Assoc. Prof. William K Buah

ACADEMIC DEGREES EARNED/CERTIFICATES                               

  1. PhD. (Waste Processing Engineering),  2009
  2. MSc. (Minerals Processing Engineering), 1993
  3. G.C.E. ‘A’ Level (Science), 1986
  4. G.C.E. ‘O’ Level (Science), 1984

 

INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED                                                            

1. University of Leeds, UK (2005 -  2009)

2. Krivoy Rog Mining Institute, Krivoy Rog, CIS. (1988 -  1993)

3. Donetsk State University, Donetsk, CIS. (1987 - 1988)

4. St. Augustine’s College, Cape coast, Ghana. (1980 - 1986)

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES                                          

1.  Member, Ghana Institution of Engineers (2015 - date).

2.  Member, American Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (2008- date)

  INTERNATIONAL/SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS                                         

1. Nobles International Award for being an Eminent West African upholding the virtues of Honesty, Integrity and Accountability, 2016    

2. Best Candidate in Mining/Chemical Technical Division of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, 2016.

3. Ghana Government Scholarship to undertake PhD Programme in Waste Processing Engineering at the University of Leeds, UK (2005 - 2009)                            

4. Ghana Government Scholarship to undertake MSc Programme in Minerals Processing Engineering at the Krivoy Rog Mining Institute, Krivoy Rog, CIS (1988 - 1993).     

 ACADEMIC RANKS HELD                                       

1.      Associate Professor (2011 to date)

2.      Senior Lecturer (2002 - 2011)

3.      Lecturer (1995 - 2002)

 COURSES TAUGHT

1.      Mineral Particles Systems                                          

2.      Introduction to Minerals Engineering                                    

3.      Principles of Metallurgical Engineering

4.      Mineral Chemistry

5.      Comminution                                                             

6.      Mineral Processing                                                     

7.      Mineral Separation Processes                         

8.      Ore Handling and Machinery

9.      Analytical Chemistry                                                 

10.  Assaying                                                                    

11.  Processing of Minerals found in Ghana                     

12.  Metallurgical Plant Design 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENT PROJECT WORK/THESIS

Six (6) postgraduate and sixty-five (65) undergraduate students have successfully completed their theses or research projects under my direct supervision.

OTHER PROFESSIONALLY RELATED EXPERIENCE

 1. Assay Laboratory Audit at Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa (2016)

2. Rehabilitation of a diamond treatment plant for Great Consolidated Diamonds Ghana Limited (2011 - 2012)

3. Metallurgical test work for various Small-Scale mining companies in Ghana (2011 - date)

4. District Officers of Environmental Protection Agency (2016)

5. Consultant, Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (2016)

6. Consultant, Goldfields Ghana limited, Damang Mine (2013).

7. Consultant, Goldfield Ghana Limited, Tarkwa Mine (2012)

RESEARCH CONDUCTED WITH DATES

  1. Conversion of Agricultural Waste Biomass to Activated Carbons and the Suitability of the Derived Activated Carbons for Gold Processing (2010 - Date)
  2. Conversion of Sawdust into Value-Added Products (2015 - date)
  3. Design of a Novel Gas Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis-Gasification Reactor for Preparation of Activated Carbons for Gold Di-Cyanide Adsorption (2011 - 2017)
  4. Influence of Lime Particle Size on pH Modification of Gold Ores (2014 - 2016)
  5. Removal of Fluoride in Water Using Activated Carbons Prepared from Selected Agricultural Waste Materials (2014 - 2016)
  6. Abatement of Heavy Metals Concentration in Mine Waste Water Using Activated Carbons Prepared from Coconut Shells in a Gas-Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis/Activation Reactor (2014 - 2016)
  7. Waste Management Practices in Ghana (2012 - 2016)
  8. Quality of Sachet Water Produced at Tarkwa, Ghana (2012 - 2015)
  9. Effects of Quebracho Tannin on Recovery of Colloidal Gold from Bioleached Wash Liquor (2011 - 2014)
  10. Granular Activated Carbons from Palm Nut Shells for Gold Di-Cyanide Adsorption (2011 - 2013)

 

 JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

1.      Buah, W. K. and Kuma, J. S. Y. (2016), “Design of a Novel Gas Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis-Gasification Reactor for the Production of Activated Carbons”, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Vol. 102, pp. 353 - 360.

2.      Buah, W. K., Fosu S. and Ndur, S. A. (2016), “Abatement of Heavy Metals Concentration in Mine Wastewater Using Activated Carbons Prepared from Coconut Shells in a Gas-Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis/Activation Reactor”, Ghana Journal of Technology, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 46 - 52.

