Steve

​​Acquah​

Digital Portfolio Site

 

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. He transferred 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.

A showcase of productions can be viewed HERE



 

 

Associate Professor of Chemistry (Adj)

University of Massachusetts Amherst

United States

Digital Media Lab Unit Coordinator

University of Massachusetts Amherst

United States

Visiting Researcher

Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre

Japan

 
Director of the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET)

Science Presenter


DPhil MChem (Hons.) CChem CSci FRSC FRMS FCMI

2019 Sustainability Fellow
2018 Innovation Fellow
Statement on Sir Harold Kroto

 

Harry was an inspiration to many and a close friend and colleague. He saw the potential in students to excel in all aspects of education, from outreach activities to research. We shared the vision of providing a resource of educational videos and worksheets to support students and teachers.

 

Harry had a presentation style that matched no other. His hyperlinked cache of PowerPoint presentations left everyone astonished and certainly impressed, and his signature slides with the Nitrosoethane molecule demonstrating rotation as a dog by a lamp post was a clear audience favorite. Beyond the presentations was his desire to make people really think about the world we live in, and learn something new about ourselves. He used the quote from the Don Marquis that I now use in my invited lectures.

 

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think they’ll hate you.”

 

In my research career, Harry gave me the opportunity to really expand my knowledge, completing my doctorate working in a protein design lab headed by Dek Woolfson, with fond memories of manual peptide synthesis and purification, while undertaking work on Fullerenes with Ray Whitby and David Walton.

 

It has been a privilege and honor to have worked with Harry over the years. His Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative, and research activities will continue, inspiring the next generation of students around the world to engage in scientific discovery. Wherever that journey may lead.

 

On behalf of his research group at Florida State University, and the team at GEOSET, we thank and remember him for his guidance, strength and wisdom.

 

-Steve Acquah -

© 2019 by Steve Acquah

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