as research scientists, development chemists, and technical representatives and as plant/company managers  
  • Manage laboratories chemicals and avoid the environmental risks caused by chemicals in chemical stores and in industrial areas

 Graduate Profile

The graduates of Industrial Chemistry will be able to:


  • Fulfil a multiplicity of roles as research scientists, development chemists, and technical representatives and as plant/company managers and work in the area where the knowledge of practical chemistry is required
  • Master the fundamentals of chemistry and chemical engineering including an understanding of broad conceptual and theoretical elements;
  • Posses an understanding and appreciation of the theoretical bases, methodologies and characteristics of learning of chemistry and chemical engineering
  • Work as an industrial chemist in chemical processing industries
  • Knowledge of basic principles of plant and process operations
  • An ability to identify, formulates, and performs technical research to solve technical problems
  • Conduct scientific  experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to prepare and present clear and concise written and verbal repor
  • Continue further specialized educations; Serve as a research/graduate assistant in research /higher education institutions;
  • Create job opportunities by the acquired chemical knowledge.


  • Excelence knowlegde in chemistry and  in Chemical Engineering
  • Ability working together with chemists, chemical engineers, and other professionals
  • Understand Unti processes and plant operations
  • Design, conduct experiments, and equipped with industrial problem solving and creativity
  • Operate scientific equipment properly to generate scientific data
  • Posses critical, conceptual and reflective thinking, intellectual openness and curiosity,  creativity and originality,
  • Recognize when information is needed and locate, evaluate and use this information effectively.
  • An ability to access, identify, organize and communicate chemical knowledge effectively;
  • An ability to work independently as well as part of a team or group;
  • An ability to lead in the community, professional associations etc.
  • An ability to undertake numerical calculations and understand quantitative information.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis in chemical laboratories;
  • Work as quality controllers in industries. 

List of Course Chairs and Their Biography

 The course in Industrial Chemistry undergraduate program is aligned in to six course modules and each has their course chairs.

No Course Alignment Course chair person
1 Inorganic and Organic Module

1. Alemayehu  Mekonen (PhD), Organic Chemistry

Bahir Dar University,

Department of Chemitry

P.O.Box- 79,  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

    email: negaalex@yahoo.com

2. Girma Kibatu (PhD), Inorganic chemistry

Bahir Dar University,

Department of Chemitry

P.O.Box- 79,  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia



Analytic and Physical Module

1.  Muluken Aklilu (PhD), Physical chemistry

Bahir Dar University,

Department of Chemitry

P.O.Box- 79,  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

           E-mail: mulukenak@gmail.com

2. Maereg Amare (PhD), Physical chemistry

Bahir Dar University,

Department of Chemistry

P.O.Box- 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

E-mail: maerega@yahoo.com


Industrial Chemistry Module

Yeshitila Matheos (MSc), Chemical Engineering         

Bahir Dar University,

Department of Industrial Chemistry

P.O.Box- 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

E-mail: yakia05@gmail.com


Process Engineering Module

Tsegay G/kidan(MSc), Chemical Engineering         

              Bahir Dar University,

              Department of  Industrial Chemistry

P.O.Box- 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

              E-mail: tsegaygeb@gmail.com


Process Technology Module

Tsegay G/kidan(MSc), Chemical engineering

Bahir Dar University, Department of  Industrial Chemistry

P.O.Box- 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

              E-mail: tsegaygeb@gmail.com

6 Supportive and Common Courses Module

Gizachew Belay(MSc),Chemical engineering

Bahir Dar University, Department of  Industrial Chemistry

P.O.Box- 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

              E-mail: gbelay20@yahoo.com







































Resources (Facilities)

The department also shares laboratory facilities with Chemistry department and School of Food and Chemical Engineering for practical courses. It also uses different factories in the country for industrial visits and apprenticeships. Libraries of the University especially science college and technology institute libraries are the department resources for reading materials.

Some of the Staff Members of Industrial Chemistry Department 


Besides the staff members listed here (opens in window), all Chemistry department staffs in Science College and School of Food and Chemical Engineering staffs of the University are potential academic staff’s to the department to deliver theoretical and practical courses. 

Research groups, activities and future plans

Currently all of the faculty member in the department conducting research and we have more than four research projects. The department is strongly working to make our university research university. To achieve this goal we have the following future plans and works accordingly.

  1. Launching MSc program and provide good facilities for graduate    researches
  2. Actively involved in capacity building programs to small scale production industry.
  3. Actively involved in identification and providing small scale production business idea
  4. Creating strong relation with production industries, and then the faculty member will do research in those industries as his/her institutions.
  5. Building industrial problem solving capacity and engage in applied research.
  6. Building workshop for entrepreneur personality students to try their ideas.
  7. Hosting science symposium to share experience between students, researches, and industry

Community service groups, activities and future plans

As a department primarily we are providing quality education for the students and also we are starting to contribute research out puts in some areas of industrial chemistry and its application. Moreover, although our contribution is insignificant to the community, it is planned to work on preparation and providing standard trainings of industrial chemical management, safe industrial waste disposal, and quality industrial and laboratory management practices in support of researches with collaboration of industries around us

In the near future we have a plan to train high school students and the communities aboutenvironmental effect of west chemical products, and how to discard such product after using it in their daily life.

Major competencies (its preparation is in progress)

The mission of the department is to foster capability of industrial chemistry undergraduate students, professionals, researchers, and small scale industrial managers to meet the needs in Ethiopia by providing high quality education and practical knowledge through laboratory work and industry attachments.

So some of the major competencies of the department are:

  • Generate of highly qualified industrial process and quality control technicians with entrepreneurial skill.
  • Capable  to develop new and environmentally friendly process
  • Have the required competency to do researching and providing solution to industrial process problems.
  • Revolutionizing indigenous chemical knowledge at small scale industry level.