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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.
Florida State University
Associate Research Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Tallahassee, Florida
United States



Achievements, Books, Papers


Research Interests

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. 




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)



Fullerenol: Physico-Chemical Properties & Applications

Semenov K.N.; Penkova A.V.; Acquah S.F.A. (Draft)


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



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 Naotubes Mat (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.*; Dmitrenko M.; Chen B.; Semenov K.; Kroto H. Carbon, 2014 (Accepted)


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.






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