Dr. Lisa Sullivan
Inorganic and general chemistry
Dr. Lisa Sullivan enjoys making new materials and learning about their properties. If you think it would be cool to explore the entire periodic table, specifically the transition metals, then working with Dr. Sullivan would be for you. Her students are investigating a low temperature synthesis of zirconium tungstate (ZrW2O8) which shows isotropic negative thermal expansion. Prepared nano-particulate ZrW2O8 will be incorporated into a polymer thin film to give a composite material that has controllable thermal expansion. Her students are also investigating a novel synthetic preparation of nanoparticulate silver and studying the antimicrobial efficacy of prepared samples.