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Teaching and Research

Notable Researches/Projects

 1.      Geophysics Research Group

  • Use of Seismics and Petrophysics in the Evaluation of the Hydrocarbon Potential of some Ghanaian Sedimentary Basins
  • Enhancing Sustainable Development of the Lake Bosomtwi Basin using Geophysical Techniques (Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Seismics, EM & Magnetics)
  • Global Environmental Change Research – A case study of the Lake Bosomtwi Crater Area
  • Monitoring Soil and Groundwater Contamination/Pollution using geophysical Methods
  • Fractures Detection in Subsurface Investigations using Resistivity, EM, GPR and Seismic Techniques and Radon Mapping
  • Groundwater and Mineral Exploration
  • Site Investigation/geotechnical studies using Geophysical Methods
  • Pavement investigation of major roads in the Kumasi metropolis using the ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Detection of underground utility cables/pipelines using geophysical methods
  • Petrophysical characterization of rocks from some Ghanaian Formations
  • Geological and Structural Interpretation of the main Gold Belt of Ghana using airborne magnetic and radiometric data
  • Use of integrated geophysical methods in determining the depth extent of the Jasper Deposit within the Buem Formation of Ghana

 

 

  1. 2.      Materials Science and Technology Group

 

  1. a.      Zeolite Science and Technology
  • Synthesis of zeolites from chemical reagents, agricultural wastes and from bauxites
  • Characterizations of zeolites and other minerals
  • Application of zeolites in: arsenic removal from industrial waste waters, ammonia removal from industrial and municipal waste waters, desalination of sea water, crude oil refining, removal of other heavy metals, and anti-microbial zeolites production for disinfection of drinking water

 

  1. b.      Ceramic Materials
  • Production of advanced ceramic materials for medical use (orthopaedic joint replacement, prosthesis, bone implants, etc.)
  • Production of advanced ceramic materials for automotive catalytic converters

 

  1. c.       Microstructural Studies
  • Microstructural studies of aluminium alloys
  • Heat treatment and microstructural studies of steel
  • Mechanical evaluation of materials through tests and microstructural studies

 

 

  1. 3.      Solid State Physics Research Group
  • The growth of thin films for photovoltaic applications
  • Ferroelectric materials medical, sensor and memory applications
  • Properties of ferroelectric materials
  • Dye sensitized solar cells
  • Fuel cells (PEM)

 

 

 

  1. 4.      Meteorology & Climate Science Research Group
  2. a.      Remote sensing and modeling of atmospheric processes
  • Trace gas measurements towards climate and pollution monitoring
  • Radiation flux measurements and impact on meteorological variables
  • Validation of satellite products over West Africa
  • Understanding the hydrological cycle

 

  1. b.      Understanding Climate Change and its Effects
  • Climate change and health
  • Climate change and agriculture
  • Climate change and water resources
  • Trends and variabilities in temperature and precipitation

 

  1. c.       Synoptic Observation and Nowcasting
  • Measurements of rainfall, temperature and other meteorological parameters in collaboration with the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet)
  • Understanding meteorological processes influencing weather and climate over West Africa

 

Quality Assurance

The Department undertakes the assessment of lecturers by students every semester as a way of ensuring effective teaching and learning in the Department. The Department also subjects itself to the procedures for re-accreditation of existing programmes by the National Accreditation Board.

Research Support

The Department of Physics has received project grants for research from the European Union within its 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for research on the impact of climate variability and change on malaria in urban, per-urban and rural settings in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The Department has also received support from ICTP in the training of a young man for his PhD in Atmospheric Physics. University of Cologne, German, has provided a lot of equipment for training and research in Meteorology and Climate Science. University of Cologne has also sponsored one of our young postgraduate students to do his PhD in Atmospheric Physics in that University Germany.