UTC professor ranked among the top 2 percent of research scientists in the world


The associate dean of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering and Computer Science has been named among the top 2 percent of research scientists in the world.

Dr. Michael Danquah’s designation is the result of a study, conducted by Stanford University, listing scientists in the top 100,000 of all fields and the top 2 percent in specific fields. Those various fields include engineering, business, humanities and medicine.

The study ranks scientists based in part on personal citations and writings, presenting both single-year and career-long impacts.

“I feel deeply honored to have been recognized in this way, and I wish to celebrate this recognition with the many students and collaborators who have worked with me over the years,” Dr. Danquah said. 

“I am proud to contribute this way in building UTC’s research reputation in the national and global fronts and this already speaks to UTC’s efforts in research rigor and flourishing academic environment.”

Dr. Danquah, a UC Foundation professor and director of the department of chemical engineering at UTC, uses biomolecular engineering principles to develop, among others, emerging biopharmaceuticals, methods for delivering drugs to their specific targets without alerting the body’s defense mechanisms, biofuels and systems that help clean up environmental pollution.

His research findings have resulted in about 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, scholarly book chapters, conference proceedings and presentations, and technical reports. 

Dr. Danquah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is also a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) minority affairs community and faculty forum, mentoring early academics, especially those from less economically-endowed regions in Asia and Africa. 

A self-described avid reader, enthusiastic traveler and movie connoisseur, Dr. Danquah joined UTC after achieving more than a decade of experience in academia and industry–including professional posts in Malaysia and Australia. 

One of his goals, he shared, is to advance cutting-edge bioengineering research at UTC. Working with others, the research can address the health care challenges of the 21st century, he said.