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  • Position Title: Vice Chancellor
  • Personal Title: Prof.
  • Location: Koforidua
  • E-mail address: vc@ktu.edu.gh, dessumang@ktu.edu.gh, kofiessumang@yahoo.com


Professor David Kofi Essumang (Vice-Chancellor)
Professor David Kofi Essumang (Vice-Chancellor)

Prof. Essumang is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry. He has researched extensively on the environmental pollution situation in Ghana. Most of his research has focused on marine, sediments, soil, mining, urban air quality, indoor air, biota and surface water environments.

Prof. Essumang holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Chemistry from the Aalborg University of Denmark and a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Chemistry, as well as B.Sc in Chemistry and Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast. He had his secondary school education at Agona Nsaba Presbyterian Secondary School and St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast for the ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Certificates respectively.

By dint of hard work, he was appointed as Demonstrator and Research Assistant in 2002. Within four years, that is, in 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. In 2011, Prof. Essumang was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and subsequently to Full Professor in April, 2013.

His current research interest looks at xenobiotic concentrations in size-fractionated atmospheric particles; the abundance and behaviour metals (Al, Ag, Cd, Pt, Hg, As and Pb); ions (Na+ SO2-4 ) and Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs) in size-fractionated atmospheric particulate matter (pm) using sheets of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) filters. Prof. Essumang has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in over 50 different journals all over the world. At UCC, he is the most cited on SCOPUS database and the second most cited by Google Scholar. He has written over twenty study modules for the UCC Distance Education Programme. He has attended several conferences where he has made several presentations.

Prof. Essumang has served on over 50 boards and committees at UCC from 2002 to date. He was the task team leader for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)/National Implementation Programme (NIPs), Review and Update for the Assessment of Perfluorooctane Sulfate (PFOS)/PFOS Salts/PFOS inventory for Ghana. He has also been a reviewer for the Czech Republic Science Foundation since 2012 for the award of research grants for researchers in the Czech Republic. Prof. Essumang is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences which is on the flagship journals published by UCC. He is a reviewer for several Elsevier Journals. He is also Ghana’s correspondent for World Library of Toxicology and Ghana’s representative of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He has won some international awards (IUPAC Young Chemist Travelling Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, U. K. Research Grant).

He was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University (KTU) November 2019 by the Governing Council of KTU at a Special Meeting held on Wednesday, 3rd July 2019. He took over from Prof (Mrs.) Smile Dzisi who was in an acting capacity as the Interim Vice-Chancellor.”


  • Ph.D Environmental Chemistry, 2011 (Aalborg, Denmark)
  • M. Phil Chemistry, 2001 (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast)
  • BSc. Chemistry, 1996 (1st Class Hons) University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.
  • Diploma in Chemistry Education, 1996 University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast


  1. Vice-Chancellor – 2019 – Date
  2. Professor (Full) – 2013 – Date
  3. Dean, School of Physical Sciences – 2014 – 2019
  4. Deputy Director (Research & Innovation) D.R.I.C. – 2013 – 2015
  5. Associate Professor  – 2011 – 2013
  6. Head of Department, Laboratory Technology Dept. – 2008 – 2009
  7. Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, U. C. C. – 2006 – 2011
  8. Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, U.C.C. – 2003 – 2006
  9. Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, U.C.C. – 2002 – 2003


  1. Reviewer for the Czech Republic Science Foundation – 2012 – 2014
  2. Invited Participant in the 2010/11 Academic Reputation Survey for The World University Rankings – 2010 – 2012
  3. Invited Participant in the Survey by Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (S.T.A.P) Administered By UNEP Which Advises Global Environment Facility (G.E.F) – 2010
  4. Reviewer for several Elsevier Journal – 2007 – Date
  5. Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Management 2007
  6. Reviewer for Bulletin of Chem. Soc. Ethiopia 2009 –
  7. Reviewers for Hera and Several Elsevier Journals 2010 – Date
  8. Ghana Correspondent for World Library of Toxicology             2009 –
  9. Ghana’s representative for the International Union for Pure and Allied Chem. 2009 –


  1. Benso Oil Palm; Oil Quality Analysis
  2. Saltpond Ceramics: Soil Quality Analysis
  3. Coconut Charcoal Quality Analysis
  4. Pineapple Quality Control Analysis
  5. Komenda Sugar Factory


  1. SNV Netherlands Development Organization; Participated in the Multidisciplinary Stakeholder Committee Meeting.
  2. Environmental Protection Agency – Ghana; a leader of Task Team for POPs/NIPs Review and Update for the Assessment of PFOS/PFOS Salts/PFOS Task Team Leader
  3. Environmental Protection Agency – Ghana; a member of the National Implementation Plan of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
  4. A member of the Working group on UPOPs (Dioxins/Furans) inventory for Ghana
  5. A member of the team on SAICM/IPCP on Risk Assessment of Chemicals at National Level in a Global Context Kick-off Workshop in Accra Ghana


  1. Euro-Asian Academy of Sciences: Member
  2. Society of Toxicology: Member
  3. Ghana Science Association: Member
  4. Ghana Chemical Society: President
  5. Federation of Chemical Societies of Africa: Member
  6. Commonwealth Chemical Societies: Member
  7. I. U. P.A. C :  Affiliate Member