Story by Madison Beckner

Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Michael Danquah, has been selected as a fellow for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Founded in 1980, the London based organization represents the top scholars in the field on chemistry. Acting as a global network to promote cooperation, mentorship, and the advancement of chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry acts a governing body for the scientific community.

Being selected as a fellow is one of the highest honors in the field of chemistry. In ordered to `become a fellow, one must submit an application that is backed by an already elected fellow. Currently, there are 115 worldwide individuals serving as leaders in the field of chemistry.

UTC’s very own, Michael Danquah, has been selected as the newest round of inductees into the society. This selection came based on his impressive research endeavors while earning his PHD. Danquah applied his knowledge of chemistry to work with DNA vaccines. During his post-doctoral time, he focused his research on using microorganisms to remove heavy metals from wastewater to develop biofuels.

Now as an elected fellow, Danquah will serve with the Royal Society of Chemistry to work decide the future of chemistry. One of the ways to do so, involves mentorship. Danquah has 10 active project he is serving as an advisor for junior chemists. Fellows also are given the task to implement policies and procedures that act as guides for those practicing chemistry. This could range from issuing statements on global warming or offering suggestions on how educational material should be published in textbooks.

When asked what his new position means, Danquah said, “You become part of the decision-making body. You become a voice for chemistry. Wherever you are, you represent chemistry.”

Danquah went on to credit UTC’s relationship with the Erlanger hospital system as a key avenue for continuing his research. He is eager to continue to make contributions to the field of chemistry and to represent the field to the best of his abilities.

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