The Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) is one of the leading 13 Research Institutes of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the main Science and Technology Research and Development Institution of Ghana. The CSIR-IIR is Ghana’s foremost industrial research and development organization.

 

Researchers

Mr. Kisiedu Akufo-Kumi

Position: Principal Research Scientist

Email: kakufokumi@csir-iir.org, kakufokumi@gmail.com

Tel: (+233) 244-669867

 

SUMMARY/BIOGRAPHY
I am 57 years old Ghanaian. I was born on the 4th of August, 1959. I am a native of Akropong Akuapem in the Eastern Region. I am a Presbyterian by religion and I am married with four (4) children.
                                                                                                  
EDUCATION BACKGROUND

From

To

Institution

Degree

October 1995

June 1998

University of Ghana, Legon

M.Phil. Physics

October 11980

June 1985

University of Cape Coast

B.Sc. (Hons) Physics Dip. Ed

October 1977

June 1979

Okuapemman Sec. School, Akropong

GCE Advanced Level

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY


From

To

Institution

Designation 

July 1988

Date

CSIR-IIR

Prin. Research Scientist

Nov.1985

June 1988

Okuapemman Sec. School, Akropong

Physics Tutor

 

RESEARCH SUMMARY AND INTEREST  

  • Up-dating records on local ceramic raw materials using unclear-related analytical techniques such as X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence analysis for their mineralogy and elemental concentrations respectively;
  • Development and production of alumino-silicate refractories from local raw materials;
  • Design and construction of gas-fired ceramic firing kilns and furnaces
  • Design and construction of firewood/gas-fired hospital incinerators for incineration of hospital wastes.

PROJECTS/ACHIEVEMENTS/FUNDING AWARDS

  • (2016): “Renewable energy technology transfer (RETT) project on improved domestic cookstoves and mobile charcoal kiln”;
  • (Sept. – Oct. 2016): Analyses of Briquette samples from the International Water Management Institute;
  • ( Aug.- Oct. 2016): Laboratory analyses of selected locally manufactured cookstoves for the setting of benchmark using the Laboratory Emissions Monitoring System (LEMS);
  • (Jul.-Dec. 2015): Design and construction of Hospital incinerators for the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Clinic;
  • 2011: Design and construction of Hospital incinerators for the Nkroful Health Centre and Half Assini Government Hospital;
  • (March-June 2011);Leader of the team which wrote and defended a project proposal at the cost of forty-four Ghana Cedis GH₵44,000.00) for the construction of two (2) incinerators under the sponsorship of KOSMOS ENERGY GHANA for the Ellembelle and Jomoro District Hospitals
  • 2010: Design and construction of fire pots for the Seridem-Palm Company Limited at Asuom in the Kwaebibrim District;
  • 2010: Restructuring of the Mbroh Ceramics Limited in Winneba under the auspices of the British Council.
  • 2007: Design and construction of Hospital incinerators for the Ga East, Atiwa and Kwahu West District Hospitals.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
External examiner

  • external examiner to the graduate School of the kwame nkrumah university of science and technology: assessed the msc. Thesis and oral examination of mr. kwabena appiah boakye Titled:“Improvement of Setting Time and Early Strength Development of Pozzolana Cement through Chemical Activation” in partial fulfillment for the award of the M.Sc. Degree in Materials Engineering in June 2013.

National committee member

  • Chairman for the Working Group (WG) of ISO/TC 285 mirror committee responsible for drafting a working draft standards for stove testing for the entire Mirror Committee, Ghana Standards Authority, Accra, (March, 2014 –date)
  • Member of the Executive council of the Ghana national Cleaner Production Centre, (2012 – date).
  • Member of the Ghana Action Plan Lunching Committee of Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves at West End Hotel, Accra (October 2012).
  • Management Board member of H’ Mount Sinai Senior High School, Akropong Akuapem, Eastern Region, (2010 – 2014).
  • Member of the Internal Management Committee (IMC) of the CSIR- Institute of Industrial Research, (2002 – 2006), (8th Jan – 4th Feb. 2010, 7th Jul. – 6th Sep. 2010, 15th Mar. – 11th Apr. 2011, 2nd May – 5th Jul. 2012, 15th Jan. – 25th Feb 2012, 17th Feb. – 17th Mar. 2014), 1st Sept. – to date.

 

Membership of professional body

  • Member of Ghana Science Association
  • Member of the Ghana Institute of Physicists.

