Susan M. Kauzlarich is an American chemist who is a professor and Chair of the department of chemistry at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). At UC Davis, Kauzlarich leads a research group focused on the synthesis of novel materials for magnetic resonance imaging, and nanomaterials for applications in the energy and biomedical sciences, such as opto-electronic nanomaterials and nanomaterials for drug-delivery. Kauzlarich also works on Zintl phases, nanoclusters, thermoelectrics. Kauzlarich has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded several patents.
Education, career, and service
Kauzlarich received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the College of William & Mary in 1980. Although originally planning to become a high school chemistry teacher, mentors she met in college encouraged her to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. She would go on to perform graduate work with Bruce A. Averill at Michigan State University where she received a chemistry PhD in 1985. During her graduate studies, Kauzlarich worked on several systems, in particular the development and study of low-dimensional conducting materials. During this time, she used x-ray absorption spectroscopy and neutron diffraction and submitted a proposal for intercalation chemistry to enable the synthesis of low-dimensional conducting materials. From 1985 to 1987, Kauzlarich was a postdoctoral fellow with John Corbett at Iowa State University where she explored synthesis and bonding in novel extended metal chain compounds.
Kauzlarich joined the department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis in 1987, where she became an associate professor in 1992, and in 1996, a full professor. She was a visiting scholar at Argonne National Laboratory from 1997-1998. Since 2013, she has held the position of a distinguished professor at UC Davis.
Kauzlarich serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Chemistry of Materials since 2006. She has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of the Rare Earths since 2002. She served as an associate editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry from 2000-2005, and as a member of the Advisory Review Board of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement from 2004 to 2010. Kauzlarich is the editor of the book "Chemistry, structure, and bonding of Zintl phases and ions".
Kauzlarich is an advocate for diversity in the chemistry community and is well known for her personal commitment to mentorship. Throughout her career she has built and continues to support a pipeline of women and underrepresented students in the field of chemistry from high school through graduate study. During her career, Kauzlarich's one-on-one mentorship strategies have expanded to help support a culture shift in her community through discussions, workshops, and development of new initiatives. One of her initiatives has been the development of the American Chemical Society Summer Educational Experience for the Economically Disadvantaged Program (SEED) program which she established in 1988. For her mentorship of students, Kauzlarich was recognized by Barack Obama with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2008. At UC Davis, she serves as committee member for the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science, part of the UC Davis "advance" initiative. Prior to assuming her current role as Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis, Kauzlarich served as the Faculty Assistant to the Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She is also an active member of the steering committees at UC Davis including the Women's Research and Resource Center and Women in Science and Engineering.
Research and notable publications
Kauzlarich's research focuses on synthesis and characterization of novel solid state materials. Some of Kauzlarich's publications from her independent research career are listed below:
- Hu, Yufei; Chen, Chih-Wei; Cao, Huibo; Makhmudov, F.; Grebenkemper, Jason H.; Abdusalyamova, M. N.; Morosan, Emilia; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2016-09-28). "Tuning Magnetism of [MnSb4]9– Cluster in Yb14MnSb11 through Chemical Substitutions on Yb Sites: Appearance and Disappearance of Spin Reorientation". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 138 (38): 12422–12431. doi:10.1021/jacs.6b05636. ISSN 0002-7863. PMID 27556742.
- Kazem, Nasrin; Zaikina, Julia V.; Ohno, Saneyuki; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2015-11-10). "Coinage-Metal-Stuffed Eu9Cd4Sb9: Metallic Compounds with Anomalous Low Thermal Conductivities" (PDF). Chemistry of Materials. 27 (21): 7508–7519. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b03808. ISSN 0897-4756.
- Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; G. Snyder, Jeffrey; Kauzlarich, Susan; Uhl, David; Janka, Oliver; Zevalkink, Alexandra; K. Bux, Sabah (2014). "Glass-like lattice thermal conductivity and high thermoelectric efficiency in Yb 9 Mn 4.2 Sb 9" (PDF). Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2 (1): 215–220. doi:10.1039/C3TA14021K.
