Advising and Permits
New Science Building
APS Bridge Program
USF Physics featured on APS TV.
Physics Fall Colloquium coming soon!
Undergraduate Scholarship for Spring 2014
The Department of Physics is now accepting scholarship applications for two undergraduate research positions to begin early in the Spring 2014 semester. Selected students will be designated as Promethean Undergraduate Physics Research Scholars in recognition of support through a grant provided by Promethean, an international provider of interactive educational hardware and software. Review of applications and selection process will commence no later than January 15, 2014. See the attached file for details.click here for information>
Prof. George Nolas has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council in November 2013.
He is recognized for " pioneering studies of novel thermoelectric materials, especially cage-like compounds with low thermal conductivity.”
Matthias Batzill receives TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Junior Fellowship
Matthias Batzill has received a prestigious TUM-IAS (Technische Universitat Munchen - Institute for Advanced Study) Hans Fischer Junior Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded to "Outstanding early-career international scientists, who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group". This Fellowship will establish active collaborative research between the Nanophysics and Surface Science Laboratory at USF Physics directed by Dr. Batzill and the Technical University of Munich which is the premier University in Germany in technical/scientific disciplines. 13 Nobel Laureates are closely affiliated with TUM. In addition to Hans Fischer, well known physicists like Rudolf L. MoBbauer, Klaus von Klitzing, Wolfgang Paul, Wolfgang Ketterle and Gerhard Ertl taught or received their degrees from TUM.
Inna Ponomareva wins NSF CAREER award
Dr. Inna Ponomareva, Associate Professor of Physics, has received the NSF-CAREER Award. Her project titled "CAREER: Towards universal understanding of caloric and other complex effects in ferroics from multiscale modeling." was funded with a 5-year, $435,000 grant effective September 1, 2013. The NSF-CAREER Award is the Foundation's most prestigious recognition of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Past USF Physics recipients of this Award include Dr. Matthias Batzill (2009), Dr. Casey Miller (2010) and Dr. Andreas Muller 2013.
Prof. Nail Khusnutdinov from Kazan Federal University in Russia joins USF Physics as a Fulbright Scholar. He will be working with Prof. Lilia Woods' group on Casimir Interactions at the Nanoscale.
APS Inaugural Bridge Program Site
The American Physical Society has chosen to fund USF Physics as one of two inaugural Bridge Program sites in the nation. USF and the other site, Ohio State, join the four existing self-supported bridge programs in physics: MIT, Columbia, Michigan, and Vanderbilt. The program will allow us to make a significant contribution to the inclusion of under-represented minorities in graduate physics education, a pressing national need. Congratulations to Casey Miller for spearheading this effort, and to a team of USF Physics collaborators including Garrett Matthews, Xiaomei Jiang and Robert Hoy! The Bridge Program not only brings national recognition for USF but will greatly enhance the graduate education experience for our students in USF Physics. > Go to the program page for full details.
USF Physicist Jiangfeng Zhou Receives 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship
Dr. Jiangfeng Zhou, Assistant Professor of Physics, has been selected as a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow. According to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: “The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”. The complete list of recipients is available at http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/2013-sloan-research-fellows/
Prof. Andreas Muller wins NSF CAREER award
Dr. Andreas Muller, Assistant Professor of Physics, has received the NSF-CAREER Award. His project titled "CAREER: Interfacing Remote Quantum Dot Nanostructures by Resonant Light Scattering" was funded with a 5-year, $595,000 grant effective February 15, 2013. The NSF-CAREER Award is the Foundation's most prestigious recognition of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Past USF Physics recipients of this Award include Dr. Matthias Batzill (2009) and Dr. Casey Miller (2010).
USF Physicist George Nolas Elected AAAS Fellow
Prof. George Nolas has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) by the AAAS Council in November 2012. He is recognized for contributions to materials and solid-state physics, particularly for the development of thermoelectric materials, and in investigating the fundamental physics of clathrate and clathrate-like materials.
