Meredith Sellers
Meredith C.K. Sellers, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
  • Menlo Park

As a Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer, Dr. Sellers specializes in materials characterization and incident investigation, particularly as they relate to oil and gas pipelines, process piping, integrated circuit fabrication, and chemical process safety.

Dr. Sellers has multidisciplinary consulting expertise in:

  • Petroleum refining and petrochemical processing
  • Natural gas utility integrity management
  • Pipeline corrosion and inspection practices
  • Semiconductor device fabrication and cleanroom processing facilities 
  • Semiconductor manufacturing equipment operation, failure analysis, and safety evaluation, including decommissioning and decontamination practices
  • Accident reconstruction, with emphases on confined space entry and fall protection
  • Consumer electronics, including display failure and contamination analyses.

In her capacity as a graduate research assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Sellers synthesized titanium dioxide by atomic layer deposition and optimized its electrical properties for photocatalysis, supported metal catalysis, and gas sensing applications. She is well-versed in the examination of thin films, metal oxides, and nanoparticles using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. She managed an educational “Chemistry and Transport in Microelectronics Materials Synthesis” laboratory for three years and excels at troubleshooting semiconductor processing and vacuum technology-related issues from an integrated chemical engineering perspective. Dr. Sellers has co-authored a textbook entitled “Charged semiconductor defects: Structure, thermodynamics, and diffusion,” which details the state of knowledge regarding ionized defects in Group IV, III-V, and oxide semiconductors.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Sellers was a postdoctoral researcher at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), where she developed and evaluated carbon nanotube, graphene, and metal oxide-based supercapacitors (electrochemical capacitors) for energy storage applications. Her contributions towards an integrated wind-based generator system were recognized via Army Research and Development Outstanding Technical Achievement and ERDC Research and Development Achievement Awards. Dr. Sellers has also held research appointments in the Micro-Total-Analytical Systems and Entry Control & Contraband Detection Technologies organizations at Sandia National Laboratories and in the Department of Chemistry at University College London.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2005, cum laude
  • Harry G. Drickamer Research Fellowship, UIUC 2009–2010

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2006–2009

    BP Fellow, UIUC 2005–2006

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer, California, #6642

Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer, Minnesota, #52321

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG.  Persistent illumination-induced changes in polycrystalline TiO2 majority carrier concentration.  Materials Letters 2016; 162:20–23.

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Mn-doped TiO2 nanopillar matrices. Materials Letters 2014; 114:44–47.

Sellers MCK, Castle BM, Marsh CP. Three-dimensional manganese dioxide-functionalized carbon nanotube electrodes for electrochemical capacitors. Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 2013; 17:175–182.

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG. Investigation of nanostructured TiO2 surface and interface electric fields with photoreflectance spectroscopy. AIChE Journal 2013; 59:1049–1055.

Sellers MCK, Zussblatt NP, Marsh CP. Potassium perruthenate-treated carbon nanotube sheets for flexible supercapacitors. Electrochemistry Communications 2012; 18:58–61.

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG. Manipulation of polycrystalline TiO2 carrier concentration via electrically active native defects. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 2011; 29:061503.

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG. Structural and magnetic properties of Mn-doped anatase TiO2 films synthesized by atomic layer deposition. Applied Physics A 2011; 104:583–586.

Sellers MCK and Seebauer EG. Measurement method for carrier concentration in TiO2 via the Mott-Schottky approach. Thin Solid Films 2011; 519:2103–2110.

Invited Reviews

Seebauer EG, Kratzer MC. Charged point defects in semiconductors. Materials Science and Engineering: R 2006; 55:57–149.

Books


Seebauer EG, Kratzer MC. Charged Semiconductor Defects: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Diffusion. Engineering Materials and Processes Series, London, Springer-Verlag, 2009.

Published Proceedings


Lux S, Foster CJ, Sellers MCK, Friedl AP, Feickert C, Hesterberg J, Marsh CP. Generative textiles for non-rotary power production from wind. ASME 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability Proceedings, 2012; 44816, Parts A and B:1415–1422.

Sellers MCK, Zussblatt N, Friedl AP, Marsh CP. Design of flexible supercapacitors using metal oxide-decorated carbon nanotube sheet. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 2012; 1388:mrsf11-1388-f14-02.

