|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 at AllExperts or read my posts on College Confidential as "xraymancs".
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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.
I attended XAFS15 in Beijing, China and presented the following research from my group at IIT.
We recently were funded by the ARPA-e RANGE program to develop a battery based on nanoelectrofuels. Over the past three years, I have given several presentations on this project including ones at Villanova University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and previously at Illinois Tech.
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.
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 110 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.