Dr. Shouquan Huo, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Why did you choose this profession/field?
A professor is both a teacher and a researcher. Teaching helps students acquire knowledge and skills. Research is to discover unknowns and create new knowledge. No other profession would allow you to contribute to the advancement of the society in such a unique way.
Describe your teaching philosophy.
I consider teaching as a part of mentoring in graduate education. Passing knowledge to the graduate students is not nearly as important as encouraging them to learn new materials on their own. Graduate students have built the foundation through their undergraduate studies, which empowers them with the capability to learn new materials through analysis and critical thinking. Graduate students are research students. They should not be satisfied with learning new knowledge. They need to learn how to discover and actually discover something new.
What are your current research interests?
My research interest lies in the field of organometallic chemistry, an interdisciplinary area between organic and inorganic chemistry. Our current focuses are organometallic reactions, synthesis and characterization of functional organometallic materials, and biological applications of organometallic compounds.
Have you involved your students in your research?
All of my graduate students are involved in research. They participate in two or more projects serving as a leader in one project and a collaborator in other projects. All of my previous graduate students have coauthored three or more peer-reviewed articles.
What changes do you see on the horizon in your discipline?
Functional chemical materials will play a critical role in our responses to human health issues, environmental challenges, and energy crisis. Although chemistry is a relatively mature science, a few of molecules/materials can still change the world.
How would you describe the academic environment at ECU?
The academic environment at ECU is both dynamic and diversified.
How do you know you’ve been successful in teaching?
The teaching is successful when the students are not only competent but also competitive in their next pursuing whether higher education or profession career.
What advice do you have for prospective and current graduate students at ECU?
For current graduates, be independent on your course studies and learn and try to discover something new. For the perspective graduate students, try to find a research-active professor and get research experiences.
Teaching and Scholarly Interests: Teaching and research interact reciprocally. Research results are wonderful teaching materials. On the other hand, teaching makes you aware of what to be explored. Integrating teaching and research is my ultimate goal in mentoring graduate students.
One of your proudest professional accomplishments: Graduation of my first master and Ph.D. student.
Courses You Teach: Organic Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Professional Memberships: Member, The American Chemical Society
Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Fellow, The American Institute of Chemists.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have rarely scored one hundred on a serious test. The only one is the driver’s license test, but it was the second time when I took the same test.
My favorite major was literature, but I could not choose it when going to college.