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Physics doctoral students invited to prestigious Nobel meeting
Three University of South Florida physics doctoral students, Joseph Fogarty, Aaron Landerville, and Evan Lafalce have been invited to attend the 62nd Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau, Germany. read more>
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New faculty members in USF Physics
Dr. Jianjun Pan PhD Physics 2009 Carnegie Mellon University. Research Interests in Structure and function of membrane proteins; Interactions between drug molecules and membrane proteins; Structure and dynamics of fluid lipid membranes; Protein-membrane interactions; Drug-lipid composites
Dr. Ghanim Ullah PhD Biophysics 2006 Ohio University. Research interests in Neuronal disorders;
Markov chain models;
Cell signaling pathways;
Application of control theory to biology
Dr. Robert S. Hoy (B. A. Physics, Johns Hopkins, 1999; Ph. D. Physics, Johns Hopkins, 2008; Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Barbara, 2007-2009; Anderson Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 2009-2010; Associate Research Scientist, Departments of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Physics, Yale University, 2010-present) will be joining USF Physics as Assistant Professor effective Fall 2012. His research area is in computational physics, specifically in soft matter physics/materials science.
Dr. Zhimin Shi (B. S. Information Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2001; M. S. Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2004; M. S. Optics, University of Rochester, 2009; Ph. D. Optics, University of Rochester, 2010; Scientist, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, 2011-present) will be joining USF Physics as Assistant Professor effective December 2012. His research area encompasses the physics of nonlinear quantum optics on nano-scale platforms and the development of novel optical materials and devices. Experimental research programs will include nanocomposite metamaterials (for energy harvesting) and optical antennas (for biophotonics and single photon source).
Florida Cluster for Advanced Smart Sensor Technologies (FCASST) Award
The Department of Physics at USF has been awarded a New Florida 2010 Clustering Grant from the Florida State University System’s Board of Governors to establish a Florida Cluster for Advanced Smart Sensor Technologies (FCASST). The $550K award to scientists and engineers from the Department of Physics at the University of South Florida and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida will establish an inter-institutional cluster directed at the discovery, development and optimization of smart sensors based on advances in materials science and technology.
USF Physicist Paul Kim Elected OSA Fellow
Prof. Myung “Paul” Kim has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America by the Board of Directors of OSA on October 25, 2010. Paul is recognized for his “pioneering work in digital holographic microscopy and development of its techniques and applications, such as digital interference holography and total internal reflection holographic microscopy”.
The REU program leverages the expertise in over 20 research laboratories in our unique doctoral program in Applied Physics at USF. This three-year, $327,000 REU award from NSF will provide nationally recruited undergraduate students high-quality motivational research experiences in four thrust areas in our Department including materials physics; atomic, molecular & optical physics/sensors; biomedical/biophysics; and computational/theoretical physics.
SPS (Society of Physics Students) Expo Crew wins the "Best Show" Award in Engineering Expo 2012 again!!!
SPS (Society of Physics Students) Expo Crew wins the "Best Show" Award in Engineering Expo 2009, again!!!
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Physics is now a part of the new School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SNSM)
Dr. Manh-Huong Phan co-organizer of the 8th Energy Materials Nanotechnology (EMN) Fall Meeting, November 22 to 25, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA. Detailed information is available at http://www.emnfall.org/2014/.
George S. Nolas has published a new book titled "The Physics and Chemistry of Inorganic Clathrates".
Jasmine Oliver, PhD student in the Physics Department at the University of South Florida has been selected to attend 64th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
Dr. Hariharan Srikanth has been inducted as Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology.
Carlos Perez, doctoral student,(Major Professor: Dr. Xiaomei Jiang) has been awarded the 2014-2015 McKnight Doctoral Fellow.
Michael Cross, doctoral student, has been selected as the STEM awardee for the 2013-2014 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Assistant.
Sinhara Silva, doctoral student (Major Professor: Dr. Jiangfeng Zhou) was adjudged a winner in the 2014 Research Symposium at USF for his poster titled "Bistable Nonlinear Metamaterials".
Michael Calzadilla undergraduate student in Physics is one of three from USF receiving a prestigious 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Dr. Hariharan Srikanth has accepted an appointment as an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Physics and his term starts in March 2014.
Jagannath Devkota, doctoral student (Major Professors: Dr. Hari Srikanth and Dr. Manh-Huong Phan) has been selected with full financial support to participate in the 2014 IEEE Magnetics Summer School to be held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in August 2014.
Paula Lampen, doctoral student (Major Professors: Dr. Hari Srikanth and Dr. Manh-Huong Phan) will be a visiting research student at the Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Kosice, Slovak Republic) for a 5-week period starting in March. She is receiving full financial support for her visit from an EU project led by collaborator Dr. Ivan Skorvanek.
