Federal University of Lafia (FULafia)
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Physics, Faculty of Science

Prof. Sanusi Liman Muhammad


Research Interest

Plasma Physics, Dusty Plasma Cristal, Quantum Physics, Mathematical Physics


Muhammad Sanusi Liman is a Professor of Plasma Physics of international repute. His research interest centers on (but not limited to) Dusty PlasmaCrystals, 2D Yukawa fluids, Material Science and the application of Plasma Technologies in Medicine and Environment.

He’s currently a Professor at the Federal University Lafia where he also serves as the Vice Chancellor.

He’s an epitome of scholarship and he has supervised a number of graduate and undergraduate students in Theoretical Plasma Physics as well as in electronic and communication.

M. S.  Liman obtained a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics in September 2004 from Okayama University, Japan under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Hiroo Totsuji. His earlier degrees were obtained from the University of Jos and Abubakar Tafala Balewa University Bauchi, for M.Sc  (in 1997) and B.Sc (in 1991), respectively.

Throughout his service life, M. S. Liman has been a prolific teacher from 1987 to date. He was a young Auxiliary teacher at G. S. S. Awe from October 1986 to September 1987. During his mandatory NYSC Service year, he taught Physics to the senior students of Girls High School Agulu, Anambra State between 1991 and 1992. He joined the service of his Alma-mater, the ATBU as a Graduate Assistant in 1992 and grew through the ranks to become a Professor of Plasma Physics in 2010. He has worked in three different Nigerian Universities as a Lecturer and Researcher.

He spent 15 years in ATBU, 2 years in Kaduna State University and 6 years in Nasarawa State University, Keffi before transferring his service to the Federal University Lafia in 2014.

M. S. Liman’s academic papers have been cited numerously in both Web of Science and Scopus, notable among them are the ones that were published by the Physical Review Letters of American Physical Society (APS) in 2003 and 2004 on dusty plasma crystals and the thermodynamics of two-dimensional Yukawa fluids, respectively. His google scholar profile reveals a citation or h-index of 10, which depicts his productivity in the area of Applied Physics Research.

M. S. Liman has demonstrated his leadership skills throughout his career in the academia. He was a Director of School of Preliminary Studies, a Head of Department, Dean of School of Post Graduate Studies and he is now a Vice Chancellor of the Federal University in his home state. He has during the last two years of his term as VC of FULafia advocate for transparency and dedication to service. He has developed a blueprint for transforming FULafia into a world-class University.

Prof. Liman has traveled widely around the globe for scientific meetings, researches and for religious activities and tourism.

Prof. Liman is widely acknowledged for his self-discipline, humbleness , nd openness. These qualities cannot be unconnected to his upbringing and training as his Late Father was a great Islamic Scholar and an Imam in Lafia.

Prof. Liman was born in the late 60s to the family of Mallam Ahmad Ibrahim Kariyoma and Mallama Hauwa’u Idrisu in Awe in the present Nasarawa State. The Professor is the Chief Imam of the Jummu’a Mosque that’s behind B-Division Police Station in Lafia, the Capital of Nasarawa State. His appointment is in accordance with his family lineage as his great-grandfather, Liman Kariyoma was one of the early Imams of Lafia Emirate Council.

Professor Liman is happily married and their marriage has produced a first three Children who are blessed and gifted and potential professors of Mechatronics (Mechanical Engineering), Computer Science and Physics.

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals

    1. Totsuji, C., Liman, M. S., Tsuruta, K., & Totsuji, H. (2003). Estimation of screening length and electric charge on particles in single-layered dusty plasma crystals. Physical Review E, 68(1), 017401.

    2. Totsuji, H., Liman, M. S., Totsuji, C., & Tsuruta, K. (2004). Thermodynamics of a two-dimensional Yukawa fluid. Physical Review E, 70(1), 016405.

    3. Totsuji, H., Totsuji, C., Liman, M. S., & Tsuruta, K. (2005). Structure of finite two-dimensional systems of dust particles at finite temperatures. Physics of plasmas, 12(10), 102108.

    4. Aliyu, A. S., Ramli, A. T., Garba, N. N., Saleh, M. A., Gabdo, H. T., & Liman, M. S. (2014). Fukushima nuclear accident: Preliminary assessment of the risks to non-human biota. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 163(2), 238-250.

    5. Falaye, B. J., Sun, G. H., Liman, M. S., Oyewumi, K. J., & Dong, S. H. (2016). Hydrogen atom in a laser-plasma. Laser Physics Letters, 13(11), 116003.

    6. Falaye, B. J., Adepoju, A. G., Aliyu, A. S., Melchor, M. M., Liman, M. S., Oluwadare, O. J., & Oyewumi, K. J. (2017). Investigating quantum metrology in noisy channels. Scientific reports, 7(1), 16622.

    7. Aliyu, A. S., Musa, Y., Liman, M. S., Abba, H. T., Chaanda, M. S., Ngene, N. C., & Garba, N. N. (2018). Determination of rare earth elements concentration at different depth profile of Precambrian pegmatites using instrumental neutron activation analysis. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 131, 36-40.