Dr Charles Darko MIMMM, FHEA, CEng, PhD, M.Sc, BSc (Hons), PGCertHE, PGCertSec, QTS

Lecturer (T&S) in Polymer Science

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Charles graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Science & Technology, School of Mines, Ghana in 2001 and MSc degree in Polymer Science from the Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany in 2005. He completed his PhD in Experimental Polymer Physics (Dr Rer. Nat.) from the Technical University Munich, Germany.

Charles worked on the nano-fabrication and characterisations of diblock copolymers thin films using Synchrotron Grazing Incidence Small- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS & GIWAXS) to probe the internal mesophase structures as well as using microscopic techniques in investigating the resulting morphologies.

Charles later worked as a Research Engineer at the Continental Tires Research and Development Center in Hannover Germany in 2008. He was responsible for the physical material evaluation of polymer compounds and the development of customised test methods.

Returning to Academia after several years working in the industry, Charles obtained PGCE from the University of Bedfordshire, the UK in 2016.

He is an active reviewer for many polymer and educational journals. His current research focuses on rubber compound technologies and material selections for value-added products.

Charles has a great passion for applying different teaching methods to enhance student learning. He believes in merging theoretical rigour with practical-based approaches in his teaching methods. He joined the University of Manchester in April 2018 as a Lecturer in Polymer Science.

He is currently a Professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM) and holds a Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Charles has also acquired the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) status.

Social responsibility

  • Undegraduate student's industrial visits
  • Stockport School outreach
  • British Science week
  • Summer School


Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Science Technische Universitat Munchen (2005 - 2008)
  • 2005 - Master in Science Martin-Luther University Halle Wittenberg (2002 - 2005)
  • 2002 - Bachelor of Science University of Science & Technology (1997 - 2001)

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