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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

  • B. Duong, H. Liu, L. Ma, M. Su, Covert thermal barcodes based on phase change nanoparticles, Scientific Reports 2014, 4, 5170.
  • Y. Luo, M. Hossain, C. Wang, Y. Qiao, J. An, L. Ma, M. Su, Targeted nanoparticles for enhanced X-ray radiation killing of multidrug resistant bacteria, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 687.
  • M. Hossain, M. Su, Nanoparticle location and materials dependent enhancement of X-ray radiation therapy, J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 23047.
  • C. Wang, Z. Sun, L. Ma, M. Su, Simultaneous detection of multiple biomarkers with several orders of concentration difference using phase change nanoparticles, Anal. Chem. 2011, 83, 2215.
  • M. Zhang, Y. Hong, S. Ding, J. Hu, Y. Fan, A. Voevodin, M. Su, Encapsulated nano-heat-sinks for thermal management of heterogeneous chemical reactions, Nanoscale 2010, 2, 2790.
  • Y. Hong, S. Ding, W. Wu, J. Hu, A. A. Voevodin, L. Gschwender, E. Snyder, L. Chow, M. Su, Enhancing heat capacity of colloidal suspension using nanoscale encapsulated phase change materials for heat transfers, Appl. Mater. Interface, 2010, 2, 1685.
  • Y. Qiao, P. Zhang, C. Wang, L. Ma, M. Su "Reducing X-ray Induced Oxidative Damages in Fibroblasts with Graphene Oxide", Nanomaterials, 4(2), 2014, 522-534 
  • M. Hossain, M. Su "Nanoparticle Location and Materials Dependent Enhancement of X-ray Radiation Therapy", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116(43), 2012, 23047-23052

Related News

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.

June 1, 2017

ChE Associate Professor Ming Su was invited to present his research on "Single cell based DNA damage assay for space radiation research" at the 5th International Symposium on Space Radiation and Particle Radiotherapy (ISRPRT 2017).

November 17, 2016

ChE Associate Professor Ming Su's research on cancer biomarker detection using phase change nanoparticles was highlighted in the recent annual report of Lung Cancer Research Program of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of Department of Defense.