Research Asssistant Professor
Research Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
B.S. Pennsylvania State University, 2002; Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2009; Chemical Engineering
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.