News articles for research and outreach activities supporting the work of the Nobel Laureate Sir Harold Kroto, and independent initiatives. 


The GEOSET Initiative has won international awards for global outreach, a video in education scholarship and scholastic achievement in student support.


Here you will find a list of ongoing projects and activities that I direct or supervise. Please contact me for additional information on any of the projects.

Press Information


2019 GEOSET Awards


Congratulation to Dominiqe Carey on the 2019 Harold W. Kroto and Steve F. A. Acquah GEOSET Award for Excellence in Science Communication through Digital Media



Research Art Science Exhibition (RASE)


RASE - Celebrating the rich diversity of STEM students at UMass Amherst in collaboration with the Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library, The College of Natural Sciences, and the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative.



175 Faces of Chemistry


Recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry as one of the ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’ both past and present, who have helped to shape chemistry and science. The recognition also highlights diversity in the chemical sciences, identifying role models, champions and ambassadors for the next generation of chemists. Others in the list include: Rosalind Franklin, Adrian V. Stokes, Alfred Nobel, Michael Faraday, Alexander Borodin and Marie Curie.


Read More: RSC 175 Faces of Chemistry - Steve Acquah



Microsoft Research has announced a $100,000 gift to Florida State University to help a Nobel laureate bring science into classrooms around the world by using the Internet.


While GEOSET is a groundbreaking educational tool for teachers, it has had an unexpected bonus. Students who have given presentations say it has led to scholarships and job offers. For example, Florida State alumna Prajna Dhar found that her GEOSET presentation led to a postdoctoral fellowship and ultimately four tenure-track job offers. “The university whose offer she has accepted commented that GEOSET indicated she could teach,” Kroto said. Another student, Artrease Spann, won a Florida Gubernatorial Scholarship and was told at her interview how much the committee enjoyed her GEOSET presentation. And chemistry doctoral student Kerry Gilmore, won a  Fulbright scholarship after including his presentation link in his application.



Professors Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt and Hedi Mattoussi and Associate Research Professor Steve Acquah were selected this spring as fellows of the society, which recognizes unique and unparalleled contributions to the field of chemistry. “To have three fellows elected at the same time is quite a feat and really illustrates the quality of our department here at Florida State,” said Department of Chemistry Chair Tim Logan.



Bill Nye “the Science Guy” unveils a new GEOSET recording studio for faculty, students and area teachers to create educational videos – science research, class projects, experiments and more – for educators around the world. The videos are recorded, edited, produced and broadcast live via Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc. 



SCI FOO - Google Headquaters

Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media), Chris DiBona (Google) and Timo Hannay (Nature) invited me to join them at Science Foo Camp, also known as "Sci Foo". It is an invitation-only event where the invitees come from many different areas of science. Science Foo Camp has taken place annually at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California.


I gave a presentation about GEOSET, describing the importance of science outreach. In attendance to the event wereBill Nye, BBC News correspondents, and the author Robert Sawyer.


Carbon nanotubes on a spider silk scaffold

 Understanding the compatibility between spider silk and conducting materials is essential to advance the use of spider silk in electronic applications. Spider silk is tough, but becomes soft when exposed to water. Here we report a strong affinity of amine-functionalised multi-walled carbon nanotubes for spider silk, with coating assisted by a water and mechanical shear method. The nanotubes adhere uniformly and bond to the silk fibre surface to produce tough, custom-shaped, flexible and electrically conducting fibres after drying and contraction. The conductivity of coated silk fibres is reversibly sensitive to strain and humidity, leading to proof-of-concept sensor and actuator demonstrations.


The work was covered by the international press.