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Sean Sullivan

Postdoctoral Appointee

Novel defects in wide bandgap semiconductors for quantum communication, sensing, and computation.


Sean Sullivan received his BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Working with the Li Shi group at UT Austin, he received his PhD in MSE in 2018 where he studied nonequilibrium thermal, thermoelectric, and spin transport in 2D materials and semiconductors. After a postdoc at UT Austin, he joined the Quantum Materials group at Argonne National Laboratory in the fall of 2019. 

Sean’s current research is principally focused on spin-photon interfaces in three areas: the application-driven discovery of novel defect-host material systems for quantum technologies, room temperature intrinsic defects in silicon carbide, and the integration of magnon-based control of spins in optically-active quantum hybrid systems. 

Selected Publications