A lead scientist of the thermochemical biomass conversion program of the United States Department of Agriculture and adjunct professor of the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Dr. Akwasi Acheampong Boateng has paid a visit to the school of Engineering.

As part of the visit, a meeting was held with Lecturers and researchers to discuss issues of mutual interest in the areas of energy and natural resources.

Addressing stakeholders at the meeting, Dr. Boateng said he was honoured to be an associate of UENR saying the successes of his work were built on strong prior experience as an engineering faculty at two universities followed by a 10-year tenure in the high temperature minerals and materials processing industry. He added that the proceeds of lot of his publications which resulted in his book titled “Rotary Kilns: Transport Phenomena and Transport Processes” were brought back to Africa to aid development.

Dr. Boateng who works with the principal research arm of the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) said he successfully pioneered and built a research program on catalytic and non-catalytic pyrolysis for the production of fungible transportation fuels from agricultural residues and energy crops, contributing to the nations goals of meeting renewable energy. He explained that his research impacted and statured in clean energy technologies in over 30-years and resulted in 140 publications and over 108 published abstracts for national and international meetings.

He added that his publications have received over 6,500 citations and several invited talks in the areas of biofuels, chemistry and chemical reaction and reactor engineering among others. Dr. Boateng indicated that the visibility of his research has drawn to USDA over 90 University faculties, post-doctoral research associates, visiting scientist and graduate students nationally and internationally to carry research under his supervision for the past decades.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of UENR, Prof. Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong showed his delight with the presence of Dr. Boateng as an affiliate to UENR. He said the works and experience of Dr. Boateng indicates his commit and the quality of knowledge UENR would benefit from Dr. Boateng. He called on all patrons of the University to appreciate the new ideas the adjunct professor would bring on board to help improve the energy sectors in Ghana and asked the Graduate School to work more and develop frequent means of hosting him to enhance research work.

The Registrar, Mr. Solomon Panford expressed his pleasure towards the relationship between UENR and the Adjunct Professor, Dr. Boateng. He said the visit was timely as UENR operates satellite campuses in energy and natural resources sectors.