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Prof. Grace Ofori-Sarpong

gofori-sarpong@umat.edu.gh, goforisarp@gmail.com


Position

Lecturer

Department

Minerals Engineering

Research Interest

Mineral processing and extraction of metals, Mycohydrometallurgical applications to minerals extraction, Application of microorganism in the treatment of oil and mine waste. Environmental biotechnology, Microwaves in mineral extraction, Water quality monitoring and wastewater treatment




2010
PhD, Energy & Mineral Engineering (Penn State)

2002
MSc, Environmental Resources Management (KNUST)

1998
BSc(Hons), Metallurgical Engineering (KNUST)

2006--2010
The Pennsylvania State University, USA
1999--2002
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
1993--1998
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
2013--Date
International Women in Mining Community (WIM), UK
2006--date
Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, USA
2006--date
Member, Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ghana
2006--2011
Member, Graduate Women in Science, USA
2014
DIES Training on Internal Quality Assurance in Anglophone West Africa
2014
Best Female Lecturer of the Year
2014
Shell Ghana Award for a project on "?Strength Augmentation of Grinding Discs Used in Small-Scale Gold Mining Operation"?
2014
International Growth Centre Award for a project "?The Informalisation of Ghana"?s Small-scale Gold Mining Economy: Drivers and Policy Implications
2013
Lecturer Icon of the Year 2013, (Female Category) an Award given by SRC, UMaT, Tarkwa, Ghana.
2012
Australia-Africa Partnership Facility (AAPF) Award to participate in "?African Women in Mining and Development Study Tour in South Africa and Australia
2011
Development Partners in Higher Education (DelPHE), UK, Award for research on "?Artisanal Mining, Small-Holder Farming and Economic Development
2010
National Science Foundation, USA, Award for "?Research and Education on Buruli Ulcer"?
2009
Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship, Netherlands
2008
PEO International Peace Scholarship, USA
2006
Ghana Education Trust Fund Scholarship, Government of Ghana
2000
Ghana Government Scholarship
1985
Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) Scholarship
2010--date
Senior Lecturer
2002--2010
Lecturer
  1. Amankwah, R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong (2014), "A Lantern Retort for Small-Scale Gold Extraction", Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy, 2 5, 161-167

  2. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Abbey, C. E., Asamoah, R. K. and Amankwah, R. K. (2014), "Microwave-Magnetising Roasting using Sawdust as Reducing Agent", American Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2 2, 59-64

  3. 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, 1 1, 34-39

  4. 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

  5. Hilson, G. Amankwah R. K. and Ofori-Sarpong, G. (2013), "Going for Gold: Transitional Livelihoods in Northern Ghana", Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 51(1) , pp 109-137

  6. 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 1, pp. 38-44

  7. 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 1, pp. 27-33

  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., 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, 825 1, 427-430

  10. 4. Ofori-Sarpong, G, Osseo-Asare K., and Tien, M. (2011), "Fungal pretreatment of sulfides in refractory gold ores", Minerals Engineering, 24 0, 499-504

  11. Amankwah, R K and Ofori-Sarpong, G (2011), "Microwave heating of gold ores for enhanced grindability and cyanide amenability", Minerals Engineering, 24 6, 541-544

  12. Ofori-Sarpong, G, and Amankwah, R K (2011), "Comminution environment and gold particle morphology: Effects on gravity concentration", Minerals Engineering, 24 6, 590-592

  13. 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,, , 41, 3/4, 316-325.

  14. 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,, , 102, 66-72

  15. 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, 12 1, 43-48

  16. Amankwah, R K and Ofori-Sarpong, G (2009), "Relative Permittivities and Microwave Heating Response of Hausmannite (Mn3O4) and Manganosite (MnO)", Journal of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, , (in press)

  17. 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,, , 9, 44-52.

  18. Darabor, G. A. S. and Momade F. W. Y. (2003), "A survey of mining practices and environmental awareness of selected mining companies in Ghana,", Ghana Mining Journal,, , 7, 62-69.

