Portrait of Alexander Azenkeng

Alexander Azenkeng

  • Senior Scientist, EERC

Contact Info

Office Address

15 N 23rd St Stop 9018
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9018


Dr. Alexander Azenkeng is a Senior Scientist at the EERC, where he applies chemistry principles to studies involving multiple research portfolios, including computational simulations to elucidate reaction mechanisms and properties of molecules during coal combustion; chemical transformations in low-rank coal upgrading; coal–biomass gasification technologies; chemical analysis of materials by scanning electron microcopy (SEM); material corrosion evaluation in oil and gas applications; CO2–amine reaction chemistry; the chemistry of CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS); geochemical interactions of CO2 with petroleum reservoir minerals and formation liquids; application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy technology in unconventional oil and gas reservoir rock characterization; and improved methods for analyzing rare-earth elements (REEs) in coals and other geologic media; etc. Dr. Azenkeng holds a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physical Chemistry from the University of North Dakota (UND) and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He is an invited reviewer for the Journal of Fuels D, Combustion and Flame, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Bioinorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, and Natural Products Research. Dr. Azenkeng is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the UND Distinguished Dissertation Award (2009); the International Honorary for Leaders in University Apartment Community (IHLUAC) Award (2007); the African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) Help Our People Excel (HOPE) Award (2007); and the Dr. Roland G. Severson Research Award (2005) from UND. He received the Best Poster Gold Certificate Award from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (2005) and the Ministry of Higher Education prize for Academic Excellence (1998) and the Senate prize for the Best Student in Chemistry (1996) from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He was inducted into the U.S. National Scholars Honor Society in 2007 and Pi Lamda Theta, the International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education, in 2002. Dr. Azenkeng is a member of the Microscopy Society of America, the North Dakota Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society. He is the coauthor of a chapter entitled “Selenium Modulates: The Neurotoxic Effects of Methylmercury” in Methylmercury and Neurotoxicity, part of the Current Topics in Neurotoxicity series, published by Springer in 2011, and coauthor of a chapter entitled “Selenium-Health Benefit Values as Seafood Safety Criteria” in Seafood Science: Advances in Chemistry, Technology and Applications, to be published by CRC Press. He has also coauthored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations for national and international conferences.