The American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Chemical Pioneer Award recognizes chemists and chemical engineers who have made outstanding contributions advancing the science of chemistry or impacting the chemical industry or the chemical profession.
Kenneth S. Suslick
Professor 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 immediately thereafter. He has published more than 350 papers, edited four books, and holds 26 patents.
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™, 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, which began the commercialization of the Suslick group's optoelectronic nose technology and its successor, iSense Systems LLC in Mountain View, for the biomedical applications of this unique sensor technology.
- sonochemical synthesis of materials, mechanochemistry of MOFs, amorphous and nanophase metals, carbides and catalysts; porphyrin and metalloporphyrin assemblies, monolayers, liquid crystals and nanoporous materials, protein microspheres; chemical and physical effects of ultrasound, heme proteins and their synthetic analogs, olfaction, sensors and artificial olfaction, protein microspheres for medical imaging and drug delivery
The Suslick Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is multi-disciplinary: our research projects involve individuals with interests not only in inorganic, but also in organometallic, bio-organic, materials (both inorganic and biomaterials), surface, analytical and physical chemistry.
Our two major research areas are the chemical effects of ultrasound (which includes nano-materials synthesis, sonoluminescence, and mechanochemistry of solids) and chemical sensing (specifically, our optoelectronic nose, i.e., colorimetric sensor array for the detection of VOCs). The latter project in artificial olfaction and molecular recognition is an exciting spinoff of our earlier work on the bioinorganic and materials chemistry of metalloporphyrins.
For more information on the Suslick Group and for pdf files of publications, please visit the Suslick Group Website.
h-index = 109 (i.e., 109 publications each with 109 or more citations). Total citations: >46,050. i10-index = 314 (# papers with ≥10 citations). Google Scholar, 09 Jan 2018.
Some Selected Recent Publications:
Suslick, K. S.; Flannigan, D. J. "Inside a Collapsing Bubble: Sonoluminescence and the Conditions during Cavitation" Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2008, 59, 659-683.
Suslick, K. S. "Synesthesia in Science and Technology: More than Making the Unseen Visible" Current Opin. Chem. Bio. 2012, 16, 557-563.
Askim, J. R.; Mahmoudi, M.; Suslick, K. S. "Optical sensor arrays for chemical sensing: the optoelectronic nose" Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 8649 - 8682.
Xu, H.; Zeiger, B. W.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonochemical synthesis of nanomaterials" Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 2555-2567.
Friscic, T.; James, S. L.; Boldyreva, E. V.; Bolm, C.; Jones, W.; Mack, J.; Steed, J. W.; Suslick, K. S. "Challenges and opportunities of modern mechanochemistry" Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 6248-6256.
Hinman, J. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Nanostructured Materials Synthesis Using Ultrasound" Top. Curr. Chem., 2017, 375, 1-36. DOI: 10.1007/s41061-016-0100-9
Selected Recent Papers:
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.
Flannigan, D. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Inertially-Confined Plasma in an Imploding Bubble" Nature Physics 2010, 6, 598-601.
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.
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.
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.
Lin, H.; Suslick, K. S. "A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Determination of Triacetone Triperoxide Vapor" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 15519-15521.
Carey, J. R.; Suslick, K. S.; Hulkower, K. I.; Imlay, J. A.; Imlay, K. R. C.; Ingison, C. K.; Ponder, J. B.; Sen, A.; Wittrig, A. E. "Rapid Identification of Bacteria with a Disposable Colorimetric Sensor Array" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 7571-7576.
Rankin, J. M.; Neelakantan, N. K.; Lundberg, K. E.; Grzincic, E. M.; Murphy, C. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Magnetic, Fluorescent and Copolymeric Silicone Microspheres" Advanced Science, 2015, 2, 1500114-1-5. DOI:10.1002/advs.201500114
Kim, H. N.; Sander, J. R. G.; Zeiger, B. W.; Suslick, K. S. "Spray Sonocrystallization" Cryst. Growth Des. 2015, 15, 1564-1567. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00072
Su, Z.; Miao, Y.-R.; Mao, S.-M.; Zhang, G.-H.; Dillon, S.; Miller, J. T.; Suslick, K. S. "Compression-Induced Deformation of Individual MOF Micro-crystals" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 1750-1753. DOI: 10.1021/ja5113436
You, S.; Chen, M.-W.; Dlott, D. D.; Suslick, K. S. "Ultrasonic hammer produces hot spots in solids" Nature Commun. 2015, 6, 6581-1-7. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7581
Rankin, J. M.; Suslick, K. S. "The development of a disposable gas chromatography microcolumn" Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 8920-8923. DOI: 10.1039/c4cc09915j
Li, Z.; Bassett, W. P.; Askim, J. R.; Suslick, K. S. "Differentiation among peroxide explosives with an optoelectronic nose" Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 15312-15315. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06221G
Askim, J. R.; Suslick, K. S. "Hand-Held Reader for Colorimetric Sensor Arrays" Anal. Chem. 2015, 87, 7810-7816. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01499
Askim, J. R.; Li, Z.; LaGasse, M. K.; Rankin, J. M.; Suslick, K. S. "An optoelectronic nose for identification of explosives" Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 199-206. DOI: 10.1039/c5sc02632f
Mahmoudi, M.; Lohse, S. E.; Murphy, C. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Identification of Nanoparticles with a Colorimetric Sensor Array" ACS Sensors, 2016, 1(1), 17-21. DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.5b00014
Kim, H. N.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonofragmentation of Ionic Crystals" Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 2778-2782.
Su, Z.; Shaw, W. L.; Miao, Y.-R.; You, S.; Dlott, D. D.; Suslick, K. S. "Shock Wave Chemistry in a Metal-Organic Framework" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 4619-4622.
Miao, Y.-R.; Zu, Z.; Suslick, K. S. "Energy Storage during Compression of Metal-Organic Frameworks" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 4667-4670.
Su, Z.; Miao, Y.-R.; Zhang, G.; Miller, J. T.; Suslick, K. S. “Bondbreakage under pressure in a metal organic framework” Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 8004-8011. DOI: 10.1039/c7sc03786d
Li, Z.; Fang, M.; LaGasse, M. K.; Askim, J. R.; Suslick, K. S. “Colorimetric Recognition of Aldehydes andKetones” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 9860-9863. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201705264
Li, Z.; Suslick, K. S. “A Hand-Held Optoelectronic Nose for theIdentification of Liquors” ACS Sensors, 2018, 3, 121-127. DOI:10.1021/acssensors.7b00709
Distinctions / Awards
- Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
- Sir George Stokes Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
- Centenary Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry
- ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education
- ACS Senior Cope Scholar Award
- Materials Research Society Medal
- Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal, Acoustical Society of America.
- Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists.
- George Eastman Professor at the University of Oxford, 2018-2019
- Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Award
- Fellow, American Chemical Society
- Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
- Fellow, Acoustical Society of America.
- Fellow, Materials Research Society
- Fellow, American Physical Society
- Fellow, AAAS
In The News
Kenneth S. Suslick has been appointed the 76th Eastman Professor at the University of Oxford for the academic year 2018-2019.
Kenneth Suslick will be awarded the annual Crano Memorial Award by the Akron ACS section at their general meeting held on April 26th.
A professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois has been nationally recognized for demonstrating a “prolific spirit of innovation.”
Suslick's sensors monitored pollutant exposure of Disney original artwork, like this 1928 'Steamboat Willie' celluloid, during a trip to China © Disney Enterprises, Inc., Courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Research Library.