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Dr. Steve Acquah
Research Associate

Dr. Steve Acquah


Chartered Chemist (CChem) Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Associate Research Professor
Director of the Sir Harold Kroto Legacy Research Group
Director of Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET)

Contact Information
3805A CSL 850.644.8274
Research Website

Research Interest


Awards & Nominations

2016 – The Faculty/Staff Seminole Award Nominee

2015 – GAP Award Finalist – FSU Commercialisation

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

2014 – One of the ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’ – Past and Present
Royal Society of Chemistry ( Others in the list include Rosalind Franklin, Adrian V. Stokes, Alfred Nobel, Michael Faraday, Alexander Borodin and Marie Curie.

2014 – Winner - Enterprise Video Award – Video in Education Scholarship

2014 – Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology

2014 – Business Research Certification

2014 – Chartered Scientist

2014 – Chartered Chemist Status
The Chartered status is only awarded by Institutions that operate under the Royal Charter by the British Monarch.

2013 – Financial Certification - FSU

2013 - Intech (Book Chapter Recognition)

2013 - Honors – Advancement of NSF ADVANCE-PAID initiative

2011 - Founder of the GEOSET Awards

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)

2005 - 2nd Prize in the Royal Microscopical Society Talk – Sussex University.

2002 -Royal Society of Chemistry Downland Prize for the best undergraduate final year project.

Current Students

Jeanah Kim: Book Chapter

James Magi: Book Chapter

Branden Leonhardt: Book Chapter, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering Scholarship (2016)

Patricia Martin: Nobel Laureates Meeting 2016

Mesopotamia Nowotarski: Book Chapter, Russel H. and Dorothy P. Johnsen Scholarship in Chemistry (2016)

Kaelynn Chambliss: Book Chapter

Thais Venzel: Book Chapter

John Tyndall

Pranav Bokey

Aditya Hota: Top Show Award (1st Place in Physical Science) – 2016, 1st Place in the Chemistry Division – Regional Science Fair – 2016, 2nd Place in the Chemistry Division – State Science Fair – 2016

Former Students
German Montero
Nicholas Swanson
Rebecca Stone
Christopher Blackstock
Christina Amrhein
Jessica Linick


Media - Research Students

Research Areas

Protein Self-Assembly

Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes

Solar Cells

Hydrogen Sensors

Piezoelectric Devices

Steve Acquah - 175 Faces of Chemistry


Book Series
Pan Stanford Series on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
Book Chapters
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 ISBN 978-953-51-4689-6
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. ISBN 980-953-307-536-0
Electronic Properties of Carbon Nanotubes (2011) Chapter: Strategies to Successfully Cross-Link Carbon Nanotubes Acquah S.F.A.*; Ventura D.N; Kroto H. W. ISBN 978-953-307-499-3
Improvement of pervaporation PVA membranes by the controlled incorporation of fullerenol nanoparticles (2016) Penkova, A.V., Acquah, S.F.A., Dmitrenko, M.E., Sokolova, M.P., Mikhailova, M.T., Polyakov, E.S., Ermakov, S.S., Markelov, D.A., Roizard, D.
Polyvinyl alcohol membranes modified by low-hydroxylated fullerenol C60(OH)12 (2015) Penkova, A.V. , Acquah, S.F.A. , Sokolova, M.P. , Dmitrenko, M.E. , Toikka, A.M.
A Synergistic Approach to Light-Free Catalysis Using Zinc Oxide Embedded Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Paper Yulai Gao, Shengjuan Lic, Bingge Zhao, Qijie Zhai, Adrian Lita, Naresh S. Dalal, Harold W. Kroto, Steve F. A. Acquah* Carbon 2014
Transport Properties of Cross-Linked Fullerenol-PVA Membranes Penkova A.*; Acquah S.*; Dmitrenko M.; Chen B.; 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 (Accepted)
1D Nanomaterials 2013 Steve F. A. Acquah*, Renzhi Ma, Raymond L. D. Whitby, Yanqiu Zhu
Journal of Nanomaterials, 2014,2 Pages
Carbon nanotubes on a spider silk scaffold 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 (Research Highlight)
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.