Chemistry Department Faculty

Olivier Nsengiyumva

Education Profile
PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Florida, 2018
BS, Chemistry, Oklahoma Christian University, 2013


Dr. Nsengiyumva was born in Rwanda, where he received his elementary and secondary education. In 2009, he moved to the United States, where he majored in Chemistry at Oklahoma Christian University. After receiving his Bachelors in 2013, he then moved to the University of Florida for his graduate studies until 2018. Other than his love for Chemistry, Dr. Nsengiyumva enjoys the outdoors and sports such as soccer and tennis. He is a regular member of the Burnt Mills Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Professional Activities

Dr. Nsengiyumva’s research have been focused on synthesis and characterization of biorenewable and sustainable organic polymers with potential to mimic commodity plastics. He has published on polysilicon acetals and benzotriazoles in the following publications:

  • Sahmetlioglu, E.; Nguyen, H.T.H.; Nsengiyumva, O.; Gokrurk, E., Miller, S.A. Silicon Acetal Metathesis Polymerization. ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, 466-470.
  • Nsengiyumva, O.; Hamedzadeh, S.; McDaniel, J.; Macho, J.; Simpson, G.; Panda, S.S.; Ha, K.; Lebedyeva, I. Faidala, H.M.; Al-Mohammed, M.M.; Hall, D.C.; Katritzky, A.R. A benzotriazole-mediated route to protect marine-derived hetero-2,5-diketopiperazines containing proline. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13, 4399-4403.

Courses Taught
CHEM 114 – Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry
CHEM 221, 222 – Organic Chemistry

Contact Info
Phone: 301-891-4461
Office: Science Building, 102E