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Peter V. Sushko

Physical Sciences
Materials Scientist, Team Lead
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K2-01
Richland, WA 99352


Peter Sushko received his BSc and MSc degrees in Physics from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and his PhD in Physics from the University College London (UCL), UK. After completing his PhD in 2000, he held several research positions at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL.

In 2008 he was awarded the Royal Society University Research Fellowship and joined academic staff at UCL; he was promoted to a Reader (Associate Professor with tenure) in 2012. In 2014 he joined PNNL’s Physical Sciences Division as an Associate Division Director with responsibilities for materials science. His research is focused on understanding atomic-scale mechanisms of fundamental processes in complex materials systems and predicting the effects of disorder and defects on materials properties and functions.

Research Interests

  • Discovery and design of new materials with novel structures, functions, and properties.
  • Mechanisms of fundamental processes in complex materials, structure property relationships, mechanisms of defect formation, diffusion, aggregation and inter-conversion.
  • Optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of oxides nano-particles, surfaces, interfaces and heterostructures; mechanisms of photo-induced phenomena.
  • Chemical reactivity of excess-electron centers and electron-rich materials.
  • Computational (ab initio) materials modeling.

Education and Credentials

  • PhD in Physics, University College London, UK (2000).
  • MSc in the Quantum Theory of the Solid State, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (1996).
  • BSc in Physics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (1994).

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society - member
  • American Physical Society - member
  • Institute of Physics - member

Awards and Recognitions

  • Daiwa Adrian Prize 2013.
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2008-2013 and 2013-2016).
  • Carey Foster Prize for the best postgraduate research in physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London (2000).
  • Overseas Research Students Award, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the UK (1997-1999).
  • Mayor of St. Petersburg award for undergraduate students (1994 and 1995).
  • International Soros Science Program Award (1994).

PNNL Publications


  • Chambers S.A., Y. Du, Z. Zhu, J. Wang, M.J. Wahila, L.J. Piper, and A. Prakash, et al. 2018. "Interconversion of intrinsic defects in SrTiO3(001)." Physical Review B 97, no. 24:245204. PNNL-SA-131613. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.97.245204
  • Du Y., P.V. Sushko, S.R. Spurgeon, M.E. Bowden, J. Ablett, T. Lee, and N. Quackenbush, et al. 2018. "Layer resolved band bending at the n-SrTiO3(001)/p-Ge(001) interface." Physical Review Materials 2, no. 9:094602. PNNL-SA-134900. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.094602
  • Mohamed A.H., R.T. Oxland, M.A. Aldegunde, S.P. Hepplestone, P.V. Sushko, and K. Kalna. 2018. "Narrowing of band gap at source/drain contact scheme of nanoscale InAs-nMOS." Solid State Electronics 142. PNNL-SA-136076. doi:10.1016/j.sse.2018.01.006
  • Ong P., Z. Yang, P.V. Sushko, and Y. Du. 2018. "Formation, Structural Variety, and Impact of Anti-Phase Boundaries on Li Diffusion in LiCoO2 Thin Film Cathodes." Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9, no. 18:5515-5520. PNNL-SA-137774. doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02185
  • Spurgeon S.R., P.V. Sushko, A. Devaraj, Y. Du, T.C. Droubay, and S.A. Chambers. 2018. "Onset of Phase Separation in the Double Perovskite Oxide La2MnNiO6." Physical Review B 97, no. 13:134110. PNNL-SA-123784. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.97.134110


  • Spurgeon S.R., P.V. Sushko, S.A. Chambers, and R.B. Comes. 2017. "Dynamic Interface Rearrangement in LaFeO3 / n-SrTiO3 Heterojunctions." Physical Review Materials 1, no. 6:063401. PNNL-SA-127972. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.063401
  • Toda Y., S. Ishiyama, E. Khutoryan, T. Idehara, S. Matsuishi, P.V. Sushko, and H. Hosono. 2017. "Rattling of Oxygen Ions in a Sub-NanometerSized Cage Converts Terahertz Radiation to Visible Light." Nano Letters 11, no. 12:12358-12364. PNNL-SA-124011. doi:10.1021/acsnano.7b06277

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