Ken Cheung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
AIH 224
559-453-2307

Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1992
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1987

Professional and Service Experience

  • Research associate, University of Texas at El Paso, 2012-2013
  • President, Mad Science of El Paso, 2005-2012
  • Assistant professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1995-1998
  • Senior lecturer, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1998-2005
  • Honorary fellow, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2005-2009
  • Visiting scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1994-1995

Honors and Awards

  • Project leader, "Hands-on Science Workshop for Elementary and Middle Schools within the El Paso Empowerment Zone," US $50,000, 2006-2007
  • Co-investigator, "Analysis and Characterization of Microbial Synthesized Bioplasmic Materials Utilizing Industrial Food Wastes as Carbon Source," HK $216,000, 2002-2004
  • Principal investigator, "A New NMR Pulse Sequence for Measuring Cross Polarization Time Constant and its Applications to Polymer Science," HK $391,000, 2001-2003
  • Principal investigator, "Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Soluble Starlike C60 Bonding Polymers," HK $645,000, 2000-2003
  • Principal investigator, "Correlation of Low-frequency Chain Motions in Glassy Polymer Matrix with Impact Toughness and Mechanism of Brittle-Ductile Transition in Filled Polymer Composites," HK $200,000, 1998-2000 
  • Project leader in University Large Equipment Grant: "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers," HK $7,600,000, 1998-1999

