Staff Profiles

Dr. Stephen L. Tekpetey

Dr. Stephen TekpeteyPosition: Research Scientist
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Professional fields of interest

Sustainable Utilization of Bio-Materials, Bamboo Resources Processing and Utilization, Green Construction, Surface Quality Assessment, Quality Assurance and Timber Trade and Tracking tech

Professional Background

2004 -2009 PhD Wood Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
2003 - BSc. Natural Resource Management (Wood Science and Technology), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Research Projects

  1. Investigating Surface Quality of African Mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) from Ghana using Stylus and Deflectometry Techniques. TWAS-DFG Project
  2. “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) Assessing the Wood Quality of Plantation Grown Mahogany in Ghana;
  3. Development of Building Blocks made of Stabilized Laterite and Agricultural Residues as an Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Cement Blocks in Kumasi, Ghana. Collaborative Research BFH-Switzerland, CSIR-FORIG & CSIR-BRRI. Sponsored by KFH-DC Switzerland.
  4. National Survey on the Value Added Processing Sector of the Ghana Timber Industry; Sponsored by Ghana-Forestry Commission through Timber Industry Development Division.
  5. Utilization of Sawmills Residues and Locally Available Adhesive for the Production of Panel Products in Ghana. 
  6. Consultancy service on “Value Chain Analysis of the Wood Sector in Ghana” Executed in Partnership with BFH Consultant for UNIDO under the Ministry of Trade & Industry Trade Capacity Building project.
  7. Setup And Accreditation of Test Laboratory for the Wood Industry In Ghana: under the Ministry of Trade & Industry Trade Capacity Building Project funded by Switzerland Economic Cooperation (SECO) through UNIDO.

Selected Publications

Tekpetey, S. L., Riegel, A., Kerstin, D. (2015).  Investigating Surface Quality of  African Mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) from Ghana using Stylus and Deflectometry Techniques. Wood and Fiber Science Vol. 47(2) pp 190-198

Tekpetey, S.L., Dekomien, K. and Opuni-Frimpong, E. (2014) Surface Roughness and Texture of Plantation Grown African Mahogany from Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry Vol 30(1) pp 34-42

Dadzie, P.K., Amoah, M., Tekpetey, S. L. (2014).  Preliminary Assessment of Wealth Creation in Wood Products’ Business in Ghana: the Perspective of Lumber and Furniture Production and Implications for Entrepreneurship. International Journal of Business and Economic Research Vol. 3(6) pp 243-249 (Doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20140306.15)

Essien, C., Oteng-Amoako, A. A., Tekpetey, S. L. (2011). Morphological assessment and Susceptibility of bamboo to biodegrading agent in Ghana. J. Bamboo and Rattan Vol. 10(3&4) pp 103-110.

Essien, C., Ofori, J., Sekyere, D., Owusu, F.W. and Tekpetey, S. L. (2012).  Assessing the suitability of Ficus sur and Cola gigantea as raw material for pulp and paper production in Ghana. Annals of Biological Research, 3 (10):4650-4656. Scholars Research Library (http://scholarsresearchlibrary)

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 vol. 27(3) pp 63-70.

Tekpetey, S. L., Darkwa, N.A., and Frimpong-Mensah, K. (2008). Bambusa vulgaris in Ghana: Chemical Composition and Phytochemical Properties for Enhanced Utilization. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan (Vol. 7 3&4) pp 243-249.

Tekpetey, S. L., Frimpong-Mensah, K. and Darkwa, N. A. (2007). Thermogravimetric behaviour and physical properties of Bambusa vulgaris in Ghana. Journal of Bamboo and Rattan. Vol. 6 No (3&4) pp199-203.


Books/ handbooks

Tekpetey, S. L. (2016) Introduction to Wood Science. 92 pp.

Tekpetey, S. L. (2011) Bamboo Resources in Ghana: Diversity, Properties, Products and Opportunities.  100pp (ITTO sponsored) ISBN: 978-9988-1-6269-6

Awards / Fellowships

2015: World Forestry Institute Fellowship, USA               
2013: The World Academy of Science (TWAS)- German Research Foundation(DFG) Cooperation Visit programme For Scientists from Sub-Saharan African, Italy/Germany     2012: Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) International Professional Visiting Scientist Award, USA                        
2012: TWAS/Biovision. Alexandria. Nxt, Egypt               
2012: IUFRO- FORNESSA Travel Grant, Kenya                                              
2011: FAO/Art and Joy of Wood Sponsorship, India                                      
2011: IUFRO-SPDC Award, Sweden                                                    
2010: ITTO Fellowship Award, Japan International Foundation for Science Research Grant                                                  
2006: First Key Open Cooperative Research Scholarship, International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR), Beijing, China
2005: ITTO Fellowship, Japan   

Professional Affiliations

  1. Member, Society of Wood Science and Technology, USA
  2. Member, Forest Product Society, USA
  3. Member, IUFRO-FORNESSA
  4. Member, International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO)
  5. Affiliate Member, International Network of Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), China.