Dean's Profile

Professor Robert Kingsford-Adaboh has been the Acting Dean of the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences since 2016. He is an internationally recognized Researcher and Professor of Chemistry.

Prior to his promotion to the Acting Dean position of the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, he has served in various administrative and managerial positions and boards in the university. He served for five years as the Head of the Department of Chemistry. During his stewardship, he helped provide a very good environment, conducive for teaching, research and student learning. He helped enhanced research capabilities of academic staff and postgraduate students for increased output in teaching and publications. He played a critical role in equipping the departments of Physics and Chemistry with the state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometers and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers (500 MHz).  Staff strength and capacities were increased through systematic staff development programmes, especially the junior staff.

He has been teaching at the Department of Chemistry, University of Ghana (UG) since 1996 and worked hard to go through the ranks, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2011.  In 1999, he won the Alexander von Humboldt, the George Foster edition, to do a postdoctoral research into charge density of amino acids and polymers in Free University (FU) Berlin. He has been working and conducting research for the past years in the field of X-ray crystallography and Computer simulation and modeling of bioactive molecules, charge density studies. In 2014, in partnership with Prof, Peter Skabara of Strathchlyde University were awarded the Levehulme-Royal Society African Award on the Theme: Investigation of novel organic material for efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity.  2014-2017. Value: €(UK) 180,0000.00 (British Pounds Sterling) to study Renewable Solar Energy/ Photovoltaic Cells Studies. The research has already culminated in the discovery of new organic molecules for OSCs.

He also held other positions outside the University of Ghana as Visiting Scholar at the department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland (UK) in December 2015 and June 2016, Association of Educational and International Exchange of Japan (AEIJ), Okayama University, Japan in 2004 and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Okayama University, Japan in 2004-2005.

Professor Robert Kingsford-Adaboh had his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry (Hons) and Diploma in Chemistry Education from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in 1987. He won the prestigious Japanese MONBUSHO scholarship to read chemistry at the MSc and PhD levels in 1993 and 1996 respectively at the Okayama University, Okayama City, Japan.

His teaching and supervisory role include Physical, Inorganic and Analytical Courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1996, a PhD course in Science and Society, (FASC 701) and teaching and supervising Students practical project/thesis at all levels.

He is a reviewer of the Ghana Journal of Science since 2013 and the Journal of Structural Chemistry, SpringerUS since 2008.

His extension activities outside University of Ghana include Member of Search Team and Assessment, National, Millennium Challenge Awards, Chairman of Assin Nsuta Educational Trust Fund, Member of Ghana Science Association, National Accreditation Board. Served as Chairman for Chemistry Programmes for University of Energy and Renewable Resource,  Examiner fo University of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast. Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

His fields of specialization are x-ray crystallography and computer simulation and modeling. His research interest also include X-ray diffraction studies of bioactive molecules, the molecular and crystal structures, inter and intra-molecular short hydrogen bonds, conformation, structure to activity relation, charge density studies, drug screening, modeling and computational studies, renewable Solar Energy/ Photovoltaic Cells Studies and environmental monitoring issues