Dr. Steve F. A. Acquah
DPhil MChem (Hons.) CChem CSci FRSC FRMS FCMI
2019-2020 Sustainability Curriculum Fellow
2018 Innovation Fellow
3D Printing COVID-19 Response Team
Working as part of the UMass Amherst COVID-19 Response Teams, the Digital Media Lab in the W.E.B Du Bois Library has been leading efforts to produce 3D printed personal protective equipment.READ MORE
I completed my 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 my time at Sussex, I was the manager of the Chemistry Society, Science Society and the University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra where I also served as principal violist. I moved to Florida State University as a Postdoctoral Associate to direct the Kroto Research Group, focusing on carbon nanotube-based technologies such as hydrogen sensors, piezoelectric devices, and fullerene-based solar cells. Steve was 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 is director of the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) which includes a Studio at Florida State University, and coordinates on the technical requirements of the international GEOSET partner institutions.
Digital Media Lab Unit Coordinator
At UMass Amherst I lead the Digital Media Lab and foster collaborations with departments, and organizations outside the university in the development of media projects, 3D printing research and Virtual Reality technology. I host the Research Art Science Exhibition (RASE) each year at the DML and create Virtual Reality based exhibitions to archive the work of the students.
The 2019 Virtual Research Art Science Exhibition can be viewed HERE. Use the keyboard arrow keys (or WSAD) to move through the virtual space, and use a mouse to pan. Please wait for the experience to load.
The Digital Media Lab featured in the 'Be Revolutionary' campaign video highlighting our Virtual Reality equipment. Our new facility under construction in the Library will have two Extended Reality rooms where students and faculty can engage in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.
Associate Research Professor of Chemistry
At Florida State University (FSU) I was Research Faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Director of the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET). I completed my doctoral degree in 2006 from the University of Sussex under the supervision of the Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Microscopical Society, my research activities have focused on investigating new approaches to improving sensors and piezoelectric devices using carbon nanomaterials. As one of the ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’, I have continued to be a voice for diversity and inclusion through outreach activities including Buckyball workshops and ‘hands-on’ laboratory internships for high school students. The high school initiative was extremely successful with one of the students (Aditya Hota) winning the 2016 Regional Science Fair - Top Show Award (1st Place - Physical Science), 1st Place - Chemistry Division, and later on in the year, 2nd Place in the Chemistry Division State of Florida Science Fair. His research project and achievements were highlighted by the News outlets ABC News 27 (https://youtu.be/zvQy6_AmbDQ) and WCTV Eyewitness News (https://youtu.be/67eRp6XE7Vo). I am currently expanding the project through crowdfunding to obtain a benchtop scanning electron microscope for high school students to use in their research projects. I directed an undergraduate research group of 5 to 7 students and have had one student win a Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
At UMass Amherst I continue the legacy of Sir Harold Kroto with research into new materials for 3D printing and carbon nanoscience.
Director of GEOSET
I designed and supervised the construction of an educational recording studio at FSU. The $70,000 facility in the Science Library provided a central location for students and faculty to showcase their passion for science communication. I invited Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ to formally open the facility. I have won international awards for e-learning activities including the Rich Media Award for Global Reach, The Enterprise Video Award - Video Scholarship, which enabled me to present a student at FSU with Scholarship to support his studies. I also received the Enterprise Video Award - Video Maverick, and an Honorable Mention for Scholastic Achievement. GEOSET Studios operates a free service designed to benefit all students, staff, and faculty at FSU, with an estimated direct annual impact on 7000 students. Additional educational studios have opened in Japan and the United Kingdom. To encourage students to use the facility at FSU, I negotiated an educational collaboration with Starbucks, to offer free drinks vouchers. Free USB flash drives, pens, and accessories are also available. The new instructional drop-in service for students and staff will give them the ability to create interactive media for courses and training. A support service for funding proposal outreach activities is also available for faculty. I have designed this service to directly meet the requirements of the ‘Broader Impacts’ section of many funding agencies, reducing the time required to establish an effective outreach strategy. The service is unique because it also integrates with additional support services.
Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre
Toyo University - Japan.