Prof. John Kenneth Mensah

Senior Lecturer

Dept: Chemistry
Chemistry Department
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Kumasi, Ghana

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Research Areas/Interests

Bio-organic Chemistry where research interest is at the intersection of chemistry with biology....~more

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Ode To the Chemistry Professor



Of teaching and research excellence, obvious evidentiary testimony
But you also scaled the nebulous service requirement

A sad limiting factor to transitioning to the Professorial ranks


Thermodynamics decay of celestial bodies is the next frontier, you thundered

Knowledge of Quantum Chemistry underpins all logical reasoning, you argued

Uniqueness of heavy metal composition on the surface of Mars will surprise you, you predicted


Let us revisit the low perception of chemical hazards associated with fufu pounding, you implored

Toxicological menace is encapsulated in plastic waste, you affirmed

The annoying whirling sounds of Analytical instruments are the best part of the chemist’s indispensable toolboxes, you proclaimed


Chemical principles espoused with unbridled passion

Left bewildered students questioning

Where does he derive this wellspring of energy and emotion?

For a course as sedate and prosaic as Chemistry

Where does he derive this clarity of thought?

For a course content circumscribed by rote-memorization


Soon the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened, you enthused

And you will also marvel

At the governance of life by chemistry

Life and death, sickness and health, food and nutrition, you lectured

Beauty and personal hygiene products, you affirmed

All owe their centrality in existential dynamics to Chemistry


Long live the Chemistry Professor

Reaction pathways have been clarified by Computational Chemistry

Polymerization reactions have de-mystified enigmatic plastics materials

Methodological clarity in Analytical Chemistry the indispensable key to good data acquisition


Long live the Chemistry Professor

Listless students have been motivated to aspire to achieve academic excellence

And fuzzy formative minds clarified  

Through the simplicity of your didactic instructions


Long live the Chemistry Professor

Latent intellectual fervor in indulgent students have been awakened

Eager bright-eyed young enthusiast now blaze new trails across disciplinary boundaries

Searching for novel insights in alchemy


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Abuse of Broken English 04 August 2020
Dear RAD 14 August 2020
Big Science 1/2 03 September 2020
Big Science 2/2 03 September 2020
Transactional 10 September 2020
Musings on Academic Influence 17 September 2020
The Long Walk Home 24 September 2020
Herbal Medicine 1/4 01 October 2020
Herbal Medicine 2/4 01 October 2020
Herbal Medicine 3/4 01 October 2020
Herbal Medicine 4/4 01 October 2020
Fellowship 08 October 2020
The Final Goodbye 1/3 27 December 2020
The Final Goodbye 2/3 27 December 2020
The Final Goodbye 3/3 27 December 2020

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