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Ming Su

Associate Professor & Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Chemical Engineering
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2014.

I have created a multi-disciplinary research program targeting nanoparticles, disease detection, radiation therapy, and covert thermal barcodes. I am developing (1) a multi-marker based blood assay for rapid reliable screening of diseases (cancers, Alzheimer disease and infectious diseases) using phase change nanoparticles; (2) a covert barcode system with extremely high labeling capacity using phase change nanoparticles for drug and document authentication, and explosive tracking; and (3) nanoparticle enhanced radiation therapy and killing of multiple drug resistant bacteria. My long term goal is to use my expertise in advanced materials, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biosensing and X-ray microanalysis to develop next-generation platforms enabled by nanoparticles for early detections and treatments of diseases.


  • B.S. (Analytical Chemistry) Northwest University (China) 1993
  • Ph.D. (Materials Sciences and Engineering) Northwestern University 2004

Research & Scholarship Interests

phase change nanoparticles, nanomedicines, in vitro biomarker detections, nanoparticle-enhanced radiation therapy, biological heat transfer, covert thermal barcodes
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

Honors & Awards

  • American Chemical Society Doctoral New Investigator Award
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award

Selected Publications

  • S. Hou, W. Zheng, B. Duong, M. Su, All-Optical Decoder for Rapid and Noncontact Readout of Thermal Barcodes, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120,   2016, 22110
  • D. Ning, B. Duong, G. Thomas, Y. Qiao, L. Ma, Q. Wen, M. Su, Mechanical and Morphological Analysis of Cancer Cells on Nanostructured Substrates, Langmuir, 32, 2016, 2718
  • L. Ma, Y. Qiao, R. Jones, N. Singh, M. Su, Single Cell HaloChip Assay on Paper for Personalized Medicine, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, 408 2016, 7753
  • C. Wang, A. Sun, Y. Qiao, P. Zhang, L. Ma, M. Su, Cationic Surface Modification of Gold Nanoparticles for Enhanced Cell Uptake and Radio-Sensitization, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3, 2015, 7372
  • M. Wang, B. Duong, H. Fenniri, M. Su, Nanoparticle-Based Barcodes, Nanoscale, 7, 2015, 11240
  • P. Zhang, Y. Qiao, C. Wang, L. Ma, M. Su, Enhanced Radiation Therapy with Internalized Gold Nanoparticles, Nanoscale, 6, 2014, 10095
  • Y. Qiao, P. Zhang, C. Wang, L. Ma, M. Su, Reducing X-Ray Induced Oxidative Damages in Fibroblasts with Graphene Oxide, Nanomaterials, 4, 2014, 522  
  • B. Duong, H. Liu, L. Ma, M. Su, Covert Thermal Barcodes Based on Phase Change Nanoparticles, Nature Scientific Reports, 4, 2014, 5170

Related News

October 2, 2017

ChE Associate Professor Ming Su's article on "Three-dimensional microtissues as an in vitro model for personalized radiation therapy" was selected to be featured on the cover of the Analyst journal.

August 30, 2017

ChE Associate Professor Ming Su's research on "Laser induced rapid decontamination of aromatic compound from porous soil simulant" was published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

August 10, 2017

ChE Associate Professor Ming Su received a $300K grant from National Institute of Justice to work on new nanoparticle barcodes which would have astronomically large coding space, comparable to those of printed barcodes, but completely invisible to naked eyes.