Dr. Caroline Rosemyya Kwawu is a Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, KNUST. She is a theoretical and computational materials chemist. She teaches and supervises research in the areas of physical chemistry and materials chemistry. She currently lectures courses including electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
Dr. Kwawu holds a Ph.D. degree in Computational Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) under the supervision of Prof. Nora de Leeuw (Cardiff University, Wales), Prof Evans Adei (KNUST) and Prof. Richard Tia (KNUST). Dr. Kwawu prior to this, obtained a BSc. Chemistry degree (First Class Honours) from the Department of Chemistry, KNUST.
Her research focuses on waste (CO2, biomass and solar) conversion into fuels/chemicals to address the issues of climate change, global warming, energy scarcity and environmental pollutions. Her research explores heterogeneous processes like surface diffusion, chemical decomposition, charge transfer processes, reaction mechanisms and polymerization reactions at the atomic/molecular level towards designing novel efficient catalytic surfaces. Her PhD studies entailed the computational study of transition metal surfaces for the conversion of carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels, which was carried out under the Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award grant.
Dr. Kwawu is an awardee of prestigious awards like The World Academy of Sciences Individual Research Grant, 2018. The award (18-032 RG/CHE/AF/AC_I) was with grant money of USD 14,000. She also received the Royal Society Leverhulme Africa Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2018. The award (LAF\R1\180013) was with grant money of £ 17,800 from the Leverhulme-Royal Society, UK.
Dr. Kwawu has supervised students at the undergraduate and Masters levels. She is a mentor to young researchers. Her research work has been published in international journals like the Physical chemistry chemical Physics, Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Catalysts, Advanced surface science etc. Her articles are cited globally and index on Google Scholar. She is an invited reviewer for international journals like Food Chemistry among others.
She is a member of professional bodies like the Royal Society of Chemistry, Ghana Science Association, Ghana Chemical Society and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Ghana. Her goal is to contribute to provide renewable energy solutions (i.e., energy generation and storage technologies) and environmental remediation by providing insights into chemical processes occurring in these environments.