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A Bakarr Kanu

Position: Associate Professor Department: Chemistry

Contact Info

Office: 139 F.L. Atkins Annex Phone: 336-750-3199 Fax: 336-750-2549

Biography

Dr. Kanu received his Ph.D. in Instrumentation and Analytical Science in 2003 from the University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., formally the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST). His Ph.D. work developed a novel sampling device with “active membranes” that reduced sampling time by 60% and increased sensitivity by 25%. The sampling device interfaced with GC-FID and DMS was used for environmental analysis. Dr. Kanu completed postdoctoral work at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Part of his postdoctoral work developed and evaluated a miniaturized IMS system that was used to monitor environmental soil-gas contaminants in the vadose zone. Part of this work was published in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring, and was selected as one of the current cutting-edge research developments on environmental processes and impact and appeared on the front cover of the journal, January 2007 issue. His current research is focused on method development, validation, quantification and characterization for rapid analysis of environmental soil-gas and water contaminants, drugs of abuse, explosives, chemical warfare agents, volatile organic compounds, total suspended particles, nucleotides, peptides, proteins, polymers, and complex biological matrices using IMS/IMMS instruments. Dr. Kanu has mentored several undergraduate and graduate students in research and is very interested in developing activities to increase number of minority students enrolled and retained in STEM disciplines. He recently published an article in Journal of Chemical Education on guided-inquiry lab approach. Since joining WSSU, he has mentored over thirty undergraduate students in research and many have presented their results at regional/national conferences. Dr. Kanu currently has over thirty-two peer-reviewed scientific publications, over thirty presentations, and two patents (related to sample introduction interfaces). Twelve of his articles is work conducted at WSSU and eight WSSU undergraduates’ have published with him as co-authors.

Dr. Kanu is a current member of seven profesional organization. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, watching sports. He is currently an instructor of "kickboxing for fitness" at DJR gym.

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Studies, 2007, Washington State University
  • PhD, 2003, University of Manchester
  • MS, 1999, University of Manchester
  • BS (Honors), 1996, University of Sierra Leone

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop

2016 Extreme Forensics Workshop