Chinese American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Chang Sam Hsu Recognized for the Future Fuels Institute

Publish Date:2011/11/19   |   Click:5419


In many ways, it is Dr. Hsu’s love of nature and interest in the potential of difficult-to-process and renewable resources that led to the founding of the Future Fuels Institute.
Born in China and raised in Taiwan, he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Chung Yuan University (Taiwan).  He later moved stateside, earning his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Kentucky at Lexington, KY.
“Everyday life depends on ready sources of energy and fuels,” says Dr. Hsu. “Sustainability and harmful emission reduction are central themes for dealing with climate change. We established the Future Fuels Institute to address these pressing issues.”
Much of his research centers on turning natural and renewable materials, including wood, agriculture waste, non-food crops, into biofuels such as ethanol, biobutanols, gasoline, jet and diesel fuels. His work also includes investigating algae as a source material for non-ethanol-based fuels for cars, boats, and jet planes. To help manage client projects at the Future Fuels Institute, Dr. Hsu’s depends on Waters instrumentation, along with world’s premier Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Hsu was at BP where he established a viable laboratory from scratch.  Prior to that, he was at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. where he was key in the development of novel analytical methodologies for the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He was a winner of the Exxon Incentive Award, one of the most prestigious science and technology awards bestowed by the organization.
Dr. Hsu’s career in the petroleum industry spans more than 30 years. During which time he has published three books, eight book chapters, 13 patents, and over 120 journal articles.
Tim Riley, Ph.D., V.P. of Strategic Innovation, Waters Division and Program Director of Waters Centers of Innovation program says, “Dr. Hsu is one of the world’s most accomplished researchers in the field of petroleum research and his contributions to the field are well-recognized. It gives us great pleasure to recognize the Future Fuels Institute and support its ongoing research through our Centers of Innovation program.”
Other awards and honors include the American Chemical Society New Jersey Regional Award for Achievements in Mass Spectrometry, Chinese American Chemical Society Distinguished Service Award, and the Asian American Heritage Council Award.
Collaborating with scientists at Waters on a method of using atmospheric pressure ionization, gas chromatography and Waters Xevo G2 QTof to examine various fuels including gasoline and diesel, he recently presented the results of this study at the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colorado, August 28 – Sept. 1, 2011.
Sam is also co-organizing a symposium titled “Renewable Resources for Fuels and Chemicals” for the 243th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA on March 25 - 29, 2012.
He intends to extend his collaboration with Waters to include work with supercritical fluid chromatography and ion mobility mass spectrometry.
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(CASMS Z. Gu, Nov 16, 2011)
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