Dr. Victor Y. A. Barku
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Dr. Victor Y. A. Barku

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Cape Coast, Ghana

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Area of Interest:

Bio-Organic Chemistry
Organic Synthesis
Bioactive Compounds
Medicinal Plants

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Teye, M., V.Y.A. Barku and J.K. Hagan, 2020. Fatty acid profile, carcass and meat quality attributes of rabbit breeds in ghana fed diets with graded levels of palm (Elaeis guineensis) kernel oil residue. Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci., 10.17582/journal.aavs/2020/8.10.1091.1099.
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  2. Barku, V.Y.A., Y. Opoku-Boahen and V. Ackon, 2020. Citrus sinensis seed as a potential source of quality edible and industrial oil. Asian J. Chem., 32: 1207-1211.
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  3. Barku, V.Y.A. and S. Ohene-Dark, 2020. Nutritional assessment of meals provided to some pre-school children in central region, Ghana. Pak. J. Nutr., 19: 329-336.
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  4. Moses, T., Y.A.B. Victor and F.Y. Faustina, 2019. Proximate, mineral and phytochemical compositions of Vernonia amygdalina leaves grown under hot and humid tropical conditions. Afr. J. Biochem. Res., 13: 90-95.
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  5. Barku, V.Y.A., 2019. Wound Healing: Contributions from Plant Secondary Metabolite Antioxidants. 1st IntechOpen UK 1.
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  6. Boye, A., V.Y.A. Barku, D.O. Acheampong, L.B.B. Mensah and E.A. Asiamah, 2018. Maternal and post-implantation safety assessment in rats exposed gestationally to Polyscias fruticosa leaf extract. J. Complement. Med. Res., 7: 178-189.
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  7. Boye, A., D.O. Acheampong, V.Y.A. Barku, A. Yussam and E.A. Asiamah, 2018. Follicular development and post-implantation loss assessments in non-pregnant and pregnant rats orally exposed to Polyscias fruticosa leaf extract. J. Complement. Med. Res., 8: 1-10.
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  8. Boye, A., A.K. Osei-Owusu, G.A. Koffuor, V.Y.A. Barku, E.A. Asiamah and E. Asante, 2018. Assessment of Polyscias fruticosa (L.) harm (Araliaceae) leaf extract on male fertility in rats. J. Intercult. Ethnopharmacol., 7: 45-56.
  9. Barku, V., 2018. Wound healing: Contributions from medicinal plants and their phytoconstituents. Ann. Res. Rev. Biol., 26: 1-14.
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  10. Barku, V.Y.A., A. Boye, F. Erzah and P. Tsamenyi, 2016. In-vitro antioxidant and wound healing properties of Combretum dolichopetalum Engl. and diels (Combretaceae). J. Applied Pharm. Sci., 6: 185-192.
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  11. Boye, A., V.Y.A. Barku, P. Amoateng and L.A. Mbroh, 2014. Anti-nociceptive and antioxidant activities of an aqueous leaf extract of Corchorus olitorius L.(Tiliaceae). Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci., 8: 2395-2406.
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  12. Barku, V.Y.A., Y. Opoku-Boahen and G.A. Dali, 2014. Ethnobotanical study of wound healing plants in Kpando Traditional Area, Ghana. Int. J. Phytomed., 6: 564-572.
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  13. Barku, V.Y.A., A. Boye, C. Adinortey, G. Bobie-Ansah and E.K. Kwame-Femi 2014. Preliminary phytochemical screening, antimicrobial examination and wound healing potential of the root extract of amaranthus spinosus. J. Basic Applied Sci., 1: 84-95.
  14. Boye, A., P. Amoateng, G.A. Koffuor, V.Y.A. Barku, E.M. Bawa and O.E. Anto, 2013. Antinociceptive and antioxidant activity of an aqueous root bark extract of daniellia oliveri (Rolfe) Hutch. & Dalziel (Fam: Leguminosae [FABACEAE]) in icr mice. J. Applied Pharmaceut. Sci. Vol. 3. (In Press). .
