Dr. Kenneth Suslick has been named the recepient of of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Suslick, the Marvin T. Schmidt professor of chemistry, works at the forefront of chemical sensing. He developed an artificial “nose” capable of detecting harmful substances in the air.
He has built a small optoelectronic device to “sniff out” poisonous gases, toxins and explosives. The device uses dots of chemically sensitive pigment printed in an array. The pigments change color when they sense chemicals in the air, and can identify both composition and concentration. His team developed easy-to-use handheld prototype devices to sense industrial chemicals and the explosives used in shoe bombs.
For the UI News Bureau Article on the award, please click here.