Ming Su

Professor,  Chemical Engineering



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Research Focus

Biosensing, nanomedicines, nanoparticles, 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

Biosensing, nanomedicines, nanoparticles, nano enhanced process

Translational Nanomedicine Lab

We are doing fundamental and applied researches on materials and medicines. One major area is phase change nanoparticles and nanoporous materials, which are studied for a variety of applications such as heat transfer, biosensing, barcoding, and cooling. Another area is micro and nano-engineering for precision medicines such as cancer early detection, dose enhancement, and personalized tests. We also study some new ways for materials characterization.

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

Selected Publications

  • Li, Q., Bencherif, S., Su, M. (2021). Edge-Enhanced Microwell Immunoassay for Highly Sensitive Protein Detection, Analytical chemistry.
  • Zheng, Yiting, Li, Qingxuan, Wang, Chenfei, Su, Ming (2021). Enhanced Turn-On Fluorescence Detection of Aqueous Lead Ions with Size-Shrinkable Hydrogels. ACS Omega, 10.1021/ACSOMEGA.1C00150
  • Mohammed, Ramy H., Mesalhy, Osama, Elsayed, Mohamed L., Huo, Ruiqing, Su, Ming, Chow, Louis C. (2020). Performance of desiccant heat exchangers with aluminum foam coated or packed with silica gel. Applied Thermal Engineering, 166,114626. 10.1016/J.APPLTHERMALENG.2019.114626
  • Wang, Miao, Su, Ming (2020). High-Throughput Screening of Coke-Resistant Catalyst with Thermal Barcode. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 59(4),1517-1525. 10.1021/ACS.IECR.9B04545
  • Wang, Miao, Wang, Chaoming, Ma, Ruiting, Hu, Weike, Su, Ming (2020). Metamorphic barcodes based on lithographically defined microdots incorporating nanoparticles of phase change materials. Journal of Materials Science, 55(14),5823-5831. 10.1007/S10853-020-04429-5
  • Wang, Zhiqiang, Liu, Jingwen, Mohammed, Ramy, Elsayed, Mohamed, Chow, Louis, Su, Ming (2020). A stably cross-linked ink on filter paper with 1D transport for efficient photothermal water treatment. SN Applied Sciences, 2(11). 10.1007/S42452-020-03556-7
  • Li, Qingxuan, Ma, Liyuan, Su, Ming (2019). Single identical cell toxicity assay on coordinately ordered patterns. Analytica Chimica Acta, 1065,56-63. 10.1016/J.ACA.2019.02.040
  • Wang, Miao, Su, Ming (2019). Thermal-optical readout of multi-level thermal emissivity Ge2Sb2Te5 patterns. Materials Letters, 257,126728. 10.1016/J.MATLET.2019.126728
  • Zheng, Wenjun, Li, Ping, Wang, Zhiqiang, Golshan, Negar H., Ziemer, Katherine S., Su, Ming (2019). High-yield large scale laser patterning of magnetic nanoparticles. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 489,165419. 10.1016/J.JMMM.2019.165419
  • Zheng, Yiting, Li, Qingxuan, Hu, Weike, Liao, Jun, Zheng, Guoan, Su, Ming (2019). Whole slide imaging of circulating tumor cells captured on a capillary microchannel device. Lab on a Chip, 19(22),3796-3803. 10.1039/C9LC00412B
  • Zhu, Zhijun, Li, Qingxuan, Li, Ping, Xun, Xiaojie, Zheng, Liyuan, Ning, Dandan, Su, Ming (2019). Surface charge controlled nucleoli selective staining with nanoscale carbon dots. PLoS ONE, 14(5),e0216230. 10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0216230
  • Deng, J., Xu, S., Hu, W., Xun, X., Zheng, L., & Su, M. (2018). Tumor targeted, stealthy and degradable bismuth nanoparticles for enhanced X-ray radiation therapy of breast cancer. Biomaterials, 154, 24-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.10.048
  • Hou, S. & Su, M. (2018). Image-Based Rapid Measurements of Temperature-Dependent Thermal Conductivities. Journal of Heat Transfer, 140(8), 084501-. http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4039219
  • Jiao, L., Li, Q., Deng, J., Okosi, N., Xia, J., & Su, M. (2018). Nanocellulose templated growth of ultra-small bismuth nanoparticles for enhanced radiation therapy. Nanoscale, 10(14), 6751-6757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7nr06462d
  • Li, H., Ye, A., & Su, M. (2018). Application of Stem Cells and Advanced Materials in Nerve Tissue Regeneration. Stem Cells International, 2018, 1-2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2018/4243102
  • Li, Q., Wei, Q., Zheng, W., Zheng, Y., Okosi, N., Wang, Z., Su, M. (2018). Enhanced Radiation Shielding with Conformal Light-Weight Nanoparticle–Polymer Composite. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(41), 35510-35515. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b10600
  • Zheng, W., Golshan, N., Celestin, S., Ziemer, K., & Su, M. (2018). Highly efficient in situ oxidization of metal ions in porous media with high power laser. Applied Optics, 57(15), 4232-. http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/ao.57.004232
  • Hou, S., M. Wang, S. Guo, M. SuPhoto-thermally driven refreshable microactuators based on graphene oxide doped paraffin materials, Appl. Mater. Interface 2017, 9, 26476.
  • Hou, S., R. Huo, M. SuHigh throughput integrated thermal characterization with non-contact optical calorimetry, Rev. Sci. Instruments 2017, 88, 104902.
  • Qiao, Y., Y. Zhou, T. Xiao, Z. Zhang, L. Ma, M. Su, G. Suo, Evaluating single cell DNA damage induced by enhanced radiation on gold nanofilm patch, Appl. Mater. Interface 2017, 9, 36525.
  • Qiu, Y., D. Ning, P. Zhang, S. Curly, Y. Qiao, L. Ma, M. SuThree-dimensional microtissues as in vitro model for personalized radiation therapy, Analyst 2017, 142, 3605.
  • Zheng, W., S. Hou, M. SuLaser induced rapid decontamination of aromatic compound from porous soil simulant, J. Appl. Phys. 2017, 122, 083106.
  • Zhu, Z., M. SuPolydopamine nanoparticles for combined chemo- and photothermal cancer therapy, Nanomaterials, 2017, 7, 160.
  • 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, 22110-22114
  • 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, 2718-2723
  • L. Ma, Y. Qiao, R. Jones, N. Singh, M. Su, Single Cell HaloChip Assay on Paper for Personalized Medicine, Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry, 408, 2016, 7753-7759
  • 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, 7372-7376
  • 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


May 08, 2024

2024 URF Scholars Recipients

Thirty-six engineering students received 2024 URF Scholars Awards from Northeastern’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. URF Scholars are students who are graduating this year and who have earned a PEAK Experience Award, applied for a distinguished fellowship, or participated in graduate school advising.


Feb 26, 2024

Northeastern Among Top 100 Universities for Utility Patents

Northeastern University, recognized for its excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship, has once again been named one of the top 100 universities worldwide for securing utility patents by the National Academy of Inventors.


Dec 20, 2023

Developing a Microwell Array for Improved Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

ChE Professor Ming Su and Assistant Research Professor Sidi Bencherif were awarded a patent for “Coordinately-ordered single cells with individual identities for high-throughput assay.”


Aug 18, 2022

Creating Radiation Shielding with Nanoparticle Composites

ChE Professor Ming Su was awarded a patent for “Enhanced radiation shielding with conformal, lightweight nanoparticle-polymer composite.”

PhD students work in lab


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.

group photo of people from conference


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).

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