  15. Barku, V.Y.A., Y. Opoku-Boahen, E. Owusu-Ansah and E.F. Mensah, 2013. Antioxidant activity and the estimation of total phenolic and flavonoid contents of the root extract of Amaranthus spinosus. Asian J. Plant Sci. Res., 3: 69-74.
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  16. Barku, V.Y.A., B.K. Ahiadu and G. Abban, 2013. Phytochemical studies and antioxidant properties of the methanolic and aqueous extracts of the leaves of mallotus oppositifolius. J. Basic Applied Sci., 1: 20-30.
  17. Barku, V.Y.A., A. Boye and S. Ayaba, 2013. Phytochemical screening and assessment of wound healing activity of the leaves of Anogeissus leiocarpus. Eur. J. Exp. Biol., 3: 18-25.
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  18. Barku, V.Y.A., A. Boye and N. Quansah, 2013. Antioxidant and wound healing studies on the extracts of corchorus olitorius leaf. Sci. Res. Rev. J., 1: 67-73.
  19. Atsu Barku, V.Y., Y. Opoku-Boahen, E. Owusu-Ansah, N.T.D.K. Dayie and F.E. Mensah, 2013. In-vitro assessment of antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of methanol extracts of six wound healing medicinal plants. J. Nat. Sci. Res., 3: 74-80.
  20. Atsu Barku, V.Y. and A. Grace, 2013. Phytochemical studies, in-vitro antibacterial activities and antioxidant properties of the methanolic and ethyl acetate extracts of the leaves of Anogeissus leiocarpus. Int. J. Biochem. Res. Rev., 3: 137-145.
  21. Atsu Barku, V.Y., Y. Opoku-Boahen and E.Y. Dzotsi, 2012. Isolation and pharmacological activities of alkaloids from cryptolepis sanguinolenta (Lindl) schlt. Int. Res. J. Biochem. Bioinformatics, 2: 58-61.
  22. Atsu Barku, V.Y., H.D Nyarko and P. Dordunu, 2012. Studies on the physicochemical characteristics, microbial load and storage stability of oil from indian almond nut (Terminalia catappa L.). Food Sci. Quality Manage., 8: 9-17.
  23. Atsu Barku, V.Y., A. Boye, G.A. Koffour and A. Weremfo, 2012. Ectoparasitic activity and safety assessment of an ethanolic stem bark extract of turraeanthus Africanus. Int. J. Pharmacol. Toxicol. Sci., 2: 24-31.
  24. Ameyaw, Y., V.Y. Atsu Barku, J. Ayivor and A. Forson, 2012. Phytochemical screening of some indigenous medicinal plant species used in the management of diabetes mellitus in Ghana. J. MED. Plants Res., 6: 4573-4581.
  25. Opoku-Boahen, Y., V.Y. Atsu Barku and A. Dobson, 2011. Characterisation of fatty acids in the roots of cryptolepis sanguinolenta. J. Chem. Natural Compounds, 47: 686-689.
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  26. Nyarko, H.D., V.Y. Atsu Barku and J. Batama, 2011. Antimicrobial examinations of cymbopogon citratus and adiantum capillus-veneris used in Ghanaian folkloric medicine. Int. J. Life Sci. Pharma Res., 2: 115-121.
  27. Atsu Barku, V.Y. and Y. Opoku-Boahen, 2009. Biological activities of the extracts of turraeanthus Africanus (Nelw. Ex dc). IJPAC, 4: 69-72.
  28. Atsu Barku, V.Y., A. Seiko and M. Amoh, 2008. Physicochemical analysis on biodiesel prepared from coconut oil, Palm kernel oil and refined fresh palm oil. J. Nat. Sci., 3: 77-83.
  29. Ameyaw, Y., V.Y. Atsu Barku and F. Bashiru, 2008. Phyto-constituents of two medicinal plant species used as aphrodisiacs in Ghana. Asian J. Chem., 21: 6048-6056.
  30. Opoku-Boahen, Y. and V.Y. Atsu Barku, 2007. GC analysis of lipids in the seeds of citrullus colocynthis. J. Natural Sci., 3: 71-89.
  31. Atsu Barku, V.Y., Y. Opoku-Boahen, A.B. Kugbee, M. Amoh and A. Darko, 2007. GC analysis of methanol in locally distilled alcoholic beverage: Akpeteshie in Ghana. Int. J. Pure Applied Chem., 2: 259-261.
  32. Tayman, F.S., V.Y. Atsu Barku, Y.O. Boahen, K. Seifert and D. Grote, 2006. Isolation of ent-labdane (+)-12, 15- Epoxylabda-8(17), 12, 14-Trien-16-Ylacetane from the seeds of turraeanthus africanus (Nelw. Ex Dc) and its cytostatic /cytotoxic effect on the growth of cancer cells in vitro. J. Chem. Natural Compounds, 42: 46-48.
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  33. Opoku-Boahen, Y., V.Y. Atsu Barku and J. Mann, 2005. Synthesis of 2-(Dimethylaminoethyl)-10H-Indolo-[3, 2-] Quindoline; A new analogue of quindoline. Ghana J. Chem., 6: 56-66.