Dr. Stevce (Stefan) Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has been awarded a 2013-2014 USF Outstanding Dissertation Award
Dr. Nicholas Bingham (Major Professor: Hari Srikanth, Co-Advisor: Manh-Huong Phan) will be joining the Paul-Scherrer Institute in Switzerland as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in July 2013
Dr. Stevce (Stefan) Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has recently been awarded a Carnegie Fellowship, allowing him to expand on his current research on high-pressure and high-temperature synthesis of carbon materials with superlative properties at the Carnegie Institute of Washington.
Himanshu Verma, doctoral students, has been selected as the STEM awardee for the 2012-2013 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Assistant.
Jasmine Oliver, graduate student (Major Professors: William G. Matthews and Jeffrey Zhang) has been awarded the 2013-2014 Ronald E. McNair Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. David C. Clark (Major Professor: Myung K. Kim) has been appointed a Research Physicist in support of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Sensor Technology Development and Application in the Applied Optics Branch of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in Washington, DC.
Dr. Stevce (Stefan) Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has accepted a Postdoctoral Associate Position at the prestigious Carnegie Institute of Washington.
Kaya Wei (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has been given an invited presentation and travel funds to the 5th GCOE International Symposium on Weaving Science Beyond Particle Matter Hierarchy in Sendai, Japan.
Discovery of Record-Setting
X-ray Jet from the Quasar GB 1428
USF Physics Instructor Douglas Gobeille has co-authored a paper in the Astrophysical Journal Letters titled “Discovery of a Kiloparsec-scale X-ray/Radio jet in the z=4.72 Quasar GB 1428+4217”.
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Adrian Popescu (Major Professor: Lilia Woods) has been awarded a 2012 -2013 USF Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Graduate School.
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Researchers show how to “set” the spin for spintronics applications
important to faster electronic devices.
USF physicists discover “new
recipe” for solid state refrigeration
Assistant Professors Inna Ponomareva
and Sergey Lisenkov in USF's
Department of Physics developed state-of-the-art
computational experiments to simulate performance of ferroelectric materials as
solid-state refrigerants. Such materials can convert electrical energy into thermal
energy and vice verse - known as the electrocaloric effect.
Brian Demaske (Major Professor: Ivan I. Oleynik) has been awarded
a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.
Ivan I. Oleynik has been selected for the honor of receiving a
2012 Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award.
Jason Lewis (Major Professor: Xiaomei Jiang) has been awarded 2010-2011
Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Graduate School.
Dr. Michael Conroy (Major Professor Ivan Oleynik) has been appointed
as Research Physicist at US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in Washington, DC.
Discover Super-Elastic Shock Wave
Two USF Physicists awarded FY 2011 Defense University Research Instrumentation
Program (DURIP) awards.
Matthias Batzill was awarded $206,650 for a photoelectron emission
microscope. This instrument allows direct imaging of photo-emitted electrons from
a surface with ~ 20nm resolution. Examples of applications include monitoring the
growth of graphene and other two-dimensional nanomaterials.
Hariharan Srikanth was awarded $156,380 for a cryogenic probe station.
This instrument will be custom-designed for a variety of transport measurements.
Stevce Stefanoski (Major Professor: George S. Nolas) has been awarded
the prestigious German Academic Exchange award (DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch
Dienst) for the fall 2011 in partial support of his practicum at the Max Planck
Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.
Adrian Popescu (Major Professor: Lilia M. Woods) has been awarded
the Bright House Networks Endowed Fellowship for the fall 2011.
Shannon Hill (Major Professor: Martin Muschol) has been awarded
the Bright House Networks Endowed Fellowship for the summer 2011.
FCASST Launched at USF
The Florida Cluster for Advanced Smart Sensor Technologies (FCASST) was initiated
on December 9, 2010 at USF with a joint meeting of scientists and engineers from
USF Physics and UF MSE.
Proceedings of the Inaugural FCASST Meeting
M. Beekman, W. Schnelle, H. Borrmann, M.
Baitinger, Yu. Grin and G.S. Nolas, ‘Intrinsic electrical and thermal properties
crystals of Na24Si136’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 018301 (2010).
Michael W. Conroy (Major Professor: I. Oleynik) has been awarded 2009-2010 Outstanding
Dissertation Award from the Graduate School.
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