Benjamin S. Hsiao, Professor

Stony Brook University

Benjamin Hsiao received his PhD in Materials Science from University of Connecticut and post-doctorate training in Polymer Science & Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He then joined E. I. DuPont Company and spent 8 years in R&D before coming to the Chemistry Department of Stony Brook University in 1997 as an Assistant Professor. Hsiao became a Full Professor in 2002 and he assumed the Chair Position in the Chemistry Department from 2007 to 2012. He took the Vice President for Research position at Stony Brook University from 2012 to 2013 for 1.5 years. Currently, Hsiao is the Founding Director of Innovative Global Energy Solutions Center, aiming to prototype ‘sustainability for off-grid communities of tomorrow’, using the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya as a living laboratory. The center’s goal is to address the grand challenges of energy and water sustainability in the remote regions of the developing world.

His current research interests are mainly focused on the development of new nanostructured polymeric materials for water purification. He published over 425 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 41 reviews and chapters in books and encyclopedias, 227 conference proceedings, obtained 32 issued patents and 21 pending patent applications, and edited 2 books. Based on these accomplishments, he was elected as Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), Fellow of American Chemical Society (ACS), Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of Materials Research Society (MRS), and Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in the U.S., and received the Chang-Jiang Scholarship from the Education Ministry of China.