Susan M. Kauzlarich

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Susan M. Kauzlarich
Alma materCollege of William and Mary, Michigan State University
Known forSolid-state chemistry, Materials chemistry, Nanoscience, Zintl phases, Thermoelectric materials
AwardsFellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Davis
Academic advisorsBruce A. Averill, John Corbett (chemist)

Susan M. Kauzlarich is an American chemist who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.[1] At UC Davis, Kauzlarich leads a research group focused on the synthesis of novel magnetic and electronic materials and on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for diverse applications in the energy and biomedical sciences. She is a world-renowned expert on the search and discovery of new materials with novel structures and properties. Kauzlarich is particularly well known for her expertise on Zintl phases and for her work on synthesis and characterization of nanoclusters.

Her research interests and scientific contributions have spanned an array of material classes and technological applications including: thermoelectrics,[2][3][4] opto-electronic nanomaterials, new magnetic materials, nanomaterials for drug-delivery, and new materials for magnetic resonance imaging. Kauzlarich has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded several patents for her innovative research contributions with cross-disciplinary technological impact.

Education, career, and service[edit]

Kauzlarich received her B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary (1980).[1][5] Kauzlarich has shared that she originally wanted to be a high school chemistry teacher but that mentors she met in college encouraged her to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.[6] She would go on to perform her graduate work with Bruce A. Averill at Michigan State University where she received her Ph.D. in 1985. During her graduate studies, Kauzlarich work was distinguished by her studies on several systems, most notably the development and study of low-dimensional conducting materials. During this time, she would leverage advanced characterization techniques for her research including x-ray absorption spectroscopy and neutron diffraction and, importantly, she would extend 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 (chemist) at Iowa State University[7] 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 and progressed to the rank of associate professor in 1992. In 1996, she became a full Professor. Kauzlarich was a visiting scholar at Argonne National Laboratory from 1997-1998. Since 2013, she has held the position of Distinguished Professor at UC Davis.[1]

Kauzlarich is very active in her profession at large and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Chemistry of Materials (2006–present). As of 2002, she is also currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of the Rare Earths. In addition to her research publications, Kauzlarich is the author of the book "Chemistry, structure, and bonding of Zintl phases and ions" published by Wiley.[8] Kauzlarich served as an associate editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry from 2000-2005.[1] She also served as a member of the Advisory Review Board of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement from 2004 to 2010.[9][1]

Kauzlarich has also been an advocate for many topics concerning boosting 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 successful 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 Kauzlarich's initiatives in this space 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 outstanding mentorship of students, Kauzlarich was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (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.[10] 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.[11]

Research and notable publications[edit]

Kauzlarich's research has spanned many topics which concern the synthesis and characterization of novel solid state materials and innovative structures. She specifically has targeted the discovery, design, and study of systems which hold promise for both advancing fundamental knowledge alongside the development of new technologies with the potential for global impact for both energy and also in the area of human health. Some of Kauzlarich's publications from her independent research career are listed below:

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:


Kauzlarich has been recognized by numerous awards including:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Susan Kauzlarich | Chemistry". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Grebenkemper, Jason H.; Hu, Yufei; Barrett, Dashiel; Gogna, Pawan; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Bux, Sabah K.; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2015-08-25). "High Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of Yb14MnSb11 Prepared from Reaction of MnSb with the Elements". Chemistry of Materials. 27 (16): 5791–5798. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b02446. ISSN 0897-4756.
  4. ^ Sui, Fan; Kauzlarich, Susan M. (2016-05-10). "Tuning Thermoelectric Properties of Type I Clathrate K 8– x Ba x Al 8+ x Si 38– x through Barium Substitution". Chemistry of Materials. 28 (9): 3099–3107. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00566. ISSN 0897-4756.
  5. ^ "CV Kauzlarich" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Science Advisory Committee Member Dr. Susan Kauzlarich AAAS Fellow". Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  7. ^ "Chemistry Tree - Susan Kauzlarich". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  8. ^ Chemistry, structure, and bonding of Zintl phases and ions. Kauzlarich, Susan Mary. New York: VCH. 1996. ISBN 1560819006. OCLC 34243294.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Science Advisory Committee Member Dr. Susan Kauzlarich AAAS Fellow". May 11, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Susan Kauzlarich". UC Davis ADVANCE. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  11. ^ "ChEMS Seminar: Synthesis and Characterization of Zintl Phases and Ge Nanocrystals for Thermoelectrics and Photovoltaic Applications". Retrieved March 23, 2019. She was the faculty assistant to the Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and now is the Chair of Chemistry at UC Davis and an active member of the steering committees for the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Women in Science and Engineering, and on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS).
  12. ^ "Election Results". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  13. ^ "Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring | Academic Affairs". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  14. ^ "ACS Winter Newsletter 2012" (PDF).
  15. ^ "2011 ACS Fellows". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  16. ^ "Recipients IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering" (PDF).
  17. ^ a b "Iota Sigma Pi, Kauzlarich" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Science Advisory Committee Member Dr. Susan Kauzlarich AAAS Fellow". Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  19. ^ a b "Newsletter of the Department of Chemistry at The College of William and Mary" (PDF).
  20. ^ a b Inorganic chemistry in focus. III. Meyer, G. (Gerd), 1949-, Naumann, Dieter, 1942-, Wesemann, Lars. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. 2006. ISBN 9783527609932. OCLC 86225074.CS1 maint: others (link)
  21. ^ Kauzlarich, Susan. "Individual Nomination".