Stephen J. Clarson was born and educated in England but currently resides in Cincinnati with his wife, their two daughters and one son. He obtained his doctoral degree in Chemistry at the University of York, England in 1985 where he studied with the late Tony Semlyen. He then spent the summer of 1985 at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague, Czechoslovakia before taking up a postdoctoral appointment with James Mark. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. During the period 1992-1998 he was the Associate Director and then Director of the Polymer Research Center. From 1995-2000
Dr. Clarson served a five year term as Assistant Dean for Educational Development in the College of Engineering. He is currently Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the NSF I/UCRC Membrane Science and Technology Center. He is the Editor-in-Chief of SILICON (Springer) and has served on several journal editorial boards.
In January, 2000 Dr. Clarson was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). In February, 2010 the American Chemical Society Cincinnati section named him "Chemist of the Year". He has received numerous award for his teaching including the Neil Wandmacher Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 for 'Most Outstanding Teacher in the College of Engineering', the TEXNIKOI Award in 1992 for 'Outstanding Teaching and Service to the College of Engineering' and the Engineering Tribunal Award, for
'Outstanding Teacher of the Quarter', Spring Term, 1992 and Spring Term, 1995. He was nominated by the UC student chapter to membership of the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi in 1999. Dr. Clarson has published over two hundred technical articles and co-authored five books: 'Siloxane Polymers' (1993); 'Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials' (2000); 'Synthesis and Properties of Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials' (2003); ‘The Science and Technology of Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials’ (2007) and ‘Advances in Silicones and Silicone-Modified Materials’ (2010). The research carried out in his group has led to a number of inventions and he holds five US patents and two Japanese patents. He has been PI or Co-PI of research awards totaling over $4M in the past ten years and his current scientific research interests include materials chemistry, polymer synthesis, silicon-based chemistry, biomaterials, biomineralization, biocatalysis, optoelectronic materials, thin films and surface science.