3.      Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2016), “Combustible Gaseous Products from Pyrolysis of Combustible Fractions of Municipal Solid Waste”, Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 191 - 196.

4.      Buah, W. K., MacCarthy, J. and Ndur, S. (2016), “Conversion of Corn Cobs Waste into Activated Carbons for Adsorption of Heavy Metals from Minerals Processing Wastewater”, International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 98 - 103.

5.      Buah, W. K. and Dankwah, J. R. (2016), “Sorption of Heavy Metals from Mine Wastewater by Activated Carbons Prepared from Coconut Husk”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 36 - 41.

6.      Bentil, J and Buah, W. K. (2016) “Removal of Fluoride in Water Using Activated Carbons Prepared From Selected Agricultural Waste Materials”, Journal of Environment and Earth Science, Vol.6, No.4, 7 pp, ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948 (Online).

7.      Kali, A. and Buah, W. K. (2016), “Treating the Iron Tailings at the Forecariah Guinea Mine - Guinea Conakry”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 83 - 88.

8.      Buah, W. K. and Ndur S. A. (2016), “Influence of Lime Particle Size on pH Modification of Gold Ores”, Intern. Journal of Modern Engineering Research, Vol. 6(4), 32 - 36.

9.      Ndur, S. A., Kuma, J. S. Y., Buah, W. K. and Galley, J. Y. (2015), “Quality of Sachet Water Produced at Tarkwa, Ghana”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 22 - 34.

10.  Buah, W. K., Kuma, J. S. Y., Williams, P. T. and Ndur, S. A. (2015), “Activated Carbon Prepared in a Novel Gas Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis-Gasification Reactor for Gold Di-Cyanide Adsorption”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 58 - 64.

11.  Buah, W. K., Asamoah, R. K. and Boadi, I. (2015), “Effects of Quebracho Tannin on Recovery of Colloidal Gold from Bioleached Wash Liquor”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 44 - 49.

12.  Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2013), “Granular activated carbons from palm nut shells for gold di-cyanide adsorption”, Intern.  Journal of Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials, Vol. 20 (2), 1 - 8.

13.  Ndur, S. A. and Buah, W. K. (2013), “Mineralogical and Geochemical Controls of Arsenic in an Active Tailings Dam”, Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 5 pp published online.

14.  Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2012), “Agricultural Waste Biomass Converted to Activated Carbon as a Material for Gold Processing”, .J Mater Cycles Waste Management, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 396 - 402, DOI 10.1007/s10163-012-0083-8.

15.  Buah, W. K. and Kuma, J. S. Y. (2012), “Properties of Activated Carbon Prepared from Coconut Shells in Ghana”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 13, pp. 51 - 55.

16.  Kuma, J. S., Younger, P. L. and Buah, W. K. (2011), “Numerical Indices of the Severity of Acidic Mine Drainage: Broadening the Applicability of the Gray Acid Mine Drainage Index”, Mine Water Environ, 8 pp.

17.  Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2010), “Activated Carbons Prepared from Refuse Derived Fuel and their Gold Adsorption Characteristics", Environmental Technology, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 125 - 137.

18.  Buah, W. K., Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Banson, A. K. (2010), “Recycling Potential of Waste Di-Isobutyl-Ketone (DIBK) and Recovery of Residual Gold”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 12, pp. 43 - 48.

19.  Buah, W. K., Cunliffe, A. M. and Williams, P. T. (2007), “Characterization of Products from the Pyrolysis of Municipal Solid Waste”, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 85(B5), pp. 450 - 457.

20.  Buah W. K. & Nyamekye A. (2007), “Recovery of Gold from Waste Jute Material - A Case Study”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 50 - 53.

21.  Amankwah, R. K. and Buah, W. K. (2007), “Gold Recovery from Waste-Activated Carbon—a Comparison between Mechano-Chemical Pretreatment and Charcoal Augmented Oxidation”, CIM Bulletin, Vol. 100, No. 1102, pp. 16 - 19.

22.  Buah, W. K., Ndur, S. A. and Amegbey, N. (2000), “Extraction of Hematite as a by- Product from Gold Concentrates”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 6, pp. 4 - 7.

23.  Buah, W. K., Ndur, S. A. and Amankwah, R. K. (1999), “Some Aspects of Gold Liberation from Auriferous Ores”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 5, pp. 59 - 62.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

1.      Buah, W. K., Ndur, S. A. and Fosu S. (2016) “Abatement of Heavy Metals Concentration in Mine Wastewater Using Activated Carbons from Coconut Shells Prepared in a Gas-Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis/Activation Reactor”, 4th UMaT Biennial Conference, 7 pp.

