Dr. Francis Opoku


Dept: Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

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My research interests focused on the design of novel two-dimensional materials with applications in water splitting, photodegradation of organic pollu...~more


Dr Opoku Francis received his BSc and MPhil degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2010 and 2014, respectively. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2019. Subsequently, he was a Global Excellence Stature 4.0 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, designing adsorption of small molecules incorporating density functional theory simulations. In 2020, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Physical and Computational Sciences, KNUST as a lecturer.

He has served as a continuous reviewer of prestigious science journals, namely; New Journal of Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (which publishes under Royal Society of Chemistry), and the International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry (published by Taylor & Francis Ltd).

His work relates to computational simulations, synthesis, characterization and functionalization of 2D material interfaces and of soft materials including advanced applications of semiconductor nanomaterials in electronic and optoelectronic devices, energy conversion and storage devices, photodegradation of organic pollutants, gas sensors, thermoelectric and photovoltaic cell. The high quality of his research papers is evidenced by the high number of citations he has received from other researchers (total citation = 2281; h-index = 23; i10-index = 46). https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=dDxltY8AAAAJ&hl =en. I am working on collaborative projects with the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg (Dr Tunde Lewis Yusuf); Institute for Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa (Dr Potlako John Mafa); University of Electronic Science and Technology, China (Prof Hassan Karimi-Maleh) and a German collaborator from Technische Universität Berlin (Dr Mirabbos Hojamberdiev).

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