Benjamin Hsiao

Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, Stony Brook University

Dr. Benjamin S. Hsiao, a Distinguished Professor in Chemistry at Stony Brook University, received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Ph.D. from University of Connecticut, and post-doctorate training at University of Massachusetts. He joined DuPont Company as a staff scientist and spent 8 years in R&D before coming to Stony Brook University. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department and held Vice President for Research position at Stony Brook University. Currently, Hsiao is a Founding Co-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. He is also the Director of Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems (, with the mission to enhance the development and integration of advanced technologies into electric energy systems on multiple scales.

Hsiao has a distinguished reputation in polymer science. His current research interests are mainly focused on the development of sustainable nanostructured materials for water pufication. He published over 442 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 42 reviews and chapters in books and encyclopedias, 228 conference proceedings, obtained 34 issued patents (including 20 US patents) and 21 pending patent applications, and edited 2 books. He was elected as Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of American Chemical Society, Fellow of American Physical Society, Fellow of Materials Research Society, Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, and received SUNY Distinguished Professor, Hononary Professor from University of Queensland in Australia, Chang-Jiang Scholar from Education Ministry of China, Co-operative Research Award from Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering of American Chemical Society, NSF Special Creativity Award and DuPont Young Faculty Award. Hsiao and his team have developed a highly permeable breakthrough membrane technology using nanofibrous materials for water purification, which removes pathogens and contaminants in water using gravity or solar heat.  This invention can provide affordable and sustainable drinking water solutions to people in remote communities and after catastrophic disasters, and the technology has been highlighted by the AAU, and the NSF in a 2015 exhibit for the U.S. Congress.