Susan Fullerton

Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, 2009

The mission of the Nanoionics and Electronics Laboratory, led by Susan Fullerton, is to establish a fundamental understanding of ion-electron transport at the molecular level, and use this knowledge to design next-generation electronic devices at the limit of scaling for memory, logic, and energy storage.

Her research focuses on the development of materials for low-power electronics and next-generation batteries. She is a co-PI in the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology ( LEAST ), one of six STARnet centers funded by the semiconductor research corporation (SRC) and DARPA. The goal of the center is to develop low-power transistors and memory using 2D materials that are only one atom or molecule thick.  Fullerton uses polymer electrolytes to enable the exploration of new regimes of transport in the 2D materials, with the goal of developing a transistor with an operating voltage lower than traditional CMOS.  

Fullerton also uses electrolytes for the development of a 2D flash memory that would shrink memory to the ultimate limit of scaling.  Her work on this project is funded by the NSF through their GOALI program:  Grant Opportunities of Academic Liaison with Industry.  The industrial partner is Micron Technology, Inc. - a global leader in memory technology.  Fullerton and her co-PI, Alan Seabaugh (U. of Notre Dame), combine their expertise in polymer physics and device physics, respectively, using ion transport to control electron transport in graphene - a single layer of carbon atoms.

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Awate, Shubham Graduate Student
Chao, Zhongmou Graduate Student
Liang, Jierui Graduate Student
Woeppel, Aaron Undergraduate Student

Shubham Awate

Graduate Student
813 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15260


Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Zhongmou Chao

Graduate Student
3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15261


Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Jierui Liang

Graduate Student
3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15261


Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh


A low voltage nonvolatile single transistor flash memory device based on ion transport in 2D electrolytes (NSF-GOALI)

Aaron Woeppel

Undergraduate Student
3700 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Most Cited Publications
  1. "Effect of LiClO4 on the Structure and Mobility of PEO-Based Solid Polymer Electrolytes," Susan K. Fullerton-Shirey and Janna K. Maranas, Macromolecules 42, 2142 (2009)
  2. "2D materials advances: from large scale synthesis and controlled heterostructures to improved characterization techniques, defects and applications," Zhong Lin, Amber McCreary, Natalie Briggs, Shruti Subramanian, Kehao Zhang, Yifan Sun, Xufan Li, Nicholas J Borys , Hongtao Yuan, Susan K Fullerton-Shirey et al., 2D Mater. 3 042001 (2016)
  3. "Reconfigurable Ion Gating of 2H-MoTe2 Field-Effect Transistors Using Poly(ethylene oxide)-CsClO4 Solid Polymer Electrolyte," Huilong Xu, Sara Fathipour, Erich W. Kinder, Alan C. Seabaugh, and Susan K. Fullerton-Shirey, ACS Nano 9, 4900 (2015)
  4. "Structure and Mobility of PEO/LiClO4 Solid Polymer Electrolytes Filled with Al2O3 Nanoparticles," Susan K. Fullerton-Shirey and Janna K. Maranas, J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 9196 (2010)
  5. "Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Air Exposure Effects on Molecular Beam Epitaxy Grown WSe2 Monolayers and Bilayers." Jun Hong Park, Suresh Vishwanath, Xinyu Liu, Huawei Zhou, Sarah M Eichfeld, Susan K Fullerton-Shirey, Joshua A Robinson, Randall M Feenstra, Jacek Furdyna, Debdeep Jena, Huili Grace Xing, and Andrew C Kummel, ACS nano 10.4 (2016)
Recent Publications
  1. "Two-dimensional electric-double-layer Esaki diode,"  P Paletti, R Yue, C Hihnkle, SK Fullerton-Shirey, and A Seabaugh.  npj 2D Materials and Applications 3.1 (2019)
  2. "Effect of Nanoparticle Shape on the Electrical and Thermal Properties of Solid Polymer Electrolytes," S Vasudevan and SK Fullerton-ShireyJournal of Physical Chemistry C 123.17 (2019)
  3. Impact of Post‐Lithography Polymer Residue on the Electrical Characteristics of MoS2 and WSe2 Field Effect Transistors J Liang, K Xu, B Toncini, B Bersch, B Jariwala, YC Lin, J Robinson, ...Advanced Materials Interfaces 6 (3), 1801321 (2019)
  4. "Pulse Dynamics of Electric Double Layer Formation on All-Solid-State Graphene Field-Effect Transistors." Xu, Ke, Md Mahbubul Islam, David M. Guzman, Alan Seaubaugh, Alejandro Strachan, and Susan K. Fullerton-Shirey. ACS applied materials & interfaces (2018).
  5. "Considerations for utilizing sodium chloride in epitaxial molybdenum disulfide." Zhang, Kehao, Brian M. Bersch, Fu Zhang, Natalie Briggs, Shruti Subramanian, Ke Xu, Mikhail Chubarov et al. ACS applied materials 

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