Erin Sullivan

Erin N. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Menlo Park
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Dr. Sullivan specializes in spectroscopy, optics, and instrumentation. Her research experience includes employing numerous spectroscopy methods, materials synthesis and characterization, and examining the chemical dynamics of small molecule systems. Her expertise lies in custom-built instrumentation and analytical software, laser systems, and high-vacuum technology. She is also trained in Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), atomic absorption spectroscopy, and a range of mass spectrometry techniques. She is proficient in operating and maintaining a variety of high-power pulsed laser systems (i.e., excimer, Nd:YAG) and diagnosing equipment failures.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Sullivan obtained her Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley where she characterized the fundamental behavior of free radicals. She integrated unique instrumentation at multiple laser wavelengths to employ photofragment translational spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy with the goal of understanding the chemical dynamics of atmospherically relevant free radicals. In addition to her graduate research background, Dr. Sullivan also has experience in maintaining and characterizing large-scale aquatic chemical systems at Walt Disney World Company.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2020
  • B.S., Chemistry, Fairfield University, 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California Berkeley, 2016

    Senior Chemistry Award Recipient, Fairfield University, 2014

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2010

    American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 2013

    American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry, 2012

Publications

Sullivan, E. N., Saric, Steven, and Neumark, D. M., “Photodissociation of iso-propoxy (i-C3H7O) radical at 248 nm,” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020.

Nichols, B., Sullivan, E. N., and Neumark, D. M., “Photodissociation dynamics of the tert-butyl perthiyl radical,” J. Chem. Phys., 2020, 152, 244301.

Sullivan, E. N., Nichols, B., von Kugelen, S., da Silva, G. and Neumark, D. M., “Multiphoton dissociation dynamics o the indenyl radical at 248 nm and 193 nm,” J. Chem. Phys., 2019, 151, 174303.

Sullivan, E. N., Nichols, B., and Neumark, D. M., “Fast beam photofragment translational spectroscopy of the phenoxy radical at 225 nm, 290 nm, and 533 nm,” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 14270.

Sullivan, E. N., Nichols, B. and Neumark, D. M., “Photodissociation studies of the simplest alkyl peroxy radicals, CH3OO and C2H5OO, at 248 nm,” J. Chem. Phys., 2018, 148, 033409.

Nichols, B., Sullivan, E. N., Ryazavno, M., Hong, C. M., and Neumark, D. M., “Investigations of the two- and three-fragment photodissociation of the tert-butyl peroxy radical at 248 nm,” J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 134304.

Nichols, B., Sullivan, E. N., Ryazanov, M., and Neumark, D. M., “Photodissociation dynamics of the i-methylvinoxy radical at 308, 248, and 225 nm using fast beam photofragment translational spectroscopy,” J. Chem. Phys. A, 2017, 121, 579.

Harrison, A. W., Ryaznov, M., Sullivan, E. N., and Neumark, D. M., “Photodissociation dynamics of the methyl perthiyl radical at 248 and 193 nm using fast-beam photofragment translational spectroscopy,” J. Chem. Phys., 2016, 145, 024305.

Brousseau, D. J., Braun, P. C., Harper-Leatherman, A. S., Sullivan, E. Baglivo, J. A., “Antimicrobial activity in the pallial cavity fluids of the Crassostrea virginica from a highly impacted harbor in western Long Island Sound,” J. Shellfish. Res., 2014, 33, 719-725.

Johnson, C. J., Wolk, A. B., Fournier, J. F., Sullivan, E. N., Weddle, G. H., and Johnson, M. A., “Communication: He-tagged vibrational spectra of the SarGlyH+ and H+(H2O)2,3 ions: quantifying tag effects in cryogenic ion vibrational predissociation spectroscopy,” J. Chem. Phys., 2014, 140, 22110.

Presentations

Sullivan, E.N., Casafranca, A.C., Sullivan, S. Clarke, N. Moniz-Soares, B. Rasool, S. “PARC-An electrochemical salt separation technology.” Cleantech to Market Symposium (Talk). Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, 2019.

Sullivan, E.N., Saric, S., Nichols, B., and Neumark, D.M. “Unimolecular dynamics of free radical systems crucial to combustion chemistry reactive pathways.” (Poster). BERC Energy Summit Innovation Expo, Berkeley, CA, January, 2019.

Erin N. Sullivan, Bethan Nichols, and Daniel M. Neumark, “Fast Beam Photofragment Translational Spectroscopy of the Phenoxy Radical” (Poster). Pacific Conference on Spectroscopy and Dynamics, San Diego, CA, January, 2019.

Sullivan, E.N., Nichols, B., and Neumark, D.M. “Fast Beam Coincidence Spectroscopy of Alkyl Peroxy Radicals” (Talk). Gordon Research Conference Molecular Interactions and Dynamics, Easton, MA, July, 2018.

Sullivan, E.N., Nichols, B., and Neumark, D.M. “Dissociation Studies of Indenyl Radicals Using Fast Beam Coincidence Translational Spectroscopy” (Poster). Gordon Research Conference Molecular Interactions and Dynamics, Easton, MA, July, 2018.

Sullivan, E.N., Nichols, B., and Neumark, D.M. “Photodissociation Studies of Alkyl Peroxy Radicals” (Poster). 34th International Symposium on Free Radicals, Hayama, Japan, August, 2017.

Sullivan, E.N., Nichols, B., Ryazanov, M., and Neumark, D.M. “Exploring Unimolecular Dissociation of Free Radicals Using Photofragment Translational Spectroscopy” (Talk). College of Chemistry Graduate Research Conference, Berkeley, CA, October, 2016.

Sullivan, E.N., Nichols, B., Ryazanov, M., Harrison, A.W., and Neumark, D.M. “Photodissociation Studies of Neutral Free Radical Species by Fast Beam Coincidence Translational Spectroscopy” (Poster). Gordon Research Conference Molecular Interactions and Dynamics, Easton, MA, July, 2016.

Sullivan, E.N., Kuo, C.-H., Gudz, A., and Suib, S.L. “Synthesis and characterization of zinc-doped titanium oxide for selective production of methyl lactate from biomass resources” (Talk). Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Haven, CT, October, 2013.

Sullivan, E.N., Harper-Leatherman, A.S., Brousseau, D.J., Braun, P.C. “Zinc and copper analysis of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) fluid” (Poster). Northeast Region of the American Chemical Society Meeting, New Haven, CT, October, 2013.

Prior Experience

Chemistry Intern, Walt Disney World Company, 2014-2015

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2020
  • B.S., Chemistry, Fairfield University, 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California Berkeley, 2016

    Senior Chemistry Award Recipient, Fairfield University, 2014

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2010

    American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 2013

    American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry, 2012