Renowned environmental chemist and associate professor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. Marian Asantewah Nkansah, has been appointed a Fellow of the International Science Council (ISC).
Prof. Nkansah, the only Ghanaian academic among the 100 new Fellows, received this prestigious recognition, which is the highest honor bestowed by the ISC.
The International Science Council selects Fellows to contribute to its vision of promoting science as a global public good. Prof. Nkansah's groundbreaking research focuses on various aspects of environmental chemistry, particularly in identifying cancer-causing substances in locally consumed items like ‘ayilo' or ‘shile,' a type of edible clay.
Beyond her work on edible clay, Prof. Nkansah has conducted extensive research on heavy metals found in common spices, meat, honey, tea brands, medicinal herbs, Mechanically-milled fufu, groundnut paste, and dust pollution at fuel and lorry stations, markets, and streets.
Her studies also explore innovative methods for groundwater purification using materials such as peanut shells, sawdust, clay, and fish scales.
In addition to her scientific contributions, Prof. Nkansah holds the position of Deputy Director of Students' Affairs in charge of Housing & Welfare at KNUST.
She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the Ghana Science Association (GSA). Prof. Nkansah is also the author of the book “Inspirational Quotes for Living.”