Director of GEOSET
DPhil MChem (Hons.) CChem CSci FRSC FRMS FIoN
Personal Website: www.sciencewithacquah.com
Steve Acquah completed his doctorate at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) under the supervision of the Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto, Dr. David Walton and Prof. Dek Woolfson working on a collaboration based on self-assembling alpha-helical coiled coils for tissue engineering. During his time at Sussex, he was the manager of the Chemistry Society, Science Society and the University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra where he also served as principal violist. Steve then transferred to Florida State University as a Postdoctoral Associate to manage the Kroto Research Group, focusing on carbon nanotube-based technologies such as hydrogen sensors, piezoelectric devices, and fullerene-based solar cells. Steve was recently awarded the status of Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) by the Royal Society of Chemistry and The Science Council. The Chartered status is only awarded by Institutions that operate under the Royal Charter by the British Monarch. Steve also directs the efforts of GEOSET at FSU and coordinates on the technical requirements of the GEOSET partner institutions.
Exploring the development of a self-assembling fibrous system based on a binary peptide construct. We can selectively recruit small molecules to the ends of the fibres and we have demonstrated polar assembly by using fluorescence imaging. The integration of carbon nanotubes into biological constructs is also being explored.
Carbon Nanotube composites are being developed to take advantage of their unique electrical and mechanical properties. The current research goals focus on producing covalently cross-linked carbon nanotube mats with applications such as conductive paper, photovoltaic devices and flexible batteries.
2015 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2015 - Winner - Enterprise Video Award - Video Maverick
2015 - Center for Undergraduate Research & Academic Engagement's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Nominee (as of 26th March 2015)
2015 - Explore Filmmaking: National Film and Television School (Course)
2014 - One of the '175 Faces of Chemistry' - Past and Present
Royal Society of Chemistry (http://rsc.li/1pLOEzS). Others in the list include Rosalind Franklin, Adrian V. Stokes, Alfred Nobel, Michael Faraday, Alexander Borodin and Marie Curie.
2014 - Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN)
2014 - Chartered Scientist (CSci)
2014 - Full Chartered Chemist Status (CChem)
2014 - Joint Winner - Sonic Foundry Enterprise Video Award (Educational Scholarship)
2013 - Financial Certification - FSU
2013 - Working on the development of 'Google Glass' for the hearing impaired.
2013 - Intech (Book Chapter Recognition of 200 downloads [in 10 days])
2013 - Honors - Advancement of NSF ADVANCE-PAID initiative
2011 - Founder of the GEOSET Awards
2010 - SCIFOO Speaker - Google Headquarters - California
2010 - Sonic Foundry Rich Media Impact Award (Scholastic Achievement)
2009 - Nobel Laureates Meeting (Invited Participant - Lindau (Germany)
2009 - Winner - Sonic Foundry Rich Media Impact Award (Global Outreach)
2008 - Finalist - Sonic Foundry Rich Media Impact Award (Global Outreach)
Carbon Nanotubes - Current Progress of their Polymer Composites (2016)
Chapter: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene as Additives in 3D Printing Steve F. A. Acquah, Branden E. Leonhardt, Mesopotamia S. Nowotarski, James M. Magi, Kaelynn A. Chambliss, Thaís E. S. Venzel, Sagar D. Delekar, Lara A. Al-Hariri
Syntheses and Applications of Carbon Nanotubes and Their Composites (2013)
Chapter: Interconnecting Carbon Nanotubes for a Sustainable Economy
Acquah S.F.A.*; Ventura D.N; Rustan S.E.; Kroto H. W.
Electronic Properties of Carbon Nanotubes (2011)
Chapter: Strategies to Successfully Cross-Link Carbon Nanotubes
Acquah S.F.A.*; Ventura D.N; Kroto H. W.
