Carnegie Mellon University

Susan Fullerton

Susan Fullerton

Assistant Professor, Chemical/Petroleum Engineering

  • 907 Benedum Hall, University of Pittsburgh
  • 412-624-2079




Ph.D. Penn State University


2D Materials

Ion gating



Polymer electrolytes


Lu, H., Kwak, I., Park, J., O'Neill, K., Furuyama, T., Kobayashi, N., Seabaugh, A., Kummel, A., and Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., 2015, "Solution-Cast Monolayers of Cobalt Crown Ether Phthalocyanine on Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.119, pp. 21992-22000.

Park, J.H., Movva, H.C., Chagarov, E., Sardashti, K., Chou, H., Kwak, I., Hu, K., Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., Choudhury, P., Banerjee, S.K., and Kummel, A.C., 2015, "In-Situ Observation of Initial Stage in Dielectric Growth, and Deposition of Ultrahigh Nucleation Density Dielectric on Two-Dimensional Surfaces," Nano Letters, vol.15, pp. 6626-6633.

Wang, W., Gong, C.Wang, W., Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., Seabaugh, A., and Cho, K., 2015, "First-Principles Study of Crown Ether and Crown Ether-Li Complex Interactions with Graphene," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.119, no.34, pp. 20016-20022.

Xu, H., Kinder, E.W., Fathipour, S., Seabaugh, A.C., and Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., 2015, ""Reconfigurable ion gating of 2H-MoTe2 field-effect transistors using poly(ethylene oxide)-CsClO4 solid polymer electrolyte," ACS Nano, vol.9, no.5, pp. 4900-4910.

Khan, A.A., Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., and Howard, S.S., 2014, "Easily prepared ruthenium-complex nanomicelle probes for two-photon quantitative imaging of oxygen in aqueous media," RSC Advances, vol.5, pp. 291-300.

Schaetzl, D.M., Li, P., Chaudhari, N., Bernstein, G.H., and Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., 2014, "Magnetic alignment of gamma (core) - alpha (shell) Fe2O3 nanorods in a solid polymer electrolyte for Li-ion batteries," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.118, no.33, pp. 18836-18845.

Elliot, L.C., Jing, B., Akgun, B., Zhu, Y., Bohn, P.W., and Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., 2013, "Loading and distribution of a model small molecule drug in poly(N-isopropyl-acrylamide) brushes a neutron reflectometry and AFM study," Langmuir, vol.29, no.10, pp. 3259-3268.

Do, N.S., Schaetzl, D.M., Dey, B., Seabaugh, A.C., and Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., 2012, "Influence of Fe2O3 nanofiller shape on the conductivity and thermal properties of solid polymer electrolytes: nanorods versus nanospheres," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.116, no.40, pp. 21216-21223.

Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., Ganapatibhotla, V.N., Shi, W., and Maranas, J.K., 2011, "Influence of humidity and crystallization time on the ionic conductivity of nanoparticle-filled solid polymer electrolytes," Journal of Polymer Science B, vol.49, no.21, pp. 1496-1505.

Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., and Maranas, J.K., 2010, "Structure and mobility of PEO/LiClO4 solid polymer electrolytes filled with Al2O3 nanoparticles," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.114, no.20, pp. 9196-9206.

Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., and Maranas, J.K., 2009, "Effect of LiClO4 on the structure and mobility of PEObased solid polymer electrolytes," Macromolecules, vol.42, no.6, pp. 2142-2156.

Fullerton, S., and Maranas, J.K., 2005, "A molecular dynamics study of the structural dependence of boron oxide nanoparticles on shape," Nano Letters, vol.5, no.2, pp. 363-368.

Fullerton, S., and Maranas, J.K., 2004, "A molecular interpretation of vitreous boron oxide dynamics," Journal of Chemical Physics, vol.121, no.7, pp. 8562-8570.

Fullerton-Shirey, S.K., and Maranas, J.K., "Molecular Mobility and Ion Transport in Solid Polymer Electrolytes For Lithium Batteries," NIST Center for Neutron Research 2009 Annual Report, vol.1105, pp. 32-33.

Awards & Honors

(2009) The Frank J. Padden Jr. Award for "Excellence in Polymer Physics Research" - The American Physical Society.

(2007) General Electric - First Year Faculty for the Future Fellowship in Engineering ($10,000).

(2006) Outstanding Research Presentation: The Larry Duda Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Performance in Chemical Engineering, sponsored by Arkema, Inc. ($3000).

(2006) Travel Award to the Eighth International Conference on Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering Bloomington Convention Center, Bloomington, IN USA.

(2005) Travel Award to Methods and Applications of Neutron Spectroscopy NIST Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD USA.

(2005) Travel Award to the Spallation Neutron Source - High Flux Isotope Reactor Users Meeting Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN USA.

(2004) National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

(2004) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: The Walter R. and Aura Lee Supina Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering ($2000).

(2003) General Electric - Faculty for the Future Fellowship in Engineering ($5000).

(2003) Marie Underhill Noll Graduate Fellowship in Engineering ($2500).

(2003) The Arthur and Elizabeth Rose Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering ($5000).

(1998) James H. Lum Scholarship in Engineering ($4000).

(1998) Paul Morrow Endowed Scholarship in Engineering ($4000).