From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, UCC .
Students of the Industrial Chemistry Unit of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cape Coast say they are not only trained to work in laboratories, but in the industries as well.
Due to this, they have passionately appealed to industries to offer them the opportunities to explore by going to the fields instead of being confined to the labs.
This was made known when The Chronicle interacted with some of the students during an exhibition exercise, in which some project works by the students were showcased to the general public.
Some of the students explained that they usually become frustrated when they are not allowed to exhibit some of the qualities they have during attachments and national service.
The Coordinator for the Industrial Chemistry Unit of the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Ing. Samuel Kofi Tulashie, told The Chronicle that students from the unit have the capacity to work efficiently in the industries, as well as in the chemical laboratories.
“For instance, they should be able to work on industrial plants so that they would be able to showcase their acquired skills,” he added.
Dr. Ing. Tulashie, together with his students, has made several products which were exhibited during the expo.
They include Pozzolana cement, bio lubricant, activated carbon, and bio fuel from local raw materials on a model scale, and would be translated eventually to a prototype scale in the recent future.
Daniel Dodoo has produced zeolite that can remove contaminants from water within an hour, while Ephraim Akpari, Francis Adjei, and Godfred Appiah have manufactured banana wine, anti-mosquito soap, and bio fuel respectively.
During the exhibition expo, project works of students who completed school this year received massive admirations and commendations from members of the public who patronised the exhibition.
Furthermore, the (BSc) Industrial Chemistry programme is a four-year programme, which is only offered at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.