Sellers MCK, Friedl AP, Lux S, Feickert C, Hesterberg J, Morefield S, Marsh CP. Conductive textiles for non-rotary electrical generation from wind. US Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Conference Proceedings, 2011.

Non-Refereed Journal Articles

Kratzer MC. Chemical engineering in the next 25 years. Westmoreland PR (ed), Chemical Engineering Progress 2008; 104:31–41.

Spiers H, Pankhurst Q, Parkin I, Caruana D, Kratzer MC. Thermal imaging studies of the SHS Preparation of MgFe2O4. International Journal on Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis 2004; 13: 205.

Conference Presentations


Sellers MCK, Richards, AE. The Rainham Chemical Works Explosion: A 100th Anniversary Perspective. Materials Science & Technology 2016, Salt Lake City, UT, October 23-27, 2016.

Lux S, Marsh CP, Feickert, CA, Sellers MCK, Friedl AP, Pagan-Vazquez A, Foster CJ, Hesterberg JR, Magerko JA. Generative textiles for non-rotary power production from wind. ASME 2012 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, San Diego, CA, July 23–26, 2012.

Sellers MCK, Zussblatt N, Friedl A, Lux S, Hesterberg J, Feickert C, Morefield S, Marsh CP. Design of flexible supercapacitors using metal oxide-decorated carbon nanotube sheet. MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 28–December 2, 2011.

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG. Nanostructured Mn-doped TiO2 synthesized by atomic layer deposition for spintronics applications. AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 7–12, 2010.

Sellers MCK, Nasim F, Bhatti AS, Seebauer EG. Transient behavior of defects at TiO2 interfaces. AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 7–12, 2010.

Sellers MCK, Seebauer EG. Structural and magnetic properties of anatase Mn-doped TiO2 film synthesized by atomic layer deposition. AVS 57th International Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, October 17–22, 2010.

Sellers MCK, Nasim F, Bhatti AS, Seebauer EG. Improvement of metal oxide catalyst reactivity by modification of surface Fermi level. AIChE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, November 8–13, 2009.

Kratzer MC, Seebauer EG. Characterization of metal oxide electrical properties for band engineered catalysis. AIChE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 16–21, 2008.

Spiers H, Kratzer MC. Thermal imaging studies of the SHS Preparation of MgFe2O4. International Symposium on Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis, Krakow, Poland, July 2003.

Posters


Nasim F, Sellers MCK, Bhatti AS, Seebauer EG. Charge buildup and optical studies of electric fields at oxide-silicon interfaces. RAK-CAM International Workshop on Advanced Materials, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, February 21–23, 2010.

Sellers MCK, Nasim F, Bhatti AS, Seebauer EG. Improvement of metal oxide catalyst reactivity by modification of surface Fermi level. AVS 56th International Symposium, San Jose, CA, November 8–13, 2009.

Kratzer, MC, Seebauer EG. Characterization of metal oxide electrical properties for band engineered catalysis. AVS 55th International Symposium, Boston, MA, October 24–29, 2008.

Kratzer, MC, Seebauer EG. Growth and characterization of TiO2 for band engineered catalysis. AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, February 14–17, 2008.

*Also as Kratzer MC and Sellers MCK

Patents

Sellers MCK, Zussblatt NP, Marsh CP. Polymer Supercapacitor and Method of Manufacture. U.S. Patent Application Number 15,076,551, filed March 21, 2016.

Marsh CP, Friedl AP, Magerko JA, Hesterberg J, Sellers MCK, Foster CJ, Lux SM, Pagan-Vazquez A, Feickert CA, Averbuch A. Fluid Generator System. Submitted patent disclosure COE-675.

Prior Experience

ORISE Postdoctoral Program Participant, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, 2011–2012

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2005–2011

Instructional Laboratory Developer and Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2006–2009

Student Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, 2004, 2005

Honorary Research Associate, University College London, Department of Chemistry, 2003

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Materials Research Society

Society of Women Engineers

Association for Women in Science

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Electronics Letters

Applied Surface Science

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2005, cum laude
  • Harry G. Drickamer Research Fellowship, UIUC 2009–2010

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2006–2009

    BP Fellow, UIUC 2005–2006

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer, California, #6642

Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer, Minnesota, #52321

LANGUAGES

  • French