Kenneth S. Suslick

 Kenneth Suslick

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
A420 CLSL, Box 15-6
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Marvin T. Schmidt Research Professor of Chemistry
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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. 

Research Interests

  • 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

Research Description

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.

Some Selected Recent Publications:


Suslick, K. S.; Flannigan, D. J. "Inside a Collapsing Bubble: Sonoluminescence and the Conditions during Cavitation" Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 200859, 659-683.

Suslick, K. S. "Synesthesia in Science and Technology: More than Making the Unseen Visible" Current Opin. Chem. Bio. 201216, 557-563.

Askim, J. R.; Mahmoudi, M.; Suslick, K. S. "Optical sensor arrays for chemical sensing: the optoelectronic nose" Chem. Soc. Rev. 201342, 8649 - 8682.

Xu, H.; Zeiger, B. W.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonochemical synthesis of nanomaterials" Chem. Soc. Rev. 201342, 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. 201551, 6248-6256.

Hinman, J. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Nanostructured Materials Synthesis Using Ultrasound" Top. Curr. Chem.2017375, 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 Chemistry20091, 562-567.

Flannigan, D. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Inertially-Confined Plasma in an Imploding Bubble" Nature Physics 20106, 598-601.

Suslick, B. A.; Feng,L.; Suslick, K. S. "Discrimination of Complex Mixtures by a Colorimetric Sensor Array: Coffee Aromas" Anal. Chem.201082, 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.201046, 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.2010132, 4046-4047.

Lin, H.; Suslick, K. S. "A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Determination of Triacetone Triperoxide Vapor" J. Am. Chem. Soc.2010132, 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. 2011133, 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 Science20152, 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. 201515, 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. 2015137, 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. 20156, 6581-1-7. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7581

Rankin, J. M.; Suslick, K. S. "The development of a disposable gas chromatography microcolumn" Chem. Commun. 201551, 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. 201551, 15312-15315. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06221G

Askim, J. R.; Suslick, K. S. "Hand-Held Reader for Colorimetric Sensor Arrays" Anal. Chem. 201587, 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.20167, 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 Sensors20161(1), 17-21. DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.5b00014

Kim, H. N.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonofragmentation of Ionic Crystals" Chem. Eur. J.201723, 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.2017139, 4619-4622.

Miao, Y.-R.; Zu, Z.; Suslick, K. S. "Energy Storage during Compression of Metal-Organic Frameworks" J. Am. Chem. Soc.2017139, 4667-4670.

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
  • Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Award
  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America.
  • Fellow, Materials Research Society
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • George Eastman Professor at the University of Oxford, 2018-2019

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