Engr. Dr. David Azanu

Engr. Dr. David Azanu
Staff Grade: 
Brief Bio: 

I am a daring chemist with the necessary knowledge and skills for excellence and want to help make the world a better place for all.

Education: 

PhD. Analytical Chemistry - KNUST, August 2012 – June 2016

MSc. Analytical Chemistry - KNUST, August 2008 – February 2011

BSc. (Chemistry) - KNUST, August 2003 – June 2007

 

 

Professional Membership: 
Member; Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2017- date) Corporate Member, Institute of Engineering Technology, Ghana (2017- date) Member; Ghana Chemical Society, Ghana (2011- date) Member; Convention of Biomedical Research in Ghana, Ghana (2011- date) Member; Pan- Africa Chemistry Network (2017- date)
Research Interests: 

1. Toxicology

a. Food toxicology

  • Calcium carbide treatment of cavendish banana: consumers and producers perception studies, biochemical

  • and sensory evaluation

  • Assessment of the health risk due to consumption of bentonite clay

  • Microbial and chemical contamination of coconut fruit packed in polyethene bags sold in some selected

  • towns in Ghana

  • Use of Sudan IV dyes in food production

  • Bleaching agents in cosmetics in Ghana

  • Use of salt petre in food production in Ghana

b. Environmental toxicology

  • Occurrence of emerging pollutants

  • Phytoremediation of emerging contaminants using phytoplankton

  • Ecological modelling of the fate of emerging pollutant in the environment

  • Water analysis

2. Nutraceuticals

  • Physico-chemical properties studies of some selected plants gum exudates in Ghana

  • Nutraceuticals identification in indigenous fruits in Ghana

3. Instrumentation and engineering

  • Design and fabrication of simple laboratory equipment

  • Inter-laboratory comparison studies of laboratory instruments and methodologies

Teaching Areas: 

Lecturer – Department of Laboratory Technology, Kumasi Technical University, July 2017

  1. HND Medical Laboratory at Department of Laboratory Technology

      Courses taught

  • MLT 333 Health and Safety
  • MLT 102: Instrumental and Laboratory Management
  • MLT 249: Laboratory Instrumentation
  1. HND Science and Industrial Laboratory Technology at Department of Laboratory Technology

      Courses taught

  • SLT 211 Instrumentation Science and Technology I
  • SLT 213 Instrumentation Science and Technology I Practical
  • SLT 212 Instrumentation Science and Technology II
  • SLT 214 Instrumentation Science and Technology II Practical
  • SLT 342 Laboratory Workshop Processes (Glassblowing)
  • SLT 213 Chemistry IV Practical
  • SLT 134 General Laboratory Safety

Lecturer – Chemical Engineering Department, Kumasi Technical University, November, 2016 – July 2017

B.TECH Chemical Engineering at Department of Chemical Engineering

Courses taught

  • CHE 412: Analytical Instrumentation
  • CHE 414: Quality Management

HND Chemical Engineering

  • CME 103 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CME 107 Physical Chemistry
  • CME 114 Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry Practical
  • CME 104: Mineral Processing Technology

 

Lecturer – Chemical Engineering Department, Kumasi Polytechnic, November, 2011 – October, 2014

B.TECH Chemical Engineering at Department of Chemical Engineering

Courses taught

  • CHE 412: Analytical Instrumentation
  • CHE 414: Quality Management

HND Chemical Engineering

  • CME 103 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CME 107 Physical Chemistry
  • CME 114 Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry Practical
  • CME 104: Mineral Processing Technology

 

CURRENT LECTURERING WORK TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN KsTU