 

Teaching at university

  • Laboratory supervisor for an M.Phil. Student from Materials Engineering Department of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy  Degree in High Alumina Refractories (2014. (samples have been sent to the United Kingdom for further analyses);
  • Laboratory supervisor for two (2) final year undergraduate students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Faculty of Engineering Science of the University of Ghana, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2014);
  • Laboratory manager and supervisor for the Regional Testing & Knowledge Centre for clean cookstoves situated at the premises of CSIR-IIR (April 2013 – date);
  • Laboratory supervisor for two (2) final year undergraduate students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Faculty of Engineering Science of the University of Ghana, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2011 &2012);

 

                       
PUBLICATIONS
Refereed journals

  • Amoah, J.Y.,Akufo-Kumi, K., Oduro, W.O., Naa Norkor Baddoo, R., Animpong M.A.B. and Odoom, C. (2014): “Evaluation of some physical characteristics of mulberry cocoons production in Ghana”, International Journal of research in Agriculture Science, Vol. 11, Issue 5, ISSN (online): 2348-3997
  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Laryea, G.N.  Obiri, H.A., Amoah, J.Y., Oduro, W.O. and Boafo-Mensah, G.  (2014): “Design, construction and test operation of a thermal incinerator for medical waste at Abokobi Health Centre, Ghana”, Journal of Applied Science & Technology (JAST), Vol. 16, Nos. 1&2, pp. 59-66.
  • Ayensu, A., Owusu, A.  and Akufo-Kumi, K.  (2014): “Effect of stacking fault energy on steady-state creep rate of face centred cubic metals” Journal of Applied Science & Technology (JAST), Vol. 19, Nos. 1&2, pp. 69-75.
  • Obiri, H.A. and Akufo-Kumi, K. (2013): “Corrosion characteristics of aluminum alloys AA 1100-H18 and AA 3003-0”, Journal of the Ghana Institution of Engineers; Vol. 10, No. 2, Pages 10 
  • Boafo-Mensah, G., Ampomah-Benefo, K., Animpong, M.A.B., Oduro, W.O. Akufo-Kumi, K. and Laryea, G.N. (2013): “Thermal efficiency of charcoal cookstoves in Ghana”, Global Advance Research Journal of Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ISSN: 2315-5124) Vol. 2(3) pp. 102-110, March 2013.
  • Laryea, G. N.  and Akufo-Kumi, K.  (2011): “Combustion efficiency of a burner using pressure-swirl nozzle”, Journal of Applied Science & Technology (JAST), Vol. 16, Nos. 1&2, pp. 84-89
  • Akufo-Kumi, K.   and Ayensu-Gyeabour I, A.  (2009):  “Periodic heat wave determination of Thermal Diffusivity  of  clays”, Journal of Applied Science & Technology (JAST), Vol. 14, Nos. 1&2,  pp.111-116
  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Obiri, H.A. and Koranteng, J. (2009): “Instrumental analysis and classification of Awaso Bauxite”, Journal of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, Vol. 7, No. 1 2009, pp. 31-35.
  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Tetteh, D.M.B., Obiri, H.A. Brenya, E.F.  and Ayensu, A. (2008): “Development of alumino-silicate refractories in Ghana”. Journal of Applied Science & Technology (JAST), Vol. 13, Nos. 1&2, pp. 72-75.
  • Obiri, H.A.   Dzamboe, P.D., Amoah, J.Y., Akufo-Kumi, K.  and Tetteh, D.M.B.  “Survey on corrosion management in selected industries in Ghana”, Journal of the Ghana Institution of Engineers; Vol. 2, No. 2 2004, pp. 37-41.

 

Chapter in a Refereed Book

  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Obiri, H.A., Laryea, G.N. and Oduro, W.O. (2013): “Instrumental analysis and classification of Ekon Kaolin”, as a chapter in a book titled “Minerals Processing and Beneficiation” published by the NAM S&T Centre, (In press).

