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Susan Fullerton

Susan Fullerton

Research Asssistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Research Assistant Professor
College of Engineering

Email: sfullert@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-1367

Office: 317 Cushing Hall

Education

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

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

Biography

Prof. Susan Fullerton joined the University of Notre Dame during Fall 2009 as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering after completing her Ph.D. 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).  The results were also featured in the 2009 NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) annual report.  In addition to her experimental work, Fullerton published results of molecular dynamics simulations of the network glass former, boron oxide.  At Notre Dame, 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. 

News

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

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