Department of Civil Engineering, KsTU

M.TECH Water and Environmental Engineering

Course taught

  • CVE 601: Environmental Chemistry and Biotechnology

Chemical Engineering Department, KsTU

B.TECH Chemical Engineering at Department of Chemical Engineering

Courses taught

  • CHE 412: Analytical Instrumentation
  • CHE 414: Quality Management
Conferences Attended: 
  1. D. Azanu, S. K. Kyei, A. Oppong, 2016, Street sugarcane vendors’ practices, metals and microbial levels of sugarcane sold in Kumasi, Ghana. In: Proceedings of the 1st Food fraud conference on Combating Food Fraud: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, Kumasi, Ghana (27th January, 2016)
  2. D. Azanu, and G. Darko, 2015, Health risk hazard and ecotoxicological model for toxic metals in fish raised from sewage-fed aquaculture. In: Proceedings of the 18th Annual conference and general meeting Ghana Chemical Society on solving Ghana’s energy and environmental challenges: the role of the chemist, Cape Coast, Ghana (27th – 28th August, 2015)
  3. D. Azanu and R. B. Voegborlo (2013) Sorption of inorganic mercury on soils from the Ankobra Basin in the South-western part of Ghana. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Toxicology Symposium in Africa, Kumasi, Ghana (12th – 13th September, 2013)
  4. D. Azanu, B. Styrishave and G. Darko, 2013, Characterization and uptake of pharmaceuticals in Environment to Plants. In: Proceedings of the 6th Ghana Biomed Conference on Communicating Health and science for a Better Africa (GBC 2013), Kumasi, Ghana (29th – 31st July, 2013)
  5. D. Azanu, P. Tschakert, R. Amankwah, S. Gawu, H. Hausermann, E, Klutse, F. Nyame, J. Oppong, E. Parker, K. Singha, E. Smithwick, R. B. Voegborlo, A. Ward, L. Bug, C. Abbey, 2011. The human- environmental relationships influencing Buruli ulcer outbreaks in Ghana. In: Proceedings of the 4th Ghana Biomed Conference on Harnessing Biomedical science for national development (GBC 2011), Kumasi, Ghana (27th -29th July, 2011)
Publications: 
  1. Azanu, D., Jørgensen, S.E., Darko, G., Styrishave, B. and Abiadoo, R. C. (2019). Antibiotics uptake by plants model. Environmental Modeling and Assessment. (Accepted)
  2. Odai, B. T., Tano-Debrah, K., Addo, K. K., Saalia, F. K., Akyeh, M. L., Torgby-Tetteh, W., Nii-Odartey Mills, S. W. and Azanu, D. (2019). The role of gamma irradiation and storage at 28 ± 2 °C on the inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in sun-dried Legon-18 pepper (Capsicum annuum) powder. International Journal of Food Contamination, 6:1-9.
  3. Azanu, D., Oppong, A. Darko, C. Bondzie, S. and Owusu-Ansah, G. (2019). Physio-chemical properties of some selected plants gum exudate in Ghana. EC Pharmacology and Toxicology. 7: 520-526
  4. Azanu, D.. Oppong, A. and Setordzie, G (2018). Interlaboratory Comparison Exercise for the Determination of Cu and Pb in Ghana. International Conference on Applied Science and Technology. 5: 11-19
  5. Oppong, A., Azanu, D., Ofori, L. A. (2018). Assessment of sugarcane grown in wetlands polluted with waste water. Cogent Environmental Science, 4: 145527.
  6. Azanu, D., Styrishave, B., Darko, G., Weisser, J. J. and Abiadoo, R. C. (2018). Occurrence and risk assessment of antibiotics in water and lettuce in Ghana. Science of Total Environment. 622-623: 293-305.
  7. Darko, G., Ansah, E., Faanu, A. and Azanu, D. (2017). Natural radioactivity and heavy metal distribution in reservoirs in Ghana. Pollution, 3: 225-241.
  8. Azanu, D., Mortey, C., Darko, G., Weisser, J.J., Styrishave, B.,Abiadoo, R.C. (2016). Uptake of Antibiotics from irrigation water by plants. Chemosphere. 157, 107-114
  9. Darko, G., Azanu, D., Logo N. K., (2016). Accumulation of toxic metals in fish raised from sewage-fed aquaculture and estimated health risks associated with their consumption. Cogent Environmental Science. DOI: .doi.org/10.1080/23311843.2016.1190116
  10. Azanu, D., Jørgensen, S.E., Darko, G., Styrishave, B., (2016). Simple metal model for predicting uptake and chemical processes in sewage-fed aquaculture ecosystem. Ecological Modelling, 139: 130-136
  11. Adengala, J. K., Voegborlo, R. B., Azanu, D. and Adam, J. I. (2016) Distribution of total lead, copper, zinc and cadmium in soils along the highway from Tafo to Aboaso in Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Journal of Science and Technology, 36: 61-74
  12. Hagarty, J., Azanu, D., Atosona, B., Voegborlo, R., Smithwick, E. A. H., Singha, K., (2015). Chemistry of natural waters and its relation to Buruli ulcer in Ghana. J. Hydrol. Reg. Stud. 3, 457–472.
  13. Azanu, D., Kyei, S.K., Oppong, A., (2015). Street Sugar Cane Vendors Practices, Metals and Microbial Levels of Sugarcane Sold in Kumasi, Ghana. Int. J. Sci. Technol. 4, 99–104.
  14. Azanu, D., Acheampong, M. A. and Woode, M. Y. (2014) Heavy metals and organochlorine pesticides residue levels in natural spices sold in Kumasi, Ghana by, IJEST, Vol. 2 pp. 130- 135
  15. Woode, M. Y., Acheampong, M. Y. and Azanu, D. (2014) Optimal conditions for Ammonia leaching of Copper/Chalcocite- Rimmed Pyrite: Part 2, IJERT, Vol. 3 pp. 2049-2053
  16. Azanu, D and Voegborlo, R. B., (2013). Sorption of inorganic mercury on soils from the Ankobra Basin in the South-western part of Ghana. Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 33, pp 1-15