Dr Charles Darko

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 fabrication and characterisations of nano-structuredcrystalline diblock copolymers thin films. Using Synchrotron Grazing Incidence Small- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS & GIWAXS), he was able to probe the internal mesophase and crystalline structures, respectively, and investigated the resulting morphologies with microscopic techniques.

Charles later worked as a Research Engineer at the Continental Tires Research and Development Center in Hannover Germany in 2008. He was responsible for Physical Material Evaluation of 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 has taught several Polymer Science topics at universities and has been involved in several STEM projects and teaching nationwide. He has also published a book on STEM.

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

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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