Assoc. Prof. Grace Ofori-Sarpong

ACADEMIC DEGREES EARNED

  1. PhD, Energy & Mineral Engineering (Penn State), 2010
  2. MSc, Environmental Resources Management (KNUST), 2002
  3. BSc(Hons), Metallurgical Engineering (KNUST), 1998

 

INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

  1. The Pennsylvania State University, USA, (2006 - 2010)
  2. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, (1999 - 2002)
  3. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, (1993 - 1998)

 

PROFESSIONAL BODY MEMBERSHIP

  1. Member, Ladies in Mining and Allied Professions in Ghana (LiMAP-Gh), (2016-Date)
  2. Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), (2014 - Date)
  3. Member, International Women in Mining Community (IWIM), UK, (2013 - Date)
  4. Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, (SME), USA, (2006 - Date)
  5. Member, Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ghana, (GhIE), (2006 - Date)
  6. Member, Graduate Women in Science, (GWIS), USA, (2006 - Date)

 

AWARDS

  1. DIES Training on Internal Quality Assurance in Anglophone West Africa, 2014-2016
  2. Letter of Appreciation from UMaT Management on Effective and Efficient Leadership of Petroleum Engineering Department (2013/14-2014/15)
  3. Best Female Lecturer of the Year, 2014
  4. Shell Ghana Award for a project on "?Strength Augmentation of Grinding Discs Used in Small-Scale Gold Mining Operation"?, 2014
  5. International Growth Centre Award for a project "?The Informalisation of Ghana"?s Small-scale Gold Mining Economy: Drivers and Policy Implications, 2014
  6. Lecturer Icon of the Year 2013, (Female Category) an Award given by SRC, UMaT, Tarkwa, Ghana., 2013
  7. Australia-Africa Partnership Facility (AAPF) Award to participate in "?African Women in Mining and Development Study Tour in South Africa and Australia, 2012
  8. Development Partners in Higher Education (DelPHE), UK, Award for research on "?Artisanal Mining, Small-Holder Farming and Economic Development, 2011
  9. National Science Foundation, USA, Award for "?Research and Education on Buruli Ulcer"?, 2010
  10. Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship, Netherlands, 2009
  11. PEO International Peace Scholarship, USA, 2008
  12. Ghana Education Trust Fund Scholarship, Government of Ghana, 2006
  13. Ghana Government Scholarship, 2000
  14. Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) Scholarship, 1985

 

ACADEMIC RANKS HELD

  1. Associate Professor (2014 - date)
  2. Senior Lecturer (2010 - 2014)
  3. Lecturer (2002 - 2010)

 

SUBJECTS AREA

  1. Biotechnology in Minerals Engineering
  2. Mycohydrometallurgical Applications
  3. Hydrometallurgy of Precious Metals
  4. Assaying
  5. Aqueous Processes

 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS PROJECT WORK/THESIS/RESEARCH

  1. 2 Candidates, (PhD)
  2. 6 Masters Thesis, (MSc/MPhil)
  3. 46 Undergraduate Project Works, (BSc)

 

OTHER PROFESSIONALLY RELATED EXPERIENCE

  1. Intern, Bacterial Oxidation Plant, Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Ltd
  2. Demonstrator, Mineral Engineering Dept, Western University College of KNUST, Tarkwa
  3. Trainee, Environmental Section, AGC Iduapriem Gold Mine, Tarkwa
  4. Demonstrator, Metallurgical Engineering Dept, IMME, KNUST, Kumasi
  5. Technician & Acting Chemist, Transworld laboratory
  6. Teaching Assistant, Mineral Technology Dept, KNUST Sch. of Mines, Tarkwa
  7. Trainee, Metallurgical Section, Ghanaian Australian Goldfields Ltd, Tarkwa
  8. Trainee, Central Metallurgical Laboratory and BIOX Plant, Ashanti Goldfields Ltd, Obuasi
  9. Trainee, Foundry, Fabrication and Wood work, GRATIS Project

 

RESEARCH CONDUCTED

  1. Biotransformation of complex ores by fungi and bacteria (2007 - date)
  2. Purification of wastewater using microbial and plant matter (2007 - date)
  3. Microwaves in extractive metallurgy (2006 - date)
  4. Biosorption of heavy metals from wastewater (2005 - date)
  5. Awareness of environmental and safety issues by Mining Companies (2000 - date)
  6. Water quality monitoring and management (1999 - date)
  7. Detoxification of cyanide-containing wastewater (1998 - date)

 

