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.

Dr.  Chan-Yu-King does collaborative research with international institutions in the area of synthesis and characterization of
composite materials made of organic conducting polymers (Polyanilines) and carbon nanotubes or graphene oxide. His most recent publications are on the:

- "Transport and thermoelectric properties of polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites" in Nanotechnology 25 (2014) 475705
- " Electrical and thermal transport properties of polyaniline/silver composites and their use as thermoelectric materials" in Synthetic Metals 199 (2015) 196.

Dr.  Chan-Yu-King promotes undergraduate research in chemistry at USAO.    Research topics include the following: organic synthesis, phase-transfer catalysis, preparation of nanostructured
polyanilines and their characterization. 

A paper entitled "Chemical Methods for the Preparation of Nanofibers of Polyaniline" was recently presented by one of his students at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research by one of his student’s:  Nathan sample in Wisconsin Wisconsin. 

Dr. Chan-Yu-King supervises chemistry activities during the summer “Brain wave” camp 


  • 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

Favorite Quotes

"It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service." -- Albert Einstein