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Chemistry Faculty: Eirin C. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Dr. Eirin Sullivan headshot

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Science & Engineering (Building 50), Room 2718

Lab: Science & Engineering (Building 50), Room 2720

Phone: (904) 748-9292

Email: eirin.sullivan@unf.edu

Education

Bachelor of Science – University of Birmingham, 2004

Ph.D. – University of Birmingham, 2009

Postdoctoral Research – University of South Carolina 2010-2013

Previous Faculty Appointment – Illinois State University 2013-2020

Teaching

Dr. Sullivan teaches General Chemistry I (2045) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (2045L).

Research

Dr. Sullivan’s solid state and materials chemistry group investigates the intricate relationships between the crystal structure of non-molecular inorganic solids and the physical properties they exhibit, such as self-activated photoluminescence, colorful pigmentation and magnetic ordering. In the research laboratory we design novel polycrystalline materials and investigate the relationship between their crystal structures and physical properties using a variety of techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and optical and magnetic characterization. Materials exhibiting the perovskite structure have been studied extensively due to the diverse range of useful physical properties they exhibit, from superconductivity to the photovoltaic effect. In contrast, relatively little research has focused on anti-perovskites, which are simply perovskites wherein the positions of the anions and cations are switched. The investigation of mixed metal oxyfluorides as opposed to oxides provides an additional avenue to discover unique functional materials. The presence of both oxygen and fluorine anions with dissimilar charges can be exploited to control the oxidation state of a transition metal present in the compound and crystallographic order/disorder of oxygen and fluorine or the presence of anion defects often directly impacts optical or electromagnetic behavior.