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  1. Marfo, S. A., Appah, D., Joel, O. F. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2016), “Modelling Gelation Time of Organically Crosslinked Water-Shutoff Systems for Oil Wells”, Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology. 7:267. http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7463.1000267
  2. Broni-Bediako, E., Joel, O. F. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2015), “Comparative Study of Local Cements with Imported Class ‘G’ Cement at Different Temperatures for Oil Well Cementing Operations in Ghana”. J. Pet Environ Biotechnol 6: 233. doi:10.4172/2157-7463.1000233
  3. Broni-Bediako, E., Joel, O. F. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2015), “Evaluation of the Performance of Local Cements with Imported Class ‘G’ Cement for Oil Well Cementing Operations in Ghana”, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 78 - 84.
  4. Konadu, K. T., Sasaki, K., Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare, K. and Kaneta, T. (2015) "Bio-Modification of Carbonaceous Matters in Gold Ore: Model Experiments Using Powdered Activated Charcoal and Cell-Free Extracts of Phanerochaete chrysosporium", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 1130, pp. 109-113.
  5. Amankwah, R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2014), “A Lantern Retort for Small-Scale Gold Extraction”, International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy, Vol. 2, No. 5, pp. 161-167.

  6. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Abbey, C. E., Asamoah, R. K. and Amankwah, R. K. (2014), “Bauxite Enrichment by Microwave-Magnetising Roasting using Sawdust as Reducing Agent”, American Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 59-64.

  7. Hilson, G., Amankwah, R. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2013). “Going for Gold:  Transitional Livelihoods in Northern Ghana”. The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 51, pp. 109-127.

  8. Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2013), “Fungal-Transformation of Surrogate Sulphides and Carbonaceous Matter in Refractory Gold Ores”, Ghana Mining Journal, pp. 51 - 60.

  9. Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Osseo-Asare, K. (2013), “Preg-robbing of Gold from Cyanide and Non-Cyanide Complexes: Effect of Fungi Pretreatment of Carbonaceous Matter”, International Journal of Mineral Processing, Vol. 119, pp. 27-33.

  10. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Amankwah, R. K. and Osseo-Asare, K. (2013), “Reduction of Preg-robbing by Biomodified Carbonaceous Matter – A Proposed Mechanism”, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 42, pp. 29–35.

  11. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osei, K. and Amankwah, R. K. (2013), “Ascertaining the Acid Mine Drainage Potential of a Mineral Concession in South-Western Ghana”, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 34-39.

  12. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare K, and Tien, M (2013), “Pretreatment of Refractory Gold Ores using Cell-Free Extracts of Phanerochaete chrysosporium: a Preliminary Study”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 825, pp. 427-430.

  13. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare, K. and Tien, M. (2013), “Mycohydrometallurgy: Biotransformation of Double Refractory Gold Ores by the Fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium”, Hydrometallurgy, Vol. 137, pp. 38–44.

  14. Amankwah, R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2011), “Microwave Heating of Gold Ores for Enhanced Grindability and Cyanide Amenability” Minerals Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 541-544.

  15. Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Amankwah, R. K. (2011), “Comminution Environment and Gold Particle Morphology: Effects on Gravity Concentration”, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 590-592.

  16. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare K. and Tien, M., (2011), “Fungal Pretreatment of Sulfides in Refractory Gold Ores”, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 24, pp. 499–504.

  17. 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, 1, pp. 43 - 48.

  18. Amankwah R. K., Al Hassan S. and Nartey R. S. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2010), “The Effect of Comminution Equipment on Gravity Gold Recovery in Small-Scale Mining Operations”, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 41, No. 3/4, pp. 316-325.

  19. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Tien, M., and Osseo-Asare K. (2010), “Myco-hydrometallurgy: Coal Model for Potential Reduction of Preg-Robbing Capacity of Carbonaceous Gold Ores using the Fungus”, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Hydrometallurgy, Vol. 102, pp. 66-72.

  20. Amankwah, R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2007), “Utilization of Microwave Energy in the Calcination and Agglomeration of Nsuta Manganese Carbonate Ore, Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 44-52.

 

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

 

  1. Marfo, S. A., Appah, D., Joel, O. F. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2015), “Sand Consolidation Operations, Challenges and Remedy”, In: Procedings of the SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria, DOI: 10.2118/178306-MS.
  2. Adam, M., Asamoah, R. K., Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Amankwah, R. K. (2014), “Preg-robbing Characteristics of Gold Ores in Ghana”, In: Proceedings of the 3rd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 192–196.
  3. Adjei, D. K., Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Amankwah, R. K. (2014), “Effect of Distillation Length on the Performance of Lantern Retort”, In: Proceedings of the 3rd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 197-203.