Approved Consultancy Report

  • Laryea, G. N., Akufo-Kumi, K., Obiri, H.A., Dzamboe, P. D., Aggrey I., Serwodor M., Osakonor C. and Ocran, L. (2014): “Report on Phillips stove model performance test on palm kernel husk, neem tree and saw dust pellets used as fuels for SNV Ghana”, pages 15

  • Laryea, G.N. and Akufo-Kumi, K.  (2014): “Report on Gyapa charcoal cookstove performance for the Gyapa Enterprises”, pages 10
  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Obiri, H.A., Laryea, G.N., Amoah, J.Y.  and Oduro, W.O.  (2011):“Report on construction of incinerators for the Nkroful Health Centre & half Assini Government Hospital under the auspices of the Kosmos Energy-Accra, Ghana”, pages 25
  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Obiri, H.A.  Amoah, J.Y.  and Oduro, W.O.  (2010): “Report on construction of 2 firepots & chimney and minor repairs on the 6 existing ones for the Seridem-Palm Company Limited, Kwaebibrim District, Asoum”, pages 17
  • Akufo-Kumi, K.  (2010): “Report the evaluation and servicing of the WHO/GHS/CSIR-IIR incinerators in particular the Atua Government Hospital incinerator in the Lower Manya Krobo District, pages 10
  • Akufo-Kumi, K.  and Sackey, P.A.L. (2007): “Technical report on the construction of Incinerator with locally produced refractory brick and mortar for the Ghana Health service”, pages 12
  • Akufo-Kumi, K.(2005): “Technical feasibility report on the Nzema East District clay deposits for the Nzema East District Assembly”, pages 10

 

Edited Research Reports

  • Akufo-Kumi, K. and Laryea, G.N.  (2013): “Evaluation report on the Stove Tech type of stove used for the WBT experiment at Aprovecho Research Centre, Cottage Grove, Oregon USA”, pages 6
  • Oduro, W.O., Koranteng, J., Tottimeh, G.O., Akufo-Kumi, K. and Animpong, M.A.B. (2012): “Synthesis and characterization of wood plastic composite panels from waste precursors”, pages 23
  • Akufo-Kumi K., Riverson, K. and Ampoma-Benefo, K. (2012): “Report on the group training for CSIR Research Scientist on information literacy training under the auspices of Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS)” at CSIR-INSTI, Accra, pages 5
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2010): “Final report on the restructuring exercise on Mbroh Ceramics Limited at Winneba for the British Council under the African Knowledge Transfer Partnership”, pages 7
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2010): “Technical Feasibility report for the New Juaben North Constituency clay deposit”, pages 10
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2010): “Technical Feasibility report for the New Juaben North Constituency clay deposit”, pages 10
  • Akufo-Kumi, K., Obiri, H.A. and Laryea, G. N. (2009):  “Instrumental analysis and classification of Ekon kaolin”
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. and Sackey, P.L.A. (2002):  “Design and construction of 1.5m3 down-draft gas-fired ceramic kiln for Safori Ceramic Works Ltd”
  • Tetteh, D.M.B., Akufo-Kumi, K., Brenya, E.F. and Sackey, P.L.A. (2001): “Report on working visit to the Arch Glass Factory, Kumasi”
  • Obiri, H.A., Akufo-Kumi, K. and Larbi-Bram, S.(1999): “Studies on Graphite Base Crucibles”
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (1999):  “Report on physical test on clay samples from WHINDO in the Western Region supplied by Ceramica Coderio”

Manual

  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2011): “Operating guidelines for wood fuel incinerator for Nkroful Health Centre and Half Assini Government Hospital”:
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2005): “Vacation Training Notes on Alumino-silicate            Refractories for University & Polytechnic Students studying ceramics”

 

  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2005): “CSIR-IIR Thermocouple Instruction Manual for the CSIR-FRI”
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (2013):National firewood cookstove festival organized by the Energy Commission, SNV Netherlands, CSIR-IIR and Ghana alliance of clean cookstoves (GHACCO.

 

Thesis

  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (1998): “Instrumental Analysis and Classification of some local Ceramic Raw Materials”. Submitted to the Physics Department, University of Ghana Legon for the MPil. Degree in Physics
  • Akufo-Kumi, K. (1985): “Determination of thermal diffusivity of soil using diurnal temperature wave”. Submitted to the Physics Department of the University of Cape Coast in partial fulfillment and requirement for the award of a BSc. (Hons.) Degree in physics

           

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & WORKSHOP

  • Group Training in Clean Cookstoves design and Testing, Aprovecho Research Centre, Cottage Grove, Oregon – USA, March 2013;
  • Improved Local Building Materials through Appropriate Machinery Fabrication Techniques; MWRWH/MEST in collaboration with Department of Rural Housing, 2012;
  • Group Training in Ceramic Kiln and Firing        Technology, Mino Yogyo Technical Research Laboratory, Nagoya-Japan, February 2001;
  • Group Training in the Application Technology for High Temperature Refractories, Mino Yogyo Technical Research Laboratory, Nagoya-Japan, March, 1990.
 

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