Kenneth S. Suslick

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Kenneth S. Suslick
Born 1952
Nationality American
Alma mater California Institute of Technology, Stanford University
Known for Sonochemistry, sonoluminescence, chemical sensors and artificial olfaction
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Doctoral advisor James P. Collman and John I. Brauman

Kenneth S. Suslick (born 1952) is the Marvin T. Schmidt Research Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professor of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the world's leading expert on the chemical and physical effects of ultrasound[1] and has received numerous awards for his work on sonochemistry and sonoluminescence. Professor Suslick has also introduced new technology in chemical sensing, specifically the use of colorimetric sensor arrays as an optoelectronic nose.[2]


Ken Suslick received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 1974, his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1978, and came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign immediately thereafter. He was promoted to full professor at the age of 35, held the first William H. & Janet Lycan Professorship in Chemistry, and then in 2004 became the inaugural Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.[3]

Professor Suslick is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Materials Research Society, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Suslick has mentored more than 73 Ph.D. students and 35 postdoctoral associates. He has published more than 400 scientific papers, edited four books, and holds more than 48 patents and patent applications. His papers have been cited more than 50,200 times and his h-index is 114 (i.e., 114 papers with 114 or more citations), as of September, 2018. His six most cited papers are listed below.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

In addition to his academic research, Professor Suslick has had significant entrepreneurial experience. He was the lead consultant for Molecular Biosystems Inc. and part of the team that commercialized the first echo contrast agent for medical sonography, Albunex™,[10] which became Optison™ by GE Healthcare. In addition, he was the founding consultant for VivoRx Pharmaceuticals and helped invent and commercialize Abraxane™, albumin microspheres with a paclitaxel core, which is the predominant current delivery system for taxol chemotherapy for breast cancer; VivoRx became Abraxis Bioscience, which was acquired by Celgene for $2.9 billion. He then co-founded ChemSensing and its successor companies, iSense Systems and Specific Technologies in Mountain View, for the commercialization of the Suslick group's optoelectronic nose technology with particular focus on biomedical applications of this unique sensor technology.

Selected awards and honors

  • 76th George Eastman Visiting Professorship (2018–2019), University of Oxford, and Fellow, Balliol College.
  • Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Medal, Acoustical Society of America.
  • Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists.
  • Schulich Visiting Professor Lectureship, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
  • Crano Memorial Lectureship, Akron ACS Section.
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors.
  • Centenary Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award
  • Materials Research Society Medal
  • American Chemical Society Senior Cope Scholar Award
  • Acoustical Society of America Mentorship Award
  • Wolfgang Göpel Award, Intl. Soc. on Olfaction & Electronic Noses
  • Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
  • NIH Research Career Development Award
  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
  • Silver Medal of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce
  • Harold S. Johnston Lectureship in Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • Charles William Murtiashaw III Lectureship, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • J.T. Donald Lectureship, McGill University, Montreal
  • University of Melbourne Special Public Lectureship
  • W. Heinlen Hall Lectureship, Bowling Green State University
  • Robert A. Welch Foundation Lecturer
  • Wilsmore Fellow, University of Melbourne

Research interests

The Suslick Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is multi-disciplinary with three major research areas: (1) the chemical and physical effects of ultrasound (which includes nano-materials synthesis and sonoluminescence); (2) the mechanochemistry of inorganic solids (including shock wave energy dissipation by MOFs, i.e., metal-organic framework solids); and (3) chemical sensing, molecular recognition, and artificial olfaction, which is a spinoff of earlier work on the bioinorganic and materials chemistry of metalloporphyrins. Of particular interest is the development of the optoelectronic nose, i.e., colorimetric sensor arrays for the detection of VOCs, toxic industrial chemicals, explosives, as well as diverse QA/QC applications for foods and beverages.[11]

Some of his recent publications include papers and reviews on sonochemistry,[12][13][14][15][16] sonoluminescence,[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] and chemical sensing and electronic nose technology.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]


