Centenary Prize 2016 Winner


Professor Kenneth Suslick
Professor Kenneth Suslick
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Awarded for his work on the chemical effects of ultrasound and for having a substantial impact in physical chemistry, materials chemistry, and medicinal chemistry

 

 

 


About the Winner


Ken Suslick is the Marvin T Schmidt Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Suslick received his BS from the California Institute of Technology in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1978, and came to the UIUC immediately thereafter. He is the recipient of the Sir George Stokes Medal of the RSC, the Materials Research Society Medal, the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, the ACS Senior Cope Scholar Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship; he is a Fellow of the AAAS, the ACS, the APS the MRS, the RSC, and the Acoustical Society of America. Professor Suslick has published more than 360 scientific papers, edited four books, and holds 42 patents and patent applications.

Professor Suslick's two major research areas are the chemical effects of ultrasound (which includes nano-materials synthesis and sonoluminescence) and chemical sensing (specifically, his invention of the optoelectronic nose for the detection of VOCs, toxic gases, and explosives). In addition to his academic research, Professor Suslick has had significant entrepreneurial experience. He was the lead consultant for the team that commercialized the first echo contrast agent for medical sonography, Albunex™, which became Optison™. He was also the founding consultant for VivoRx Pharmaceuticals and co-inventor of Abraxane™, the predominant delivery system for taxol chemotherapy for breast cancer; In 2001, he co-founded ChemSensing, which began the commercialization of the Suslick group's optoelectronic nose technology and its successor in 2008, iSense Systems located in Silicon Valley.


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