Publications and Presentations

  • "In vitro cytotoxicity, hemolysis assay, and biodegradation behavior of biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) nanoparticles as potential drug carriers," with Cheng Chen, Yin Chung Cheng, Chung Him Yu, Shun Wan Chan and Peter H F Yu, J. Biomed. Mater. Res., 87A, 290-298, 2008
  • "Preparation and characterization of biodegradable nanoparticles based on amphiphilic poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)–poly(ethylene glycol)–poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) triblock copolymer," with Cheng Chen, Yin Chung Cheng, Chung Him Yu and Peter H F Yu, Euro. Polym. J., 42, 2211-2220, 2006
  • "Biodegradable Nanoparticles of Amphiphilic Triblock Copolymers Based on Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and Poly(ethylene glycol) as Drug Carriers," with Cheng Chen, Chung Him Yu, Yin Chung Cheng and Peter H F Yu, Biomaterials, 27 4804-4814, 2006
  • "Effects of the Types of Food Waste as Carbon Source on the Molecular Weight Distributions and Thermal Properties of the Bipolymer(polyhydroxybutyrate) Produced by Two Strains of Microorganisms," with Phoeby A. L. Wong, Wai-Hung Lo, Hong Chua and Peter Hoi Fu Yu, Materials Research Innovations, 9, 4-5, 2005
  • "Hydrogen Bonding, Miscibility, Crystallization, and Thermal Stability in Blends of Biodegradable Polyhydroxyalkanoates and Polar Small Molecules of 4-tert-Butylphenol," with Cheng Chen and Peter H. F. Yu, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 98, 736-745, 2005
  • "Crystallization Kinetics and Melting Behavior of Microbial Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3- hydroxyhexanoate)," with Cheng Chen and Peter H. F. Yu, Polymer International, 54, 1055-1064, 2005
  • "Preparation and Characterization of Biodegradable Poly(L-lactide)/Chitosan Blends," with Chen Cheng and Lisong Dong, Euro. Polym. J., 41, 958-966, 2005
  • "Investigation of the Effects of Food Waste Utilized as Carbon Source on the Molecular Weight Distributions and Thermal Properties of Polyhydroxbutyrate Produced by Two Strains of Microorganisms," with A. L. Phoeby Wong, W. L. Lo, Hong Chua and Peter Hoi Fu Yu, e-Polymers Art. No. 031, 2004
  • "Molecular Dynamics of Chiral Semi-Crystallization Kinetics of Isotactic Polypropylene/Organomontmorillonite Nanocomposites," with He Ji-Dong, Ming-Shu Yang and Zongneng Qi, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 89, 1530-1536, 2003
  • "Thermal Degradation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and Poly(3-hydroxybityrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) as Studied by TG. TG/TG/FTIR and Py-GC/MS," with Li Si-Dong, Ji-Dong He and Peter H. Yu, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 89, 1530-1536, 2003
  • "Miscibility and Morphology of Chiral Semicrystalline Poly-(R)-(3-hydroxybutyrate)/Chitsan and Poly-(R)-(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/Chitosan Blends Studied with DSC, H, T, and T CRAMPS," Kris P.Y. Wan and Peter H. Yu, J. Appl. Polym. Sci.  86, 1253-1258, 2002
  • "Miscibility and Morphology in Crystalline/Amorphous Blends of Poly(caprolactone)/Poly(4-vinylpheonol) as Studied by DSCFTIR and C Solid-State NMR," with Jian Wang and Yongli Mi, Polymer, 43, 1357-1364, 2002
  • "Effect of Atmosphere on Thermal Decompostion of Chlorinated Natural Rubber from Latex," with Li Si-Dong, Jie-Ping Zhong and He-Ping Yu, I. Appl. Polym. Sci. 82, 2590-2598, 2001
  • "Thermal Analyses of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) and Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate)," with He Ji-Dong, Peter H. Yu and Guo-qiang Chen, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 82, 90-98, 2001
  • "New Synthetic Method for Soluble Starlike C60 Bonding Polymers," with He Ji-Dong, Juan Wang and Si-dong Li, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 80, 2237-2244, 2001
  • "Thermogravemetric Analysis of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)," with Li Si-Dong and Peter H. Yu, J. Appl. Polym. Sci 80 , 2237-2244, 2001
  • "Miscibility in Blends of Poly(4-vinylpyridine)/Poly(4-vinylpheonol) Blends as Studied by C13 Solid-State NMR," with Jian Wang and Yongli Mi, Polymer, 42, 3087-3093, 2001
  • "Miscibility of Poly(ethyl oxazoline/Poly(4-vinylphenol) Blends as Investigated by High-Resolution Solid-State C13 NMR," with Jian Wang and Yongli Mi, Polymer, 42, 2077-2083, 2001
  • "Hyperproduction of Polyesters Consisting of Medium-Chain-Length Hydroxyalkanoate Monomers by Strain Pseudomonas Stutzeri 1317," with Xi Jianzhong, Qiong Wu, Yongbin Yan, Zhengming Zhang, Peter H.F. Yu, Riqung Zhang and Guo-Qiang Chen," Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 78, 43-49, 2000
  • "Miscibility of Poly(epichlorohydrin)/Poly(vinyl-acetate) Blends Investigated with High-Resolution Solid-State C13 NMR," with J. Wang, S. Zheng and Yongli Mi, Polymer, 41, 1469-1474, 2000
  • "Miscibility of Poly(epichlorohydrin)/Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone), Blends Investigated with High-Resolution Solid-State C13 NMR," with Sixun Zheng, Yongli Mi and Qipeng Guo," Polymer 39, 6289-6292, 1998
  • "Interfacial Characterization of Compatibilized PVC/SBR Blends by Solid-State Pulsed NMR and TEM," with Shui-Han Zhu and Chi-Ming Chan, Polymer 39, 6099-6108, 1998
  • "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Capillary Rheometer," with Robert L. Powell and Michael J. McCarthy, AlChE J. 43, 2596-2600, 1997
  • "Mechanical and Rheological Properties of Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/Polypropylene Blends," with David Chan, Polymer International 43, 281-287, 1997
  • "Effects of Compaction Pressure on Cohesive Strength and Chain Mobility of Low-Temperature Compacted Nascent UHMWPE," with P. Gao, T. Y. Leung, Polymer, 37 3265-3272, 1996
  • "Sedimentation of Noncolloidal Bidisperse Suspensions," with Robert L. Powell and Michael J. McCarthy, AlChE J., 42, 271-276, 1996
  • "Magnetic Resonance Imaging," with Michael J. McCarthy, in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy, Vol.31, G. Webb, P.S. Belton and M.J. McCarthy eds., Academic Press, London, UK, pp. 19-30, 1995
  • "Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Sedimenting Suspensions of Noncolloidal Spheres," with Michael A. Turney, Michael J. McCarthy and Robert L. Powell, Phys. Fluids, 7, 904-911, 1995
  • "Hindered Settling of Rod-Like Particles Measured with Magnetic Resonance Imaging," with Michael A. Turney, Robert L. Powell and Michael J. McCarthy, AlChE J., 41, 251-257, 1995
  • "Si29 Magnetic Resonance Study of Amorphous Hydrogenated Silicon Plasma Deposited at 50 C," with Mark A. Petrich, J. Appl. Phys. 73, 3237-3241, 1993
  • "Silicon Network Structure and Si29 Spin-Lattice Relaxation in Amorphous Hydrogenated Silicon," with Mark A. Petrich, Phys. Rev. B, 45, 9006-9014, 1992
  • "Microstructure and Dangling Bond Defects in Amorphous Hydrogenated Silicon Deposited Near Room Temperature," with Mark A. Petrich, Amorphous Silicon Technology - 1992, M.J. Thompson, Y. Hamakawa, P.G. LeComber, A. Madan, and E.A. Schiff, eds., pp. 191-196, (Mater. Res. Soc., Pittsburgh, PA), 1992
  • "Hydrogen Dilution Effects on Amorphous Hydrogenated Silicon (a-Si:H) Prepared by Glow Discharge Near Room Temperature," with Mark. A. Petrich in Amorphous Silicon Technology- 1991, A. Madan, Y. Hamakawa, M.J. Thompson, P.C. Taylor, and P.G. LeComber, eds. pp. 721-726, (Mater, Res. Soc. Pittsburgh, PA), 1991
  • "Nuclear Spin-Lattice Relaxation via Paramagnetic Centers in Amorphous Hydrogenated Silicon (a-Si:H)," with Mark A. Petrich in Amorphous Silicon Technology - 1991,  A. Madan, Y. Hamakawa, M.J. Thompson, P.C. Taylor, and P.G. LeComber, eds., pp. 599-604 (Mater. Rec. Soc. Pittsburgh, PA), 1991