Kenneth S. Suslick

Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry;
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering;
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology


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 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.

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 and sonoluminescence) 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. As part of this diversity, we often collaborate with other researchers both at UIUC and at other universities across the world.


 

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.
  • Sir George Stokes Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • ACS Senior Cope Scholar Award.
  • ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education.
  • Materials Research Society Medal.
  • Acoustical Society of America Mentorship Award.
  • Wolfgang Göpel Award, Intl. Soc. on Olfaction & Electronic Noses.
  • NIH Research Career Development Award.
  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.
  • Silver Medal of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.

  • Fellow, AAAS.
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society.
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America.
  • Fellow, Materials Research Society.

  • Harold S. Johnston Lectureship in Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Wilsmore Fellow, University of Melbourne.
  • 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 Lectureship.
  • 3ème Cycle Lectureship, Switzerland.
  • Charles William Murtiashaw III Lectureship, University of South Carolina, Columbia.
  • Five College Lecturer (Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Hampshire and U. Mass. Amherst).
  • Cherry Emerson Lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology.



Selected Recent and Introductory Publications:

           For a complete list of 350 publications and patents with pdf files, please click here.

           For a complete Web of Science .ciw file (importable to EndNote), please click here.

Some Introductory Invited Reviews:

The Sonochemistry of Materials and Biomaterials:

Sonoluminescence:

Sensors, Metalloporphyrins, Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, & the Optoelectronic Nose:

 

 



THE SCIENCE THE GROUP THE MAÎTRE D' LAGNIAPPE: A LITTLE EXTRA
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Kenneth S. Suslick
Dept. of Chemistry
University of Illinois
  at Urbana-Champaign
600 S. Mathews Av.
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: (217) 333-2794
Lab:    (217) 333-1532
Fax:    (217) 244-3186
ksuslick@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 
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Supramolecular Chemistry 1998


The Journal of Physical Chemistry 2006