Susan M. Kauzlarich

Professor Susan Kauzlarich

Professor Susan Kauzlarich

Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. Michigan State University

Synthesis and characterization of inorganic solid state and nanomaterials for emerging technologies. The design, synthesis and characterization of new materials are vital components of developing new technologies. My group maintains a balance of exploratory and directed research projects, spanning both novel structures and nanomaterials. There are many examples of compounds discovered with exciting properties that have had a global impact and will continue to change the state of science and technology in many different fields. This group has several different projects that address the needs of technology and biology and have made advances in new compounds such as the discovery of magnetoresistance in magnetic Zintl phases, high zT in Zintl phases, the size and surface control of group 14 nanoparticles (Si and Ge), core/shell group 14 nanoparticles, magnetically doped group 14 nanoparticles, and Fe/Au core/shell nanoparticles. My interests are on problems that are at the interface of chemistry and physics, biochemistry, and/or engineering with a focus on the design and synthesis of new functional materials and compounds. The goal of our research is to gain a deeper understanding or structure-property relationships and to design and synthesize materials with desired functions.
206 Chemistry
(530) 752-4756

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • UC Davis Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (2017)
  • AAAS Chair-Elect of the Section on Chemistry (2017-2020)
  • Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (2013)
  • Geoffrey Coates Lecture, University of Wyoming (2013)
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society (2011)
  • Patrick Lecture, Kansas State (2011)
  • IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (2011)
  • Iota Sigma Pi, National Honorary Member (2011)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2008)
  • Editor, Chemistry of Materials (2006-present)
  • NASA Tech Brief Award NPO 42627: High Efficiency of Yb14MnSb11 For Thermoelectric Power Generation (2006)
  • UC Davis Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award (2005)
  • Advisory Review Board Member, Research Corporation (2004-10)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths (2002-present)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research (2001-02)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2000-05)
  • Visiting Scholar, Argonne National Laboratory (1997-98)
  • Maria Goeppert Mayer Distinguished Scholar Award, Argonne National Laboratory (1997)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (1987)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Iowa State University (1985-87)
  • Ph.D. Michigan State (1985)
  • B.S. College of William and Mary (1980)

Representative Publications

  • Muthuswamy, E.; Iskandar, A. S.; Amador, M. M.; Kauzlarich, S. M., “Facile Synthesis of Germanium Nanoparticles with Size Control: Microwave versus Conventional Heating,” Chemistry of Materials, 25: 1416–1422. DOI: 10.1021/cm302229b (2013)
  • Singh, Mani P.; Atkins, Tonya M.; Muthuswamy, Elayaraja; Kamali, Saeed; Tu, Chuqiao; Louie, Angelique Y.; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “Development of Iron-Doped Silicon Nanoparticles As Bimodal Imaging Agents,” ACS Nano, 6: 5596-5604. (2012)
  • Uvarov, Catherine A.; Ortega-Alvarez, Francisco; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “Enhanced High-Temperature Thermoelectric Performance of Yb14-xCaxMnSb11,” Inorganic Chemistry, 51: 7617-7624. (2012)
  • Roudebush, John H.; de la Cruz, Clarina; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “Neutron Diffraction Study of the Type I Clathrate Ba8AlxSi46-x: Site Occupancies, Cage Volumes, and the Interaction between the Guest and the Host Framework,” Inorganic Chemistry, 51: 1805-1812. (2012)
  • Atkins, Tonya M.; Louie, Angelique Y.; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “An efficient microwave-assisted synthesis method for the production of water soluble amine-terminated Si nanoparticles,” Nanotechnology, 23: Article No. 294006. (2012)
  • Atkins, Tonya M.; Thibert, Arthur; Larsen, Delmar S.; Dey, Sanchita; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “Femtosecond Ligand/Core Dynamics of Microwave-Assisted Synthesized Silicon Quantum Dots in Aqueous Solution,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133: 20664-20667. (2011)
  • Tsujii, Naohito; Roudebush, John H.; Zevalkink, Alex; Cox-Uvarov, Catherine A.; Snyder, G. Jeffery; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “Phase stability and chemical composition dependence of the thermoelectric properties of the type-I clathrate Ba8AlxSi46-x (8 ≤ x ≤ 15)”, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 184: 1293-1303. (2011)
  • Tu, Chuqiao; Ma, Xuchu; Pantazis, Periklis; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Louie, Angelique Y., “Paramagnetic, Silicon Quantum Dots for Magnetic Resonance and Two-Photon Imaging of Macrophages”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132: 2016-2023. (2010)
  • Cox, Catherine A.; Toberer, Eric S.; Levchenko, Andrey A.; Brown, Shawna R.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Kauzlarich, Susan M., “Structure, Heat Capacity, and High-Temperature Thermal Properties of Yb14Mn1-xAlxSb11”, Chemistry of Materials, 21: 1354-1360. (2009)
  • Brown, Shawna; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Gascoin, Franck; Snyder, Geoffrey G., “Yb14MnSb11: New High Efficiency Thermoelectric Material for Power Generation”, Chemistry of Materials, 18: 1873-1877. (2006)
  • Neiner, Doinita, Chiu, Hsiang Wei, Kauzlarich, Susan M. “Low-Temperature Solution Route to Macroscopic Amounts of Hydrogen Terminated Silicon Nanoparticles”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128: 11016-11017. (2006)