2.      Buah, W. K., Agorhom, E., Owusu, C. and Tei, M. (2016), “Comparison of the Standard Bond Procedure and a Two-Cycle Grinding Procedure for Determination of Work Indices of Gold Ores”, 4th UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, 5 pp.

3.      Buah, W. K. and Kuma, J. S. Y. (2016), “Making a Business Case for Commercial Production of Activated Carbons in Ghana”, 4th UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, 7 pp.

4.      Buah W. K., Darmey J. and Osei F. (2016) “Gold Adsorption Efficiencies of Activated Carbons Derived from Coconut Shells of Different Maturity”, 4th UMaT Biennial Conference, 4 pp.

5.      Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. (2015), “Recovery of Combustible Gases via Pyrolysis of the Combustible Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste”, Thirtieth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management at Philadelphia, PA U.S.A., 8 pp.

6.      Boadi, I., Asamoah, R. K. and Buah, W. K. (2014), “Recovery of Colloidal Gold from Bioleached Wash Liquor with the Aid of Quebracho Tannin”. 3rd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 232-237.

7.      Buah, W. K., Awuye, D. E., Ndur S. A., and Otchere, K. K, (2014). “.Effects of Lime Particle Size on pH Modification of Gold Ores”, 3rd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 238 - 242.

8.      Buah, W. K., Kuma, J. S. Y. and Williams, P. T (2014), “Activated Carbon Prepared in a Novel Gas Fired Static Bed Pyrolysis-Gasification/Activation Reactor for Gold Di-Cyanide Adsorption”, 3rd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 243 - 250.

9.      Kali, A. and Buah, W. K, (2014), “Treating the Iron Tailings at the Forecariah Guinea Mine (FGMSA) - Guinea Conakry”. 3rd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 273 - 279.

10.  Buah, W. K., Williams, P. T. and Onwudili, J. (2011), “Textural Characteristics of Coconut Shell Activated Carbons and their Effects on Gold Adsorption from Gold Chloride Solution”, Proceedings of the Sustainability through Minerals Resource Conservation & Recycling ’11 Conference – Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, May 10 - 12, 2011, 14 pp.

11.  Buah, W. K. and Kuma, J. S. (2010), “Properties of Activated Carbon Prepared from Coconut Shells in Ghana”, Proceedings of the first biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, “Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology”, Tarkwa, Ghana, 4th – 7th August, 2010, pp. 281 - 292.

12.  Buah, W. K. and Ndur, S. A. (2010), “Open-Air Burning of Municipal Solid Waste in the Tarkwa Mining Area and its Potential Environmental Impacts”, Proceedings of the first biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, “Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology”, Tarkwa, Ghana, 4th – 7th August, 2010, pp. 782 - 796.

13.  Buah, W. K., Williams, P. T. and Onwudili, J. (2009), “Activated Carbons from Biomass and their Use in Gold Adsorption for the Gold Industry”, Proceedings of the 17th Biomass Conference and Exhibition – Hamburg 2009. From Research to Industry and Market, 29th June – 3rd July, 2009, Hamburg, Germany, pp. 1836 - 1841.

14.  Buah, W. K. (2008), “Recycling of Wastes in Ghana”, Proceedings of the 1st Association of Ghana Government Sponsored Students (AGGOSS) Seminar, University College of London, Archway campus, UK. http://www.aggoss.tripod.com/id16.html, 21st June, 2008, London, UK.

15.  Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2008), “Gold Adsorption Characteristics of Activated Carbon from Municipal Solid Waste”, Resource Efficiency KTN and WARMNET Annual Conference. “Decoupling Growth from Environmental Impact: Increasing Wealth, Reducing Resource Use, 30th June to 1st July, 2008, University of Nottingham, UK . http://resource-efficiency.blogspot.com/2008/07/re-ktn-warmnet-conference-poster.html

16.  Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2007), “Recovery of Activated Carbon from Municipal Solid Waste”, Proceedings of the Tackling Waste 2007 Conference, Warmnet, Nottingham, UK.
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~enzmp/warmnet/pdf/TW07/Day1/WilliamBuah.pdf.

17.  Buah, W. K. and Williams, P. T. (2006), “Characterisation of Products from Pyrolysis of Municipal Solid Waste”, Proceedings of the Tackling Waste 2006 Conference, Warmnet, Nottingham, UK. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~enzmp/warmnet/pdf/TW06/ daytwo/WilliamKBuah.pdf.

