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Susan Fullerton

Susan Fullerton

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Research Assistant Professor
College of Engineering


Phone: 412-624-2079

Office: University of Pittsburgh, 907 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


B.S. Pennsylvania State University, 2002; Chemical Engineering

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2009; Chemical Engineering


Prof. Susan Fullerton holds a courtesy appointment in the Electrical Engineering Department at Notre Dame.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh (Fall 2015).  Fullerton completed her Ph.D. in 2009 at the Pennsylvania State University in Chemical Engineering.  As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, she used neutron scattering techniques to measure the molecular-level structure and mobility of polymer electrolytes, offering new insight into the mechanisms for conductivity enhancement when metal oxide nanoparticles are used as an additive.  For this work she was awarded the 2009 Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award for excellence in polymer physics research by the American Physical Society (APS).  At Notre Dame, a and now at Pitt, she has extended her polymer electrolyte work to include both energy storage and applications in nanoelectronics.  These include field-controlled ion doping of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) FETs, and two-dimensional ion-graphene memory.  Fullerton continues to use neutron scattering techniques to study soft matter, including neutron reflectometry to quantify the distribution of small molecule drugs in a thermo-responsive polymer brush with angstrom resolution.          

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests: Ion gating for nanoelectronics, two-dimensional (2D) electronic devices, polymers for energy storage, polymer brushes for drug delivery, and block copolymer nanoprobes for biomedical imaging. 


ND Researchers Receive Grant to Develop Two-Dimensional Memory

July 17, 2014

The National Science Foundation’s “Grant Opportunities of Academic Liaison with Industry” (GOALI) program has awarded Notre Dame faculty members Susan Fullerton and Alan Seabaugh $368,000 to develop a new device that relies on the movement of ions to control electron transport in graphene—a single layer of carbon atoms