Staff Profiles

Dr. Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi

Dr. Emmanuel Appiah-KubiPosition: Research Scientist
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Professional field of interest

Determination of physical, durability and mechanical strength properties of wood and wood-based composite products for efficient utilization. Product development and modification of wood to improve strength properties. Conducts research into non-timber forest products (NTFP) such as bamboo as alternatives to wood too reduce the overexploitation of timber in Ghana. Research into the use of locally available raw materials (wood, bamboo, sawdust and other forest residues, laterite) to build ecological and green houses and also for affordable housing in Ghana. Wood culture, history and traditional use of various wood species to inform current design and use of wood.

Professional background

September 2012 – October 2015: PhD Civil Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
2006 – 2009: MPhil Civil Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. 
2001 - 2005: BSc. Civil Engineering. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

Research Projects

  • Set-up and and accreditation of test laboratory for the wood industry in Ghana. Project is on-going. Funded by SECO, Switzerland. 
  • Development of building blocks made of stabilized laterite and agricultural residues as an environmentally friendly alternative to cement blocks in Kumasi, Ghana.
  • Utilization of Sawmill residues in Ghana: Production of panel products from sawdust. A Government of Ghana (GOG) funded research project aimed at using residues (sawdust) from the wood processing companies for producing panel products.
  • Assessing the wood quality of plantation grown mahogany in Ghana; a component of “ TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INDIGENOUS MAHOGANY TIMBER PRODUCTION IN GHANA: Phase II, Refining The Silvicultural “Tool Kit” And Practical Training For Industrial – Foresters And Community Farmers”  FUNDED BY ITTO PD528/08Rev.1 (F).
  • Determination of Technological properties for Bamboo for affordable housing in Ghana. Funded by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). 
  • Capacity building of scientists, technicians and artisans for bamboo research and utilization in housing in Ghana. Funded by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). 

Selected Publications

Tekpetey, S.L., Essien, C., Appiah-Kubi, E., Opuni-Frimpong, E. and Korang, J. (2016). Evaluation of the chemical composition and natural durability of natural and plantation grown African Mahogany Khaya ivorensis A. Chev. in Ghana. J Indian Acad Wood Sci 13 (2): 152 – 155. DOI: 10.1007/s13196-016-0179-1

Appiah-Kubi, E., Kankam, C.K., Frimpong-Mensah, K. and Opuni-Frimpong, E. (2016). Bending and modulus of elasticity properties of plantation grown Khaya ivorensis from Ghana. J Indian Acad Wood Sci 13(1): 48-54. DOI: 10.1007/s13196-016-0165-7.

Appiah-Kubi, E., Mensah, M., Tekpetey, S.L., Andoh, E.O. and Opuni-Frimpong, E. (2016). Promotion and utilization of plantation grown timber species in Ghana: The kiln drying schedule of Khaya ivorensis. Saudi J. Eng. Technol., Vol.1, Issue 4: 117-121.

Owusu, F.W., Tekpetey, S.L., Appiah-Kubi, E. and Pentsil, S. Eds. (2015). Bamboo utilization for a greener construction and future in Ghana. Proceedings of MESTI/CSIR-FORIG first Bamboo Colloquium held at CSIR-FORIG, Fumesua, Kumasi, Ghana, 29th – 30th April 2014. 271pp

Appiah-Kubi, E., Owusu, F.W., Tekpetey, S.L., Essien, C. and Seidu, H. (2014). Investigating the mechanical properties of some bamboo species for efficient utilization in Ghana. J. Bamboo and Rattan, Vol. 13, Nos. 3&4, pp. 81-89.

Appiah-Kubi, E., Owusu, F.W., Tekpetey, S.L. and Essien, C. (2014). Bamboo for housing in Ghana: Challenges and prospects for the future. J. Bamboo and Rattan, Vol. 13, Nos. 3&4, pp. 45-54.

Owusu, F.W., Appiah-Kubi, E., Tekpetey, S.L., Essien, C., Arthur, P.L. and Zorve, G.K. (2014). Products development of laminated panel doors from plantation grown bamboo species in Ghana. J. Bamboo and Rattan, Vol. 13, Nos. 3&4, pp. 91-105.

Owusu, F.W., Tekpetey, S.L., Appiah-Kubi, E., Essien, C., Appiah, J.K. and Boakye, F. (2014). Ripping and planing characteristics of some exotic bamboo species grown in Ghana. J. Bamboo and Rattan, Vol. 13, Nos. 3&4, pp. 67-79.

Appiah-Kubi, E., Kankam, C.K. and Adom-Asamoah, M. (2012). Bending and Modulus of Elasticity   properties of ten lesser used Ghanaian timber species using structural size dimensions. Ghana Journal of Forestry 28 (1): 15-28. 

Appiah-Kubi, E., Adom-Asamoah, M., Frimpong-Mensah, K. and Tekpetey, S. L. (2011). Capacity of sawmills and carpentry workshops for processing lesser used species in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry 27 (3): 63-70. 

 Awards / Fellowships

  • 2016 Best Scientist - Publishing (CSIR-FORIG): December 2016
  • German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Doctoral Research Fellowship, Germany: July 2014
  • FAO/Art and Joy of Wood Sponsorship, India: October, 2011          
  • IUFRO-SPDC Award, Sweden: June, 2011

 Affiliations

  • Member, Ghana Institution of Engineers (MGhIE)
  • Member, Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), U.S.A.
  • Member, Forest Products Society (FPS), U.S.A.
  • Member, Research Staff Association (RSA) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana
  • Member, International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), USA