  1. Asamoah, R K, Ofori-Sarpong, G, and Amankwah, R K (2012), "Biosorption of Heavy Metals from Wastewater Using Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo)", 2nd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, 56-61.
  2. Ofori-Sarpong, G., Tien, M. and Osseo-Asare, K. (2012), "Preliminary studies on cell-free biotreatment of refractory gold ores", 2nd UMaT Biennial International Mining and Mineral Conference, 463 " 471
  3. Ofori-Sarpong, G, Osseo-Asare K, and Tien, M (2011), "Fungal biotransformation of anthracite-grade carbonaceous matter: Effect on gold cyanide uptake", Biohydrometallurgy: Biotech key to unlock mineral resources value. 19th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, 445-451
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Amankwah, R K, Nartey, R S, Al-Hassan, S and Ofori-Sarpong, G (2008), "The Effect of Comminution Equipment on Gold Recovery in Small-Scale Mining Operations,", Small-scale Gold Mining, Mercury and Environmental Health, Reading, UK, Preprint No. 10
  8. Momade, F. W. Y. and Darabor, G. A. S. (2007), "Preliminary studies on the water quality of the active areas of the Ashanti gold belt.", In: The First International Conference on Environmental Research, Technology and Policy, ERTEP 2007,, Preprint Number B2.17
Ofori-Sarpong, G.(2013), Fungal Modification of Carbonaceous Matter and Sulphides In Gold Ores Scholars' Press, ISBN-13: 978-3639702149, 190 pp
2014--
Organiser, Online Journal Workshop for Senior Members of UMaT
2013/2014--2014/2015
Vice Dean, Planning and Quality Assurance Unit
2013/2014--2014/2015
Head, Petroleum Engineering Department
2013/2014--2014/2015
Member, Library Committee
2013/2014--2014/2015
Part-Time Senior Lecturer, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi
2013--
Organiser, Guest Lecture for African Ministry of Mines Officials on Study Tour at the UMaT Auditorium, Tarkwa
2012--
University Examinations Coordinator
2012--
Faculty Examinations Officer, FMRT
2012--Date
Reviewer, International Journal of Mineral Processing
2012--Date
Reviewer, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
2012--Date
Organiser, Journal of Agriculture and Biodiversity Research
2012--Date
Reviewer, UMaT International Conference
2011--2012
Investigator, NSF (USA) funded project on research and education on Buruli Ulcer
2010--2010
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--date
Reviewer, Minerals Engineering Journal
2010--date
Reviewer, Bentham Science Publishers
2008--date
Assistant Course Director, Safety and Environmental Awareness (SEA)
2008--2008
Member of the international team that developed the proposal for funding a study on Resilience in Small-scale Gold Mining in Ghana
2008--2009
Peer mentor for International Students at Penn State University, USA
2008--2010
Guest Speaker at EME colloquium (Penn State University)
2007--2010
Teaching Assistant in Aqueous Processes, Penn State University, USA,
2007--date
Investigator, Process Innovations
2007--date
Reviewer, Hydrometallurgy journal
2007--2010
Guest Speaker at MatSE 560 Aqueous Processing Mini-symposium (Pennsylvania State University)
2006--2006
Member, Review on regulations on conduct of examination at UMaT
2005--2006
Examinations Officer, Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology, University of Mines and Technology
2005--2005
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--2006
Member, Syllabus Review Committee, Mineral Engineering Department
2004--2006
Treasurer, University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), University of Mines and Technology branch
2004--2005
Member, Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) Proposal Committee, UMaT
2004--2006
Member, Loans Committee of the Minescho Credit Union Association, University of Mines and Technology branch
2004--2005
Member/Secretary, MSc Curriculum Development Committee for Mineral Engineering Department
2004--2004
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
Role Model and Motivational Speaker at the STME Clinic for Nzema East District, Nkroful Secondary School, Ghana
2004--2004
Role Model, Girls changing the world through science, organized by US Peace Corps at Nkroful Agricultural Secondary School
2004--2004
Examiner-SSS Core Mathematics, West African Examination Council, Sekondi, W/R, Ghana
2003--2006
Assistant Course Director, Metallurgical plant operations and control
2003--2005
Examinations Officer, Department of Mineral Engineering, University of Mines and Technology
2003--2004
Lecturer-in-charge, Mineral Dressing Laboratory, Western University College of KNUST
2001--2001
Part of a team that delivered lectures on gold extraction for mine workers from Burkina Faso
2007--date
Biotransformation of complex ores by fungi and bacteria
2007--date
Purification of wastewater using microbial and plant matter
2006--date
Microwaves in extractive metallurgy
2005--date
Biosorption of heavy metals from wastewater
2000--date
Awareness of environmental and safety issues by Mining Companies
1999--date
Water quality monitoring and management
1998--date
Detoxification of cyanide-containing wastewater
Mineral Processing
Pyrometallurgy
Plant Environment and Safety
Metallurgical Plant Design and Control
Extractive Metallurgy
Ferrous Metallurgy
Numerical Analysis
Hydrometallurgical Applications
Assaying
Process Control
Process Instrumentations
Metallurgical Thermodynamics
Principles of Metallurgical Engineering
Aqueous Processes
Biotechnology
Metallurgy
Bioprocessing of Minerals
Hydrometallurgy
Comminution
Hydrometallurgy of Precious Metals
Ore Handling
Introduction to Minerals Engineering
Metallurgical Plant Design and Operations
2008--2008
Intern, Bacterial Oxidation Plant, Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Ltd
2001--2002
Demonstrator, Mineral Engineering Dept, Western University College of KNUST, Tarkwa
2000--2000
Trainee, Environmental Section, AGC Iduapriem Gold Mine, Tarkwa
1999--2000
Demonstrator, Metallurgical Engineering Dept, IMME, KNUST, Kumasi
1999--1999
Technician & Acting Chemist, Transworld laboratory
1998--1999
Teaching Assistant, Mineral Technology Dept, KNUST Sch. of Mines, Tarkwa
1997--1997
Trainee, Metallurgical Section, Ghanaian Australian Goldfields Ltd, Tarkwa
1996--1996
Trainee, Central Metallurgical Laboratory and BIOX Plant, Ashanti Goldfields Ltd, Obuasi
1994--1994
Trainee, Foundry, Fabrication and Wood work, GRATIS Project