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Materials Physics

Explore the applications of novel materials and their electronic, optical, magnetic, chemical, and biological properties and applications. With a focus on the fundamentals of nanoscale materials and materials systems, researchers at Michigan Tech analyze both the theoretical and experimental branches of materials physics.

From zero- and one-dimensional nanomaterial fabrication to simulation of single-electron transport devices to identification of DNA strand sequences, materials physicists are at the forefront of many technological advances.

FacultyAreas of Interest
Theoretical condensed matter physics; Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices; Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials; Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics; Crystal growth; Mineralogy of natural graphite
Photonics; Condensed Matter Physics
Heteroepitaxial growth on compliant substrates; Fabrication, characterization, and properties of nanoscale layered structures; Integration of dissimilar materials through wafer bonding; The relationship between structural, optical, and electronic properties of heterostructures; Quantitative x-ray diffraction analysis; Materials Science curriculum development at all educational levels; The relationship between information and atoms
Modeling of Materials
Modeling Molecular Electronics Devices
Theoretical atomic physics; Electrophysics
Condensed Matter Experiment (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance); NMR and NQR Engineering (Materials Detection)
Controlled synthesis of nanomaterials (Nanotubes, Nanowires, Nanosheets, Graphene, Quantum Dots, etc..), and wide band gap single crystals [h-BN, GaN, AlN, CsLiB6O10 (CLBO), etc.].; Exploration of new functional nanomaterials, nano-hybrids, and nano-systems.; Creative use of nanomaterials and nano-systems in advanced electronics, energy harvesting devices, and chemical and biological applications.