  4. Baawuah, E. Fosu, B., Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Addai-Mensah, J. (2014), “Influence of Alkaline Type on Quartz Pulp Particle Interactions and Interfacial Chemistry in Aqueous Media”, In: Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 220-227.

  5. Fosu, B., Asamoah, R. K., Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Addai-Mensah, J. (2014), “Effect of PicaGold and ChemQuest Activated Carbon Blend Ratios and Pulp Density on Gold Adsorption – A Case Study at Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL), Ahafo Mine”,In: Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 266-272.

  6. Konadu, K. T., Abaka-Wood, G. B. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2014), “Gold Loses due to Silt Formation in Leaching Tanks”, In: Proceedings of the 3rd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 289-293.

  7. Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Osseo-Asare, K. (2014), “Mycohydrometallurgy: Application of  Fungi in Hydrometallurgy - A Review”, In: Proceedings of the 3rd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 315-331.

  8. Omanano, I. P., Abaka-Wood, G. B. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2014), “Determination of  Blend Ratios of Activated Carbon for Enhanced Gold Recovery within Optimized Slurry Densities”, In: Proceedings of the 3rd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 348-352.

  9. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Amankwah, R. K. and Hilson, G. (2013), “Gold, Subsistence Agriculture and Transitional Livelihoods in Northern Ghana”, In: Proceedings of the Conference on the Future of Small-Scale Mining in sub-Saharan Africa - A Rocky Road Ahead?, University of Surrey, Preprint Number 6.

  10. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare K, and Tien, M (2013). “Pretreatment of Refractory Gold Ores Using Cell-Free Extracts of Phanerochaete chrysosporium: A Preliminary Study”, In: Integration of Scientific and Industrial Knowledge on Biohydrometallurgy, Vol. 1, Proceedings of the 20th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, Guiliani, N., Demergasso, C., Quatrini, R., Remonsellez, F., Davis-Belmar, C., Levican, G., Parada, P., Barahona C and Zale, R. (Eds.), Antofagasta, Chili.

  11. Abbey C.E., Gordon J. J. K., Ofori-Sarpong G. and Amankwah R. K. (2012), “Small-scale Mining and Small-Holder Farming in Kui – Lessons in Livelihood Diversification in a Predominantly Farming Community”, In: The quest for pragmatic solutions to complex health and environmental problems of small-scale mining, Proceedings of the Second Workshop Small-Scale Mining, Kumasi, Ghana, from 27- 30 June 2012.

  12. Asamoah, R. K., Ofori-Sarpong, G., and Amankwah, R. K. (2012), “Biosorption of Heavy Metals from Wastewater Using Bambusa vulgaris (Bamboo)”, In: Proceedings of the 2nd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 56-61.

  13. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Amankwah, R. K. and Osseo-Asare, K. (2012), “Attenuation of Aurocyanide Adsorption by Biomodified Carbons: Elucidating the Mechanism of Fungal Biomodification”, In: Proceedings of the 2nd UMaT Biennial Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 228-241.

  14. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Tien, M. and Osseo-Asare, K. (2012), “Preliminary Studies on Cell-Free Biotreatment of Refractory Gold Ores”, In: Proceedings of the 2nd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp. 463-471.

  15. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare K, and Tien, M. (2011), “Fungal Biotransformation of Anthracite-Grade Carbonaceous Matter: Effect on Gold Cyanide Uptake”, In: Biohydrometallurgy: Biotech Key to Unlock Mineral Resources Value, Vol. 1, Proceedings of the 19th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, Qiu, G., Jiang, T., Qin, W., Liu, X., Yang, Y. and Wang, H. (Eds.), Central South University Press, Changsha, China, pp. 445-451.

  16. Amankwah, R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2010), “The Lantern Retort – A New Retort For Small-Scale Gold Extraction”, In: Proceedings of Precious Metals’ 10, Conference, Falmouth, UK, Preprint No 23.

  17. Amankwah, R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2010), “Microwave heating of gold ores for enhanced grindability and cyanide amenability”, In: Proceedings of the Precious Metals’ 10 Conference, Falmouth, UK, Preprint Paper No. 8.

  18. Ofori-Sarpong, G. and Amankwah, R. K. (2010), “Morphology of Gold Particles Generated in Different Grinding Environments: Implications on Particle Separation”, In: Proceedings of the Precious Metals’ 10 Conference, Falmouth, UK, Preprint Paper No. 7.

  19. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Osseo-Asare K., and Tien, M., (2010), “Biotransformation of Sulfides using the Fungus, Phanerochaete Chrysosporium: A Potential Pretreatment Process for Refractory Sulfidic Gold Ores”, In: Proceedings of the Precious Metals’ 10 Conference, Falmouth, UK, Preprint Paper No. 19.