18.  Ndur, S., Buah, W., Amegbey, N., Morris, T. and Debrah, C. (2000), “Tailings disposal and management practice at Bogoso Gold Limited, Ghana”, Proceedings of the Sixth International conference on Environmental Issues And Management of Waste in Energy And Mineral Production, Singhal & Mehrotra (eds), A. A. Balkema, Rottordarm pp. 135 - 139.    

19.  Amankwah, R. K. and Buah, W. K. (1998), “Some Metallurgical Aspects of Smale-Scale Mining in Ghana”, Proceedings of the Extractive Metallurgy Africa ’98 Conference. Johanesburg, South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Nov. 1998, pp. 1 - 4.          

RECORD OF SERVICE

(a)  Service to the University Community

  1. Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, UMaT, Tarkwa (2016 – date).
  2. Dean, Office of International Programmes, UMaT, Tarkwa (2015 – 2016).
  3. Dean of Students, UMaT, Tarkwa (2012 – 2015).
  4. Head of Minerals Engineering Department, UMaT, Tarkwa (2011 – 2012)
  5. Member, Committee of on Commencement of Second Tier Admissions at UMaT, Tarkwa (2016)
  6. Member, Committee on Acceptable Journal Publications, UMaT (2015)                             
  7. Member, Faculty Appointments and Promotion Sub-Committee, UMaT (2015)
  8. Chairman, Committee to develop a short course for the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) (2014)                                                              
  9. Member, Search Committee for appointment of a Finance Officer for UMaT (2014)
  10. Donation of books to UMaT, Tarkwa (2013).           
  11. Member, Committee on Financial Engineering to run the University, UMaT, Tarkwa (2012)
  12. Member, Diamond Jubilee Planning Committee, UMaT, Tarkwa (2012)                        
  13. Represented the Vice Chancellor at the End of Year “WASSA”, celebration (2012)          
  14. Participant, Regional Leadership Training Programme for Senior Managers/Administrators of Universities (2012)
  15. Member, Committee on Disciplinary of Senior Members, UMaT, Tarkwa (2011)   
  16. Member, Statute Review Committee (2011)                                             

 

(b)       Service to the National Community                     

1. Consultant, Minerals and Allied Industries (1998 - date)

2. Member, Ghana Institution of Engineers (2016)

3. External Assessor, Takoradi Polytechnic, Ghana (2013- date)         

4. Member, National Board of Directors, Co-operative Credit Unions Association (CUA) Ltd, Ghana (2016 - date)

5. Chairman, Board of Directors, Co-operative Credit Unions Association, Western Region, Ghana (2016 - date)

6. Chairman, Board of Directors, Minescho Co-operative Credit Union,Tarkwa (2012 – date)

7. Chairman, Board of Directors, Twifo Rural Bank, Ghana     (2015 – date)              

8. Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Co-operative Credit Unions Association, Western Region, Ghana. (2014 - 2016)

9. Member, Board of Directors, Co-operative Credit Unions Association, Western Region, Ghana (2012 – 2014)

10. Guest of Honour, 2nd Graduation Ceremony of Faith Montessori and Child Development Centre, Trakwa (2016).                                                

11.  Chief Judge at Tarkwa/Nsuaem Municipal Education Science Fair   , Tarkwa (2014)          

12. Chairman, Commissioning of an incinerator project at Fiaseman Senior High School, Tarkwa (2014)                                                                 

(c)  Sservice to the International Community  

  1. Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Energy and Environmental Science (2017)
  2. Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Mining Science (2017)
  3. Member, International Scientific Committee, 5th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, India (2016)
  4. Reviewer, Ghana Mining Journal (2009 - date)
  5. Reviewer, Chemical Engineering Journal (2010)
  6. MSME (Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration)(2000 - date)
  7. Chairman, Waste Utilisation in Construction 2 Session, 30th International (2015)
  8. Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A., March 15 - 18, 2015.
  9. Consultant, Access USA Lawyer Inc. (2013)            

 

(d)   Others

  1. Chairman, 2014 Easter Seminar, Sekondi-Takoradi Diocesan Laity Council (2014).
  2. Chairman, National Consultative Meeting, International Movement of Catholic Students, Ghana Federation (2013)
  3. Field Representative, Students and Youth Chapters, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI), Western Region, Ghana (2012)
  4. Patron, FGBMFI - UMaT  Student’s Chapter – Tarkwa (2009 – date)
  5. Patron, International Movement of Catholic Students, UMaT (2009 - date)