Dr. Susan Latturner, Professor

Professional Preparation/Appointments

​B.S. University of Virginia (1993)
Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara (2000)
Postdoc, Michigan State University (2000-2003)

Contact Information



Office 4002 CSL 850.644.4074
Lab 4805 CSL 850.644.4074

Programs of research

Inorganic, Materials

research specialties

Environment and Energy, Solid State Chemistry

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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Hertz, M. B.; Baumbach, R.E.; Latturner, S.E. Flux Synthesis of MgNi2Bi4 and Its Structural Relationship to NiBi3 Inorg. Chem. 2020, in press.
Engstrand, T.O.; Latturner, S.E. Pr62Fe21M16C32 Versus Pr21Fe8M’7C12 (M = Si, P; M′ = Si, Ge, Sn): Competing Intermetallic Carbides Grown from a Pr/Ni Flux.  Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 540-548.
Jayasinghe, A.; Lai, Y.; Baumbach, R. E.; Latturner, S. E. U1.33T4Al8Si2 (T = Ni, Co): Complex uranium silicides grown from aluminum/gallium flux mixtures. Inorg. Chem., 2019, 58, 12209-12217.
Vasquez, G.; Huq, A.; Latturner, S. E. In Situ Neutron Diffraction Studies of the Metal Flux Growth of Ba/Yb/Mg/Si Intermetallics. Inorg. Chem., 2019, 58, 8111-8119
Vasquez, G.; Latturner, S. E. Metal flux growth of complex alkaline earth/rare earth metal silicides with a homologous series of metal phosphide structure types. Chem. Mater., 2018, 30, 6478-6485.