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Research Spotlight: Physics

Our research focuses on materials physics and utilizes a wide range of experimental, analytical, and computational techniques. Experimentalists conduct research on surface physics and thin films, diffusion measurements and NMR in polymers and solid-state physics. Theoretical projects include critical phenomena and phase transitions, renormalization group theory, supersymmetry, fluid dynamics, polymer, semiconductor and solid-state physics.

There is a large array of experimental equipment and instrumentation available in the department:

  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • UV spectroscopy
  • Low energy electron diffraction spectroscopy
  • High- and ultra-high vacuum equipment for thin-film deposition
  • Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS)
  • Pulsed and continuous-wave NMR.
  • A class-100 clean with state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy
  • Facilities to fabricate and characterize ferroelectric and
  • High temperature superconductor materials.


Several faculty members have clusters of computer workstations to perform computational research. This includes

  • Equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of complex fluids including polymers
  • Atomic scale and coarse-grained modeling
  • Nanotechnology
  • Phase transitions and critical phenomena in polymers
  • Frictional drag in coupled electronic bilayers
  • Transport in mesoscopic and nanoscopic systems

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News

Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Seminar

The Physics Department Presents

on Friday, November 18, 2:15-3:15 pm in Ayer Hall 112

Dr. Igor Tsukerman will present "Effective Medium Theories Backward in Time: From The 21st to The 19th Century"

The talk is part of the Department of Physics’s Fall Seminar Series. For more information, contact Dr. Sasa Dordevic at dsasa@uakron.edu

on Monday, September 26, 2:15-3:15 pm in Ayer Hall 112

Dr. Adam Smith will present "Resolving Molecular Interfaces in Biological Membranes

The talk is part of the Department of Physics’s Fall Seminar Series. For more information, contact Dr. Sasa Dordevic at dsasa@uakron.edu

on Wednesday, April 13, 2:30-3:30 pm in Ayer Hall 112

Dr. Sue Ramlo will present "Student Views of Flipped Physics Classrooms & Online Physics".

The talk is part of the Department of Physics’s Spring Seminar Series. For more information, contact Dr. Sasa Dordevic at dsasa@uakron.edu.

on Thursday, February 25, 2:00 - 3:00 PM in Ayer Hall 112

Dr. Charles Rosenblatt will present “Nanoscopic Manipulation and Nanoimaging of Liquid Crystals”. Prof. Rosenblatt is Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of Physics and Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University.

The talk is part of the Department of Physics’s Spring Seminar Series. For more information, contact Dr. Sasa Dordevic at dsasa@uakron.edu.

On Monday, October 19, 12:00 - 1:00 PM in Buckingham 201

Dr. Gregory Davis, Mechanical Systems Chief Technologies, JPL, Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, Caltech, will present on Exciting Developments at JPL - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. All interested are welcome to attend.