Kenneth Suslick is one of eight 2015 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Awardees. The title for his research is "The Optoelectronic Nose: An Adventure in Molecular Recognition".
The award provides a $20,000 grant to emeritus faculty in the chemical sciences in support of undergraduate research to be conducted under their guidance. Awardees are selected from applications submitted by colleges and universities from throughout the United States.
“Many emeritus faculty no longer teach courses nor take on graduate students. Their wealth of experience and knowledge, however, makes them a unique and valuable educational resource for undergraduates. This program provides for the development of a relationship where these senior scientists guide the students in perhaps their first research experience to generate new knowledge. Firsthand experience with the scientific research process is of value to all students, some of whom may be motivated to join the next generation of chemists,” states Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a leading non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences. It was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessman Camille Dreyfus. He directed that the Foundation's purpose be "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world."
Professor Suslick joined the University of Illinois in 1978 after obtaining his PhD from Stanford University. Some of his previous awards include a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Sir George Stokes Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry and a ACS Senior Cope Scholar Award. He has been a lead consultant for pharmaceutical firms developing new screening and drug delivery technologies and co-founded a startup utilizing his optoelectronic nose technology.