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About Steve Acquah

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. At UMass Amherst my role is to 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.


Present Research Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst Chemistry
Digital Media Lab Unit Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst University Libraries


2018 - 2018 Campus Climate Improvement Grant
UMass Amherst
Research Art-Science Gallery and Video Exhibition Grant Award
2016 - 2017 UROP Research Fund
Research Foundation
2011 - 2017 Science Technology
Microsoft Research
2014 - 2015 Technology Fee Award
FSU Technology Services
2002 - 2006 Chemistry Research
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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Enterprise Video Award – Video Maverick
  • Enterprise Video Award – Video in Education Scholarship
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Chartered Chemist
  • Sonic Foundry Rich Media Impact Award (Scholastic Achievement)
  • Sonic Foundry Rich Media Impact Award (Global Outreach)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Downland Prize
  • 175 Faces of Chemistry


2002 - 2006 Phd, University of Sussex ‐ Chemistry

Recent Works (5)