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Ming Su

Professor & Associate Chair of International Collaborations,  Chemical Engineering



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Research Focus

phase change nanoparticles, nanomedicines, biomarker detections, nanoparticle-enhanced radiation therapy, heat transfer, covert barcodes, nano enhanced process


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

Honors & Awards

  • American Chemical Society Doctoral New Investigator Award
  • Department of Defense Concept Award
  • Department of Justice New Investigator Award
  • Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award

Research Overview

phase change nanoparticles, nanomedicines, biomarker detections, nanoparticle-enhanced radiation therapy, heat transfer, covert barcodes, nano enhanced process

Selected Research Projects

  • Adsorption Cooling with Nanoporous Monolithic Adsorbents
    • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • CAREER: Biosensing in Thermal Space
    • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Enhanced Radiation Therap with Nanoscale Frequency Modulator
    • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Phase Change Nanoparticles as Thermally Readable Taggants
    • Principal Investigator, National Institute of Justice

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • J. Deng, S. Xu, W. Hu, X. Xun, L. Zheng, M. Su, Tumor targeted, stealthy and degradable bismuth nanoparticles for enhanced X-ray radiation therapy of breast cancer, Biomaterials 2018, 154, 24.
  • L. Jiao, Q. Li, J. Deng, N. Okosi, J. Xia, M. Su, Nanocellulose templated growth of ultra-small bismuth nanoparticles for enhanced radiation therapy, Nanoscale 2018, 10, 6751.
  • W. Zheng, N. H. Golshan, S. J. Celestin, K. S. Ziemer, M. Su, Highly efficient in situ oxidization of metal ions in porous media with high power laser, Applied Optics 2018, 57, 4232.
  • J. Xia, Y. Qiu, X. Xun, L. Ma, J. Guan, M. Su, Single cell patterning for high throughput sub-cellular toxicity assay, Analytica Chemica Acta 2018, 1007, 26.
  • J. Xia, M. Su, Chip-scale alignment of long DNA nanofibers on patterned self-assembled monolayer, Lab on a Chip 2017, 17, 3234.
  • Y. Qiu, D. Ning, P. Zhang, S. Curly, Y. Qiao, L. Ma, M. Su, Three-dimensional micro-tissues as in vitro model for personalized radiation therapy, Analyst 2017, 142, 3605.
  • S. Hou, W. Zheng, B. Duong, M. Su, All-optical decoder for rapid and noncontact readout of thermal barcodes, J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 22110.


Jun 10, 2020

Effectiveness of Common Fabrics Against COVID

ChE Associate Professor Steve Lustig and Professor Ming Su’s research on “Effectiveness of Common Fabrics to Block Aqueous Aerosols of Virus-like Nanoparticles” was published in the American Chemical Society journal.

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May 15, 2018

First International Conference on Biomaterials and Chemical Biology

Professors Ming Su and Art Coury of the Department of Chemical Engineering hosted at Northeastern University the first International Conference on Biomaterials and Chemical Biology. Collaborative research in these disciplines has the potential to advance the field of biomaterials in a unique way and lead to new discoveries for better medicines and treatments. The conference […]


Oct 02, 2017

Su's Article Selected as Cover for Analyst

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.


Aug 30, 2017

Laser induced soil decontamination highlighted by AIP & UPI

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.


Aug 10, 2017

Su Awarded $300K Grant from Department of Justice

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. 


Jun 01, 2017

Su Presents Research at ISSRPRT 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).


Nov 17, 2016

Su Featured in DOD Lung Cancer Research Annual Report

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.

Aug 22, 2016

Su Awarded NSF Grant for Enhanced Adsorption Cooling

ChE Associate Professor Ming Su was awarded an $160K NSF grant for "Enhanced Adsorption Cooling with Monolithic Nanoporous Adsorbents".

May 10, 2016

Professor and Chair Thomas Webster and Professor Ming Su Featured as Opinion Leaders in International Journal of Nanomedicine Videos

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster and Associate Professor Ming Su are featured in videos highlighting "Biomedical perspectives of novel biomaterials" by Nanomedicine.

May 09, 2016

Chemical Engineering Celebrates New Collaboration with Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and the Longwan District (Wenzhou, China)

On April 5, delegates from the Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering and City Officials from the Longwan District traveled from Wenzhou, China to Northeastern for a special campus visit and welcoming ceremony.

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