A Synergistic Approach to Light-Free Catalysis Using Zinc Oxide Embedded Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Paper
Yulai Gaoa, b, Shengjuan Lic, d, Bingge Zhaoa, Qijie Zhaia, Adrian Litab, Naresh S. Dalalb, Harold W. Krotob, Steve F. A. Acquahb* Carbon 2014 (Accepted)
Improved sensitivity for Pd nanoparticle embedded MWCNT paper for gas sensors
Yulai Gao a, b,, Qingguo Bai c, Bingge Zhao a, Qijie Zhai a, Adrian Lita b, Naresh S. Dalal b, Harold W. Kroto b, Steve F. A. Acquah b,** (submitted)
Optical Properties of Multi Wall Carbon Naotube Mats (Buckypaper)
Wasan R. Saleh*, Abdulla M. Suhail, Ghuson H. Mohamed, Rajaa H. Mutlk, S.F.A. Acquah* (Draft)
Transport Properties of Cross-Linked Fullerenol-PVA Membranes
Penkova A.*; Acquah S.*; DmitrenkoM.; ChenB.; Semenov K.; Kroto H. Carbon, 2014
Low Melting Point Nanocrystalline Sn-Ag Solder Synthesized by a Refined Chemical Reduction Method
Zhai Q, Gao Y.*, Acquah S. F. A.*
Chinese Science Bulletin 2014
1D Nanomaterials 2013
Steve F. A. Acquah*,Renzhi Ma,Raymond L. D. Whitby, Yanqiu Zhu
Journal of Nanomaterials, 2014,2 Pages
Stevens E.*, Saleh W. R., Lebedev V, Acquah S. F. A, Laukhin V., Brooks J. S., Nature Communications, 2013, 4, 8 pages
Piezoelectric Enhanced Cross-Linked Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Paper
Gao Y; Zhai Q; Barrett R; Dalal N. S; Kroto H. W.; Acquah S. F. A*
Carbon 2013, 64, 544-547
Investigating the formation process of Sn-based lead-free nanoparticles with a chemical reduction method
Zhang W, Zhao B, Zou C, Zhai Q, Gao Y.*, Acquah S. F. A.*, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2013, 9 Pages.
1D Nanomaterials 2012
Zhu, Y.*; Whitby, R.L.D.; Ma, R.; Acquah, S.F.A, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2012,2 Pages
A flexible cross-linked multi-walled carbon nanotube paper for sensing hydrogen
Ventura D.N., Li S., Baker C. A., Breshike C. J., Spann A. L., Strouse G. F., Kroto H. W, Acquah S.F.A.*, Carbon, 2012, 50, (7), 2672-2674
On Paper the Future is Rosy
Acquah S.F.A.*; Ventura D.N; Kroto H.W. Chemistry & Industry, 2011, 75, (22), 22-24
1D Nanomaterials 2011
Zhu, Y.*; Whitby, R.L.D.; Ma, R.; Acquah, S.F.A, Journal of Nanomaterials, 2011,2 Pages
1D Nanomaterials 2010
Zhu, Y.*; Whitby, R.L.D.; Ma, R.; Acquah, S.F.A Journal of Nanomaterials, 2010, 3 Pages
Assembly of cross-linked multi-walled carbon nanotube mats
Ventura, D.N.; Stone, R. A.; Chen, K. S.; Hariri, H. H.; Riddle, K. A.; Fellers, T. J.; Yun, C. S.; Strouse, G. F.; Kroto, H. W.*; Acquah, S. F. A.* Carbon,2010, 48, (4), 987-994.
Direct confirmation that carbon nanotubes still react covalently after removal of acid-oxidative lattice fragments
Wang, Z.; Korobeinyk, A.; Whitby, R. L. D.*; Meikle, S. T.; Mikhalovsky, S. V.; Acquah, S.F.A.; Kroto, H. W. Carbon,2010, 48, (3), 916-918
Black Paper (Paper Thin Carbon)
Acquah, S.F.A*; Ventura, D.N; Kroto, H. W. Education in Chemistry [RSC], 2010, 47, (4), 107-109
(Front Cover Special)
Poking the nano world with nano fibres (Short Article)
Acquah, S.F.A. RMS Proceedings, 2005
Polar assembly in a designed protein fiber
Smith, A. M.; Acquah, S. F. A.; Bone, N.; Kroto, H. W.; Ryadnov, M. G.; Stevens, M. S. P.; Walton, D. R. M.; Woolfson, D. N.* Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2005, 44, 325-328.
Polyurea-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes: Synthesis, morphology, and Raman spectroscopy
Gao, C.*; Jin, Y. Z.; Kong, H.; Whitby, R. L. D.; Acquah, S. F. A.; Chen, G. Y.; Qian, H. H.; Hartschuh, A.; Silva, S. R. P.; Henley, S.; Fearon, P.; Kroto, H. W.; Walton, D. R. M. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2005, 109, 11925-11932.
Large-scale synthesis and characterization of carbon spheres prepared by direct pyrolysis of hydrocarbons
Jin, Y. Z.; Gao, C.; Hsu, W. K.; Zhu, Y. Q.; Huczko, A.; Bystrzejewski, M.; Roe, M.; Lee, C. Y.; Acquah, S.; Kroto, H.; Walton, D. R. M. Carbon, 2005, 43, (9), 1944-1953.
Florida State University
Associate Research Professor
Dr. Steve F. A. Acquah, DPhil MChem (Hons.) CChem CSci MRSC FRMS FIoN, is an English chemist and materials scientist who works for the Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto. Steve is an Associate Research Professor of Chemistry at the Florida State University, which he joined in 2006.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry