Kenneth S. Suslick

Kenneth S. Suslick

Kenneth S. Suslick
Born 1952
Nationality American
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alma mater California Institute of Technology, Stanford University
Doctoral advisor James P. Collman and John I. Brauman
Known for Sonochemistry, sonoluminescence, chemical sensors and artificial olfaction

Kenneth S. Suslick (born 1952) is the Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professor of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the world’s leading expert on the chemical and physical effects of ultrasound[1] and has received numerous awards for his work on sonochemistry and sonoluminescence. Professor Suslick has also introduced new technology in chemical sensing, specifically the use of colorimetric sensor arrays as an optoelectronic nose.[2]


  • Career 1
  • Some Selected Awards and Honors 2
  • Research interests 3
  • Quotations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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 at Urbana-Champaign immediately thereafter. He was promoted to full professor at the age of 35, held the first William H. & Janet Lycan Professorship in Chemistry, and then in 2004 became the inaugural Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.[3]

Professor Suslick is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Materials Research Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Suslick has mentored more than 61 Ph.D. students and 32 postdoctoral associates. He has published more than 350 scientific papers, edited four books, and holds more than 20 patents. His papers have been cited more than 30,000 times and his h-index is 88 (i.e., 88 papers with 88 or more citations), as of November, 2014. His six most cited papers are listed below.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

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™,[10] 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 and its successor, iSense Systems/Metabolomx in Mountain View, for the commercialization of the Suslick group's optoelectronic nose technology with particular focus on biomedical applications of this unique sensor technology.

Some Selected Awards and Honors

  • Sir George Stokes Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award
  • Materials Research Society Medal
  • American Chemical Society Senior Cope Scholar Award
  • Acoustical Society of America Mentorship Award
  • Wolfgang Göpel Award, Intl. Soc. on Olfaction & Electronic Noses
  • Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
  • NIH Research Career Development Award
  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
  • Silver Medal of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce
  • Acoustical Society of America Mentorship Award
  • Harold S. Johnston Lectureship in Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • Charles William Murtiashaw III Lectureship, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • 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 Lecturer
  • Wilsmore Fellow, University of Melbourne

Research interests

The Suslick Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is multi-disciplinary with two major research areas: (1) the chemical effects of ultrasound (which includes nano-materials synthesis and sonoluminescence) and (2) chemical sensing, molecular recognition, and artificial olfaction, particularly the development of his patented "optoelectronic nose".[11]

Some of his recent publications include papers and reviews on sonochemistry,[12][13][14][15] sonoluminescence,[16][17][18][19][20][21][22] and chemical sensing and electronic nose technology.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]


Suslick's Scheme of Priorities: If it isn't worth doing, it isn't worth doing right.
Suslick's Law of Threes: It always takes three times to do anything right. The first time you either overshoot or undershoot; the second time you either over-compensate or under-compensate; it's not until the third time that you have a chance to get it right.
Suslick's First Law of Maps: All countries are the same size—one map page.
The plural of 'anecdote' is not 'data'.
Science is fundamentally a neurotic behavior. The 'well-adjusted', by definition, do not wish to understand or change the world; they simply accept it. Only the neurotic wants to know why and how. Only the neurotic wants change.
Never be intimidated by your own ignorance. All of us are mostly ignorant of what is known and infinitely ignorant of everything that isn't!
Ego is a house cat. It's nice to stroke, but watch out for the claws; it needs feeding often, and heaven help you if it gets out the front door.
Ties are what administrators use to cut off the flow of blood to their brains.
Student Leader: a thug with big friends. Political Leader: a thug with rich friends. World Leader: a thug with an army.
Cynicism is the first refuge of the romantic.


  1. ^ Xu, H.; Zeiger, B. W.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonochemical synthesis of nanomaterials" Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 2555-2567. DOI: 10.1039/c2cs35282f.
  2. ^ Nature 406, 710-713 (17 August 2000) | doi:10.1038/35021028
  3. ^ Suslick curriculum vitae
  4. ^ “Sonochemistry” Science 1990, 247, 1439;
  5. ^ "Sonochemical Synthesis of Amorphous Iron” Nature 1991, 353, 414;
  6. ^ “The Sonochemical Hot Spot” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1986, 108, 5641;
  7. ^ "Applications of Ultrasound to Materials Chemistry” Annu. Rev. Matl. Sci., 1999, 29, 295;
  8. ^ “The Temperature of Cavitation” Science 1991, 253, 1397;
  9. ^ "A colorimetric sensor array for odour visualization," Nature 406, 710-713 (17 August 2000) | doi:10.1038/35021028
  10. ^ MBI's Albunex FDA approval
  11. ^ "The Suslick Research Group". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Prozorov, T.; Prozorov, R.; Suslick, K. S. "High Velocity Inter-Particle Collisions Driven by Ultrasound" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 13890-13891.
  13. ^ Skrabalak, S. E.; Suslick, K. S. "Porous Carbon Powders Prepared by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 12642-12643.
  14. ^ Bang, J. H.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonochemical Synthesis of Nanosized Hollow Hematite" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 2242-2243.
  15. ^ Bang, J. H.; Suslick, K. S. “Applications of Ultrasound to the Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials” Advanced Materials 2010, 22, 1039–1059.
  16. ^ Flint, E. B.; Suslick, K. S. "The Temperature of Cavitation" Science 1991, 253, 1397-1399.
  17. ^ McNamara III, W. B.; Didenko, Y.; Suslick, K. S. "Sonoluminescence Temperatures During Multibubble Cavitation" Nature, 1999, 401, 772-775.
  18. ^ Didenko, Y.; McNamara III, W. B.; Suslick, K. S. "Molecular Emission from Single Bubble Sonoluminescence" Nature, 2000, 406, 877-879.
  19. ^ Didenko, Y.; Suslick, K. S. "The Energy Efficiency of Formation of Photons, Radicals, and Ions During Single Bubble Cavitation" Nature 2002, 418, 394-397.
  20. ^ Flannigan, D. J.; Suslick, K. S. "Plasma Formation and Temperature Measurement during Single-Bubble Cavitation" Nature, 2005, 434, 52-55.
  21. ^ Eddingsaas, N. C.; Suslick, K. S. "Mechanoluminescence: Light from sonication of crystal slurries" Nature, 2006, 444, 163.
  22. ^ Suslick, K. S.; Flannigan, D. J. "Sonoluminescence" Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2008, 59, 659-683.
  23. ^ Rakow, N. A.; Suslick, K. S. "A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Odour Visualization" Nature, 2000, 406, 710-714.
  24. ^ Zimmerman, S. C.; Wendland, M. S.; Rakow, N. A.; Zharov, I.; Suslick, K. S. "Synthetic Hosts by Monomolecular Imprinting Inside Dendrimers" Nature 2002, 418, 399-403.
  25. ^ Wang, J.; Luthey-Schulten, Z.; Suslick, K. S. "Is the Olfactory Receptor A Metalloprotein?" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2003, 100, 3035-3039.
  26. ^ Suslick, K. S. "An Optoelectronic Nose: Colorimetric Sensor Arrays" MRS Bulletin, 2004, 29, 720-725.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ Askim, Jon; Morteza Mahmoudi; Kenneth S. Suslick (2013). "Optical sensor arrays for chemical sensing: the optoelectronic nose". Chemical Society Reviews 42: 8649–8682.  

External links

  • Suslick Group Website with Recent Publications
  • UIUC Department of Chemistry