- Cox, Catherine A.; Toberer, Eric S.; Levchenko, Andrey A.; Brown, Shawna R.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2009-04-14). "Structure, Heat Capacity, and High-Temperature Thermal Properties of Yb14Mn1−xAlxSb11" (PDF). Chemistry of Materials. 21 (7): 1354–1360. doi:10.1021/cm803252r. ISSN 0897-4756.
- Goforth, Andrea M.; Klavins, Peter; Fettinger, James C.; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2008-12-01). "Magnetic Properties and Negative Colossal Magnetoresistance of the Rare Earth Zintl phase EuIn2As2". Inorganic Chemistry. 47 (23): 11048–11056. doi:10.1021/ic801290u. ISSN 0020-1669. PMID 18959371.
- Toberer, Eric S.; Cox, Catherine A.; Brown, Shawna R.; Ikeda, Teruyuki; May, Andrew F.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2008). "Traversing the Metal-Insulator Transition in a Zintl Phase: Rational Enhancement of Thermoelectric Efficiency in Yb14Mn1−xAlxSb11". Advanced Functional Materials. 18 (18): 2795–2800. doi:10.1002/adfm.200800298. ISSN 1616-3028.
- Brown, Shawna R.; Toberer, Eric S.; Ikeda, Teruyuki; Cox, Catherine A.; Gascoin, Franck; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2008-05-01). "Improved Thermoelectric Performance in Yb14Mn1−xZnxSb11 by the Reduction of Spin-Disorder Scattering". Chemistry of Materials. 20 (10): 3412–3419. doi:10.1021/cm703616q. ISSN 0897-4756.
- Toberer, Eric S.; Brown, Shawna R.; Ikeda, Teruyuki; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Jeffrey Snyder, G. (2008-08-11). "High thermoelectric efficiency in lanthanum doped Yb14MnSb11" (PDF). Applied Physics Letters. 93 (6): 062110. doi:10.1063/1.2970089. ISSN 0003-6951.
- Brown, Shawna R.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Gascoin, Franck; Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2006-04-01). "Yb14MnSb11: New High Efficiency Thermoelectric Material for Power Generation". Chemistry of Materials. 18 (7): 1873–1877. doi:10.1021/cm060261t. ISSN 0897-4756.
- Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Brown, Shawna R.; Jeffrey Snyder, G. (2007). "Zintl phases for thermoelectric devices". Dalton Transactions (21): 2099–107. doi:10.1039/b702266b. ISSN 1477-9226. PMID 17514328.
- Chan, Julia Y.; Olmstead, Marilyn M.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Webb, David J. (1998-11-01). "Structure and Ferromagnetism of the Rare-Earth Zintl Compounds: Yb14MnSb11 and Yb14MnBi11". Chemistry of Materials. 10 (11): 3583–3588. doi:10.1021/cm980358i. ISSN 0897-4756.
Kauzlarich has also been a longstanding global expert on the preparation of colloidal nanoclusters and most particularly the preparation of challenging to access Group IV derivatives. These materials hold promise in the areas of biomedicine alongside, importantly, next-generation devices with novel optical and transport properties. Listed below are some of her research team's publications in this research area to-date:
- Bernard, Andrew; Zhang, Keye; Larson, Daniel; Tabatabaei, Katayoon; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2018-05-07). "Solvent Effects on Growth, Crystallinity, and Surface Bonding of Ge Nanoparticles". Inorganic Chemistry. 57 (9): 5299–5306. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b00334. ISSN 0020-1669. PMID 29671319.
- Tabatabaei, Katayoun; Lu, Haipeng; Nolan, Bradley M.; Cen, Xi; McCold, Cliff E.; Zhang, Xinming; Brutchey, Richard L.; van Benthem, Klaus; Hihath, Joshua (2017-09-12). "Bismuth Doping of Germanium Nanocrystals through Colloidal Chemistry". Chemistry of Materials. 29 (17): 7353–7363. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02241. ISSN 0897-4756.
