Roch Chan-Yu-King Professor of Chemistry

Roch Chan-Yu-King

Professor of Chemistry
Room 210A | Austin Hall


Dr. Roch Chan-Yu-King has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1988. He teaches Foundations of Physical Science, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, General Chemistry II and General Chemistry Laboratory II.

King’s publications include Improving the Floatability and Cleanability of Ultrafine Coal by the Use of Anionic Surfactants and Solid-Liquid Phase Transfer Catalysis for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Curriculum.

King holds several patents that include A Process for the Preparation of Dideuteriomethylene Chloride and Reagents to Optimize Removal of Pyritic Sulfur and Ash from Fine and Ultrafine Coal by Filtration Processes with Optimal Weight and BTU Recovery.

In addition to his classroom responsibilities, King is a chemical consultant for Diatron Corporation in San Diego for pharmaceuticals and is a science judge for The Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Oklahoma Academy of Science. He received the Carbondale’s Dissertation Research Award from Southern Illinois University and the Centre National de Recherche Scientific (CNRS) Fellowship.

He is fluent in French (mother tongue), English, Malagasi and Chinese (Cantonese).

Before coming to USAO, he was a postdoctoral research fellow, teaching assistant and participated in numerous research projects from Illinois to France.


  • Ph.D, Organic Chemistry, Southern Illinois University, 1986
  • Master Degree, Organic Chemistry, University of Marseilles, France, 1982
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Marseilles, France, 1982
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Marseilles, France, 1980

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