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Dr. Yen Adams Sokama-Neuyam  

(Principal Investigator)

Dr. Yen Adams Sokama-Neuyam is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. He is also the Principal Research Lead of the Net-Zero Carbon Emission Lab (NCEL) in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KNUST. With a proven track record in research, teaching, and leadership, his main research interests include Carbon Intensity Assessment and monitoring of Oil and Gas Processes and Facilities, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), Underground Hydrogen Storage (GHS), Flow Assurance, Reservoir Formation Damage, Enhanced Oil Recovery and Development of Green Oilfield Materials. Prior to his current role, Dr. Sokama-Neuyam served as an Assistant Professor in Natural Gas Engineering at the University of Stavanger, Norway, where he gained invaluable research experience collaborating with international industry leaders such as Equinor and the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE). His research findings have been widely published in reputable peer-reviewed journals, reflecting his high level of expertise and contribution to the field. Dr. Sokama-Neuyam holds a PhD and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway, and a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from KNUST. Learn more

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Dr. William Ampomah  

(Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr. William Ampomah is the Co-principal Investigator (Co-PI) at NCEL. Dr. Ampomah is a faculty member at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KNUST. He is also an Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, United States, and the Section Head of Reservoir Evaluation and Advanced Computational Technologies (REACT) group at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) at New Mexico Tech.

He has been the PI and Co-PI of at least five (5) United States Department of Energy grants in relation to Improved Oil Recovery, CO2 Storage, Wellbore Integrity and Subsurface stress. Dr. Ampomah holds a PhD and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering at New Mexico Tech, USA. Learn more

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Dr. Stephen Adjei

Dr. Stephen Adjei  

(Research Lead, Green Oilfield Materials Development)

Dr. Adjei holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He is a Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering at KNUST. Currently, he serves as the Research Lead, Green Oilfield Materials Development at the Net-Zero Carbon Emission Lab of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KNUST. His focus is on the development of durable green cementitious systems for the effective sealing of wellbores designated for CO2 and hydrogen storage. Learn more

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Dr. Jonathan Atuquaye Quaye

Dr. Jonathan Atuquaye Quaye  

(Research Lead, CO2 and Hydrogen Storage and Resource Assessment)

Dr. Quaye holds a Ph.D. in Oil and Gas Field Development Engineering from the China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China. He is a lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KNUST. He currently serves as the Research Lead, CO2 and Hydrogen Storage and Resource Assessment at the Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Lab of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, KNUST. He focuses on testing cap rock competency as efficient seals for CO2 and Hydrogen storage in the reservoir. Learn more

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Dr. Patrick Boakye

Dr. Patrick Boakye  

(Research Lead, Carbon Capture and Hydrogen Storage Materials)

Ing. Dr. Patrick Boakye has been a Faculty Member at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) since January 2018 after pursuing PhD Chemical and Biological Engineering from Hanbat National University, Republic of Korea in 2017 with specialization in Environmental Nano/ Biotechnology. He had his MSc Research Exchange in Western University, London-Ontario, Canada in the course of his MSc Chemical Engineering pursuit at KNUST.

His research focus has been on: Environmental Nano/ Biotechnology via Chemical Reaction Engineering: Chemical and Bioreactor Design, Reaction Mechanism and Kinetics; Nanoparticles formation and materials characterization; Polymer technology; Valorization of waste/biomass into useful products etc.

He is the Research Lead, Carbon Capture and Hydrogen Storage Materials at NCEL. He has been a PI and Co-PI of at least six (6) projects including grant from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT), USA among others. Learn more

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The rest of the interdisciplinary project team is composed of Reservoir Engineers, Petroleum Geologists and Geoscientists from the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Geologists from the Geological Engineering Department and Geophysicists from the Physics Department, and computer engineers from the Department of Computer Engineering, KNUST: