Eleanor Gillette, PhD

Eleanor Gillette
Phone: (619) 260-4247
Office: Shiley Ctr for Science & Techn 379

Assistant Professor

  • B.S, University of Pittsburgh; Chemistry
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Eleanor Gillette joined the faculty at USD in Fall 2017.  She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park.  She was most recently a post-doctoral scholar at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.


Areas of Interest

Dr. Gillette teaches General Chemistry lecture and laboratory and General Chemistry laboratory.  Her research uses a variety of analytical techniques to understand the chemical reactions which enable electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies like batteries and fuel cells. She is especially interested in using surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy to investigate the influence of changes in ionic composition, solvent composition or electrolyte additives on the progression of common electrochemical reactions at well-defined electrode/electrolyte interfaces.  These observations will make it possible to investigate the rational design of advanced materials and novel nanostructures which can be used to improve reaction kinetics and minimize side reactions and degradation.