- Nolan, Bradley M.; Chan, Eric K.; Zhang, Xinming; Muthuswamy, Elayaraja; van Benthem, Klaus; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2016-05-24). "Sacrificial Silver Nanoparticles: Reducing GeI2 To Form Hollow Germanium Nanoparticles by Electroless Deposition". ACS Nano. 10 (5): 5391–5397. doi:10.1021/acsnano.6b01604. ISSN 1936-0851. PMID 27096547.
- Zuilhof, Han; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Veinot, Jonathan G. C.; Fink, Mark J.; Marcelis, Antonius T. M.; Alink, Gerrit M.; Mitchell, Brian S.; Clark, Rhett J.; Shukaliak, Amber (2013-05-16). "Cytotoxicity of surface-functionalized silicon and germanium nanoparticles: the dominant role of surface charges". Nanoscale. 5 (11): 4870–4883. doi:10.1039/C3NR34266B. ISSN 2040-3372. PMC 3667208. PMID 23619571.
- Muthuswamy, Elayaraja; Iskandar, Andrew S.; Amador, Marlene M.; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2013-04-23). "Facile Synthesis of Germanium Nanoparticles with Size Control: Microwave versus Conventional Heating". Chemistry of Materials. 25 (8): 1416–1422. doi:10.1021/cm302229b. ISSN 0897-4756.
- Atkins, Tonya M.; Cassidy, Maja C.; Lee, Menyoung; Ganguly, Shreyashi; Marcus, Charles M.; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2013-02-26). "Synthesis of Long T1 Silicon Nanoparticles for Hyperpolarized 29Si Magnetic Resonance Imaging". ACS Nano. 7 (2): 1609–1617. doi:10.1021/nn305462y. ISSN 1936-0851. PMC 3612549. PMID 23350651.
- Tu, Chuqiao; Ma, Xuchu; House, Adrian; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Louie, Angelique Y. (2011-04-14). "PET Imaging and Biodistribution of Silicon Quantum Dots in Mice". ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 2 (4): 285–288. doi:10.1021/ml1002844. PMC 3086380. PMID 21546997.
- Tu, Chuqiao; Ma, Xuchu; Pantazis, Periklis; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Louie, Angelique Y. (2010-02-17). "Paramagnetic, Silicon Quantum Dots for Magnetic Resonance and Two-Photon Imaging of Macrophages". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 132 (6): 2016–2023. doi:10.1021/ja909303g. ISSN 0002-7863. PMC 2836323. PMID 20092250.
- Zou, Jing; Baldwin, Richard K.; Pettigrew, Katherine A.; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2004). "Solution Synthesis of Ultrastable Luminescent Siloxane-Coated Silicon Nanoparticles". Nano Letters. 4 (7): 1181–1186. doi:10.1021/nl0497373. ISSN 1530-6984.
- Yang, Chung-Sung; Bley, Richard A.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Lee, Howard W. H.; Delgado, Gildardo R. (1999). "Synthesis of Alkyl-Terminated Silicon Nanoclusters by a Solution Route". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 121 (22): 5191–5195. doi:10.1021/ja9828509. ISSN 0002-7863.
Kauzlarich has received numerous awards including:
- AAAS Chair-Elect of the Section on Chemistry (2017)
- UC Davis Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (2017)
- Distinguished Professor, UC Davis (2014)
- 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)
- NASA Tech Brief Award NPO 42627: High Efficiency of Yb14MnSb11 For Thermoelectric Power Generation(2006)
- UC Davis Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award (2005)
- Outstanding Mentor Award from the UCD Consortium for Women and Research (2001-2002)
- Maria Goeppert Mayer Distinguished Scholar Award, Argonne National Laboratory (1997)