Susan M. Kauzlarich

Susan Kauzlarich

Position Title
Distinguished Professor

206 Chemistry


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.

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • Boomer Lecture, University of Alberta (2023)
  • Editor, Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths (2023-present)
  • Deputy Editor Science Advances (2022-present)
  • ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2022)
  • Anton Burg Lecturer, University of Southern California (2021)
  • VIPEr (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource) Fellow (2020)
  • Karcher-Barton Lectureship, University of Oklahoma (2019)
  • UC Davis Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (2017)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Faculty Research Program Award (2017)
  • The Brown & Williamson Seminar, U. Louisville (2017)
  • AAAS Chair-Elect of the Section on Chemistry (2017)
  • Distinguished Professor (2014)
  • Department Chair (2013-2016)
  • 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)
  • Faculty Assistant to the Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2010-2013)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) (2008)
  • Editor, Chemistry of Materials (2006-2021)
  • 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 (2004-2010)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths (2002-2022)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research (2001-2002)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2000-2005)
  • 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 (1985-1987)
  • Ph.D. Michigan State (1985)
  • B.S. College of William and Mary (1980)

Representative Publications