|Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics|
|Pritzker Science Center, room 166A|
|3101 South Dearborn, St.|
|Chicago, IL 60616|
Are you interested in studying physics or becoming a physicist? As an advisor to undergraduate and graduate physics students, I have heard and answered many questions over the years. You can ask your questions directly and read my posts on College Confidential as "xraymancs".
Topics might include:
Since 2009, I have been interested in the history of physics at Illinois Institute of Technology including its predecessors, Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute. Through the work of my Introduction to the Profession class each year, we have been able to flesh out a timeline of physics faculty and we are building biographies of as many as possible. The results can be found in the Illinois Tech Physics Faculty Timeline.
We were funded by the ARPA-e RANGE program from 2014 to 2015 to develop a battery based on nanoelectrofuels. Over the past four years, I have given a number of talks on this and other related projects. My research group has also presented posters at a number of conferences over the past few years.
I am a member of Benefunder and one of the participants in their Clean Energy Impact Fund. Benefunder works with donors and the nation's researchers across all fields of study, including healthcare and life sciences, advanced technologies, the environment, and the arts and humanities. It's goal is to allow donors and researchers to build meaningful relationships using the disciplines of wealth management in a way that facilitates long-term charitable funding for research and low overhead.
Our research was highlighted in the September 2013 issue of International Innovation - North America.
None of the research I have worked would have been possible without the graduate students who have studied with me at Illinois Tech.
|Current Ph.D. Students|
|Shankar Aryal||Physics Department|
|Yujia Ding||Physics Department|
|Kamil Kucuk||Physics Department|
|Elahe Moazzen||Chemistry Department|
|Medani Sangroula||Physics Department|
|Current M.S. Students|
|Huanbo Sun||Chemistry Department|
|Yiqing Zhang||Chemistry Department|
|Former Ph.D. Students|
|1987||--||Kaijun Zhang||GMCs, Shanghai, China|
|1991||--||Justin Akujieze||Chicago State University|
|1991||--||David Marx||Illinois State University|
|1992||--||Paolo Radaelli||Oxford University|
|1994||--||Zuning Wang||Alcatel-Lucent, Naperville, IL|
|1995||--||Roberta Zasadzinski||Nazareth Academy, La Grange Park, IL|
|1996||--||Beihai Ma||Argonne National Laboratory|
|1999||--||Ahmet Cansiz||Istanbul Technical University|
|2007||--||Stanislav Stoupin||Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source|
|2009||--||Shanshan Liu||Knowles Corp., Itasca, IL|
|2009||--||Thomas Brennan||Ferris State University|
|2010||--||Qingying Jia||Northeastern University|
|2012||--||Hasitha Ganegoda||CTS Corp., Lisle. IL|
|2013||--||Michael Wojcik||Argonne National Laboratory|
|2015||--||Christopher Pelliccione||Pratt & Whitney, Hartford, CT|
|2018||--||Medani Sangroula||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA|
|Former M.S. Students|
|1989||--||Mark Kleefisch||Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, IL|
|1997||--||Trudy Bolin||X-ray Consultant, Chicago, IL|
|2010||--||Leonardo de Melo||IUPUI Ph.D. program|
|2017||--||Nick Goldring||RadiaSoft LLC, Denver, CO|
|2017||--||Nathaniel Beaver||Northern Illinois Univ. Ph.D. program|
I am a "midwesterner", having spent my early years in Lincoln, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; and Urbana, Illinois. I received my B.S. in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976. I then entered my bi-coastal period, first obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1981 Professors Bernd Matthias and M. Brian Maple and then spending two years as a post-doc with Prof. Mark Croft at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I have been on the IIT faculty since 1983 with a one-year sabbatical in Trieste, Italy at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. I have over 130 refereed publications. A full Curriculum Vitae is also available.
B.S. in Physics, 1976, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
B.S. in Chemistry, 1976, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
M.S. in Physics, 1977, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. in Physics, 1981, University of California, San Diego
American Physical Society
American Chemical Society
Materials Research Society
The Electrochemical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)
Sigma Xi (President of IIT Chapter 2005-2016; North Central Region Director 2016-2019)
International Centre for Diffraction Data (Fellow)
My research centers around the structure and electronic properties of complex materials including superconducting, magnetic, catalytic, and energy storage materials.
Experimental techniques used in my research include; material synthesis through arc-melting, powder metallurgy, and advanced chemical methods; structural characterization of the samples performed by x-ray powder diffraction and xray absorption fine structure; and measurement of electronic properties by resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Specific topics of interest include:
I also am an active participant in the IIT Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation (CSRRI), serving as Center Director and Deputy Director of the Materials Research Collaborative Access Team (MRCAT) which operates an experimental facility for materials research at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). I have been involved in the development of crystal optic devices for delivery and detection of x-rays at synchrotron beamlines.
Finally, I am a Debian Developer. I package scientific data analysis software for the Debian GNU/Linux Project.