 

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS/ REVIEWS

  1. Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2013), "Fungal Modification of Carbonaceous Matter and Sulphides In Gold Ores", Scholars' Press, ISBN-13: 978-3639702149, 190 pp

 

RECORD OF SERVICE

  1. Vice Dean, Planning and Quality Assurance Unit (2016-2018)
  2. Head, Petroleum Engineering Department (2016-2018)
  3. Head,Environmental and Safety Engineering Department (2015/2016)
  4. Vice Dean, Planning and Quality Assurance Unit (2013/2014 - 2015/2016)
  5. Head, Petroleum Engineering Department (2013/2014 - 2014/2015)
  6. Member, Library Committee (2013/2014 - 2015/2016)
  7. Part-Time Senior Lecturer, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi (2013/2014 - 2014/2015)
  8. Organiser, Online Journal Workshop for Senior Members of UMaT (2014)
  9. Organiser, Guest Lecture for African Ministry of Mines Officials on Study Tour at the UMaT Auditorium, Tarkwa (2013)
  10. University Examinations Coordinator (2012 - 2013)
  11. Faculty Examinations Officer, FMRT (2012 - 2013)
  12. Reviewer, Hydrometallurgy Journal (2008 - Date)
  13. Reviewer, International Journal of Mineral Processing (2012 - Date)
  14. Reviewer, Minerals Engineering International (2010 - date)
  15. Reviewer, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2012 - Date)
  16. Reviewer, Transaction of Non-Ferrous Metals Society of China (2015 - Date)
  17. Reviewer, Journal of Agriculture and Biodiversity Research (2012 - Date)
  18. Reviewer, UMaT International Conference (2012 - Date)
  19. Reviewer, Ghana Mining Journal (2014 - Date)
  20. Reviewer, Bentham Science Publishers (2010 - date)
  21. Investigator, NSF (USA) funded project on research and education on Buruli Ulcer (2011 - 2012)
  22. Member of the international team that developed the Strategic Plan for the Africa-U.S. Network of Centers of Excellence in Water and Environmental Science and Technology under the auspices of USAID (2010 - 2010)
  23. Assistant Course Director, Safety and Environmental Awareness (SEA) (2008 - date)
  24. Member of the international team that developed the proposal for funding a study on Resilience in Small-scale Gold Mining in Ghana (2008 - 2008)
  25. Peer mentor for International Students at Penn State University, USA (2008 - 2009)
  26. Guest Speaker at EME colloquium (Penn State University) (2008 - 2010)
  27. Teaching Assistant in Aqueous Processes, Penn State University, USA, (2007 - 2010)
  28. Investigator, Process Innovations (2007 - date)
  29. Reviewer, Hydrometallurgy journal (2007 - date)
  30. Guest Speaker at MatSE 560 Aqueous Processing Mini-symposium (Pennsylvania State University) (2007 - 2010)
  31. Member, Review on regulations on conduct of examination at UMaT (2006 - 2006)
  32. Examinations Officer, Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology, University of Mines and Technology (2005 - 2006)
  33. Role Model and Guest Speaker on the topic "?Mining and the Environment", at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Fiaseman Secondary School, Tarkwa, Wassa West District, Ghana (2005 - 2005)
  34. Member, Syllabus Review Committee, Mineral Engineering Department (2005 - 2006)
  35. Treasurer, University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), University of Mines and Technology branch (2004 - 2006)
  36. Member, Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) Proposal Committee, UMaT (2004 - 2005)
  37. Member, Loans Committee of the Minescho Credit Union Association, University of Mines and Technology branch (2004 - 2006)
  38. Member/Secretary, MSc Curriculum Development Committee for Mineral Engineering Department (2004 - 2005)
  39. Role Model and Judge for science exhibition at the Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) Clinic for Wassa West District, Tarkwa Secondary School, Ghana (2004 - 2004)
  40. Role Model and Motivational Speaker at the STME Clinic for Nzema East District, Nkroful Secondary School, Ghana (2004 - 2004)
  41. Role Model, Girls changing the world through science, organized by US Peace Corps at Nkroful Agricultural Secondary School (2004 - 2004)
  42. Examiner-SSS Core Mathematics, West African Examination Council, Sekondi, W/R, Ghana (2004 - 2004)
  43. Assistant Course Director, Metallurgical plant operations and control (2003 - 2006)
  44. Examinations Officer, Department of Mineral Engineering, University of Mines and Technology (2003 - 2005)
  45. Lecturer-in-charge, Mineral Dressing Laboratory, Western University College of KNUST (2003 - 2004)
  46. Part of a team that delivered lectures on gold extraction for mine workers from Burkina Faso (2001 - 2001)