  1. ^ Xu, H.; Zeiger, B. W.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonochemical synthesis of nanomaterials" Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 2555–2567. DOI: 10.1039/c2cs35282f.
  2. ^ Askim, J. R.; Mahmoudi, M.; Suslick, K. S. "Optical sensor arrays for chemical sensing: the optoelectronic nose" Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 8649–82. DOI: 10.1039/c3cs60179j
  3. ^ Suslick curriculum vitae
  4. ^ “Sonochemistry” Science 1990, 247, 1439;
  5. ^ "Sonochemical Synthesis of Amorphous Iron” Nature 1991, 353, 414;
  6. ^ “The Sonochemical Hot Spot” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1986, 108, 5641;
  7. ^ "Applications of Ultrasound to Materials Chemistry” Annu. Rev. Matl. Sci., 1999, 29, 295;
  8. ^ “The Temperature of Cavitation” Science 1991, 253, 1397; and
  9. ^ "A colorimetric sensor array for odour visualization," Nature 406, 710-713 (17 August 2000) | doi:10.1038/35021028
  10. ^ MBI's Albunex FDA approval
  11. ^ "The Suslick Research Group". Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Flannigan, David J.; Suslick, Kenneth S. (2010). "Inertially confined plasma in an imploding bubble". Nature Physics. 6: 598. doi:10.1038/nphys1701.  More than one of |pages= and |page= specified (help)
  13. ^ Prozorov, T.; Prozorov, R.; Suslick, K. S. "High Velocity Inter-Particle Collisions Driven by Ultrasound" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 13890–13891.
  14. ^ Skrabalak, S. E.; Suslick, K. S. "Porous Carbon Powders Prepared by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 12642-12643.
  15. ^ Bang, J. H.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonochemical Synthesis of Nanosized Hollow Hematite" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 2242–2243.
  16. ^ Bang, J. H.; Suslick, K. S. "Applications of Ultrasound to the Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials" Advanced Materials 2010, 22, 1039–1059.
  17. ^ Flint, E. B.; Suslick, K. S. "The Temperature of Cavitation" Science 1991, 253, 1397–1399.
  18. ^ McNamara III, W. B.; Didenko, Y.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonoluminescence Temperatures During Multibubble Cavitation" Nature, 1999, 401, 772–775.
  19. ^ Didenko, Y.; McNamara III, W. B.; Suslick, K. S. "Molecular Emission from Single Bubble Sonoluminescence" Nature, 2000, 406, 877-879.
  20. ^ Didenko, Y.; Suslick, K. S. "The Energy Efficiency of Formation of Photons, Radicals, and Ions During Single Bubble Cavitation" Nature 2002, 418, 394–397.
  21. ^ Flannigan, D. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Plasma Formation and Temperature Measurement during Single-Bubble Cavitation" Nature, 2005, 434, 52–55.
  22. ^ Eddingsaas, N. C.; Suslick, K. S. "Mechanoluminescence: Light from sonication of crystal slurries" Nature, 2006, 444, 163.
  23. ^ Suslick, K. S.; Flannigan, D. J. "Sonoluminescence" Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2008, 59, 659–683.
  24. ^ Rakow, N. A.; Suslick, K. S. "A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Odour Visualization" Nature, 2000, 406, 710–714.
  25. ^ Zimmerman, S. C.; Wendland, M. S.; Rakow, N. A.; Zharov, I.; Suslick, K. S. "Synthetic Hosts by Monomolecular Imprinting Inside Dendrimers" Nature 2002, 418, 399–403.
  26. ^ Wang, J.; Luthey-Schulten, Z.; Suslick, K. S. "Is the Olfactory Receptor A Metalloprotein?" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2003, 100, 3035-3039.
  27. ^ Suslick, K. S. "An Optoelectronic Nose: Colorimetric Sensor Arrays" MRS Bulletin, 2004, 29, 720-725.
  28. ^ Lim, S. H.; Feng, L.; Kemling, J. W.; Musto, C. J.; Suslick, K. S. "An Optoelectronic Nose for Detection of Toxic Gases" Nature Chemistry, 2009, 1, 562-567.
  29. ^ Suslick, B. A.; Feng,L.; Suslick, K. S. "Discrimination of Complex Mixtures by a Colorimetric Sensor Array: Coffee Aromas" Anal. Chem., 2010, 82, 2067–2073.
  30. ^ Feng, L.; Musto, C.J.; Kemling, J. W.; Lim, S.H.; Suslick, K. S. "A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Identification of Toxic Gases below Permissible Exposure Limits" Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 2037–2039.
  31. ^ Feng, L.; Musto, C.J.; Suslick, K. S. "A Simple and Highly Sensitive Colorimetric Detection Method for Gaseous Formaldehyde" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 4046–4047.
  32. ^ Askim, Jon; Morteza Mahmoudi; Kenneth S. Suslick (2013). "Optical sensor arrays for chemical sensing: the optoelectronic nose". Chemical Society Reviews. 42: 8649–8682. doi:10.1039/C3CS60179J. 

External links

  • Suslick Group Website with Recent Publications
  • UIUC Department of Chemistry
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