Dr. Steven S.C. Chuang

Dr. Steven S.C. Chuang

Title: Professor, SPSPE; Adjunct Faculty, CBCE
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: GDYR 826
Phone: 330-972-6993
Fax: 330-972-5290
Email: schuang@uakron.edu
Website: https://schuang.uakron.edu


Dr. Steven S. C. Chuang obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh in 1985, started as an assistant professor of Chemical Eng. at The University of Akron in 1986, served as Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 1997-2005, and joined Polymer Science in 2011. 

In 2009, he established the FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center, focusing on the development of CO2 capture and carbon fuel cell technologies.  He received a number of awards at The University of Akron: 1996 Outstanding Researcher Award of the College of Engineering; 1998 Chemstress Outstanding Teacher Award of the College of Engineering; 1998 Louis A. Hill Award for the outstanding achievement; 2007 Outstanding Researcher Award of the College of Engineering; and 2008 The University of Akron Outstanding Researcher Award. He was selected for 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award, Taipei Tech. (the predecessor of National Taipei University of Technology), Taipei, Taiwan.


The Chuang research group has centered around the fundamental issues of clean energy generation and storage.  Professor Chuang studies the synthesis and fabrication of polymeric and hybrid composite materials for CO2 capture, proton-exchange membrane/solid oxide fuel cells, and photo/electrochemical processes for utilization of solar energy.   His research employs vibrational spectroscopy to investigate the mechanism of material synthesis, CO2 capture process, and reaction steps related to fuel cell and photo/electrochemical processes.  The objectives of his research program are (i) developing an in-depth understanding of the synthesis and reaction mechanisms (ii) using mechanistic information to guide material synthesis and process development, and (iii) scaling up.  His recent research themes include interfacial crosslinking reactions, polymeric membrane synthesis and fabrication for Li/Mg-metal battery, CO2 capture, CO2-responsive polymers, and photo/electrochemical processes on polymer/TiO2 hybrid catalysts.


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  • Unraveling the Structure and Binding Energy of Adsorbed CO2/H2O on Amine Sorbents
    D Miller, J Yu and SSC Chuang
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2020 124, 45, 24677–24689.1021/acs.jpcc.0c04942
  • Photoelectrochemical conversion of lignin to hydrogen: Lignin as an electron donor
    J King and SSC Chuang
    Catalysis Communications 2020, 106219. 1016/j.catcom.2020.106219
  • TiO2-based photocatalytic conversion processes: insights from in situ infrared spectroscopy
    Yao, X., Jin, H., Liu, C., & Chuang, S. S.
    In Current Developments in Photocatalysis and Photocatalytic Materials 2020, 57-75 1016/B978-0-12-819000-5.00005-9
  • Mechanism of UVA Degradation of Synthetic Eumelanin
    Li, W., Wang, Z., Xiao, M., Miyoshi, T., Yang, X., Hu, Z., Liu, C., Chuang, S.S., Shawkey, M.D., Gianneschi, N.C. and Dhinojwala, A
    Biomacromolecules 2019, 20-12 1021/acs.biomac.9b01433
  • In Situ Infrared Approach to Unravel Reaction Intermediates and Pathways on Catalyst Surfaces
    J King, Cheng Liu, SSC Chuang
    Research on Chemical Intermediates2019, 1-17 1007/s11164-019-04004-x
  • The Nature of Hydrogen Bonding in Adsorbed CO2 and H2O on Solid Amines in CO2 Capture
    Y Zhai, S Wang, SSC Chuang
    Noncovalent Interactions in Catalysis 2019, 503-5261039/9781788016490-00503
  • Photocatalytic Synthesis of Pipecolic Acid from Lysine on TiO2: Effects of the Structure of Catalysts and Adsorbed Species on Chiral Selectivity
    Y Zhai, SSC Chuang
    Organic Process Research & Development 201922 (12), 1636-1643 1021/acs.oprd.8b00299
  • Oxygen Vacancy Promoting Dimethyl Carbonate Synthesis from CO2and Methanol over Zr-Doped CeO2 Nanorods
    B Liu, C Li, G Zhang, X Yao, SSC Chuang, Z Li
    ACS Catalysis 2018 8 (11), 10446-10456 1021/acscatal.8b00415
  • Water Enhancement in CO2Capture by Amines: An Insight into CO2–H2O Interactions on Amine Films and Sorbents
    J Yu, Y Zhai, SSC Chuang
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2018 57 (11), 4052-4062 1021/acs.iecr.7b05114
  • In situ infrared study of photo-generated electrons and adsorbed species on nitrogen-doped TiO2 in dye-sensitized solar cells
    J Liu, P Winwarid, TCK Yang, SSC Chuang
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 201820 (29), 19572-19580 1039/C8CP01925H


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1982
  • Diploma, Chemical Engineering [5yr. program], Taipei Inst. of Tech., 1977