Shaun Sutton

Scientific Interests

Ultrafast processes driven by the interaction between light and matter

Recent work on imaging within opaque materials through spatial light modulation has introduced the possibility of studying the chemistry and physics at work within these materials, while undergoing extreme compressive stress. Dr. Sutton’s work seeks to use this technique to gain a fundamental understanding of the evolution of the forces present within such materials undergoing similar processes.


Dr. Shaun Sutton joined the Institute for Shock Physics’ Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) after earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Arizona State University in 2023. Dr. Sutton’s graduate research involved studying excited state processes in organic and metallic clusters, driven by their interaction with ultrafast light pulses.


Ph.D. (Chemistry) 2023, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

B.S. (Chemistry) 2017, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Honors and Recognition

  • Chemistry Undergraduate Student Excellence Award, Kent State University, May 2017
  • Lubrizol Scholarship, Kent State University, 2016-2017
  • ACS Undergraduate Award for Analytical Chemistry, Kent State University, May 2016

Representative Publications

  • Sutton, S.F., Rotteger, C.H., Jarman, C.K., Tarakeshwar, P., Sayres, S.G. “Ultrafast Photoinduced Proton-Transfer and Contact Ion Pair Formation in Formic Acid Clusters” JPCL, 2023, 14 (37), 8306-8311.
  • Sutton, S.F., Rotteger, C.H., Miller, D.M., Quiroz, L.M., Tarakeshwar, P., Sayres, S.G. “Limited Formation of CO3+ Through Strong-Field Ionization and Coulomb Explosion of Formic Acid Clusters” J. Phys. Chem. A. 2022, 126 (43), 7954-7961.
  • Sayres, S.G., Sutton, S.F., Heald, L.F. “Theoretical Investigation of the Excited State Evolution of Neutral Cr3On and Cr4On Clusters through Sequential Oxidation” Journal of Materials Research. 2022, 37, 4035-4044.
  • Sutton, S.F., Rotteger, C.H., Miller, D.M., Quiroz, L.M., Sen, A., Tarakeshwar, P., Sayres, S.G. “Production of CO3+ through the Strong-Field Ionization and Coulomb Explosion of Formic Acid Dimer” J. Phys. Chem. A, 2022, 126 (31), 5099-5106.