Susan Latturner

FSU Chemistry Department Faculty Interview - Dr. Susan Latturner | English

Research Interest
The Latturner group explores metal flux synthesis of inorganic materials of interest for their magnetic and electronic properties. The unusual temperature regime and solvation chemistry in molten metal flux reactions enable the ready dissolution of most elements and formation of metastable compounds which grow as large crystals. We target intermetallic products containing combinations of lanthanides and transition metals which may exhibit complex magnetic behavior. Flux synthesis also readily yields new semimetallic silicide compounds with complex structures that are promising for energy-saving thermoelectric applications. We are also exploring flux growth of actinide silicides and borides; in addition to exhibiting complex electronic behavior, these materials may also be useful as stable rad waste forms.

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