Department of Physics and Astronomy

May 8 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Brent Cook passed his Master’s Exam on May 5, 2017. Congratulations Brent and good luck the rest of the way!


Jan. 12, 2017:

Visiting student Guangliang Hu returned to Xi’an Jiaotong University to

complete his PhD, we wish you the best, Guangliang!


December 5, 2016:

Congratulations to Bibek Gautam for passing his comprehensive

exam to become a PhD candidate in Physics. The title of his comprehensive paper is:

“Controllable Self-Assembly of Nanostructured Artificial Pinning Centers (APCs) in

High Temperature Superconductor Epitaxial Thin Films”.


Oct. 26-28, 2016:

Friday, April 28, 2017

 American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Conference, Manhattan,

KS: Dr. Judy Wu (invited), Dr. Maogang Gong, Dr. Qingfeng Liu, Graduate students

Brent Cook and Ryan Goul presented their recent work in the symposium “Novel

Electrode Materials and Architectures for Energy and Sensing Applications”.


May 9, 2016:

Paul Harrison defended his MS in Physics successfully with honor. His

thesis title is. The title of his thesis is: “Recent Progress in Interfacing Graphene Field

Effect Transistors with​ Ferroelectrics”.


May 4, 2016:

Congratulations to Jemellah Alrashedi for completing her MS in Physics

“WIDE BAND GAP SEMICONDUCTOR NANOSTRUCTURE FOR UV LASER AND

PHOTOCONDUCTOR”.


July 24, 2015:

Congratulations to Jagaran Acharya for passing his comprehensive exam

to become a PhD candidate in Physics. The title of his comprehensive paper is: "Exploring

Epitaxial Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with ALD tunnel barrier and in-situ study of tunnel

barrier properties”.


June 21, 2015:

Congratulations to Ali Kadhim for successfully defended his MS in

Physics. His thesis title is “Investigation of the Effects of CdCl 2 Treatment on CdTe Thin-

film Solar Cells of Variable Thickness Fabricated Using Combinatorial Pulsed Laser

Deposition."


June 10, 2015:

Alaa El-mebir defended successfully his MS thesis with honors. The title

of his thesis is: “Effect of In Situ Thermal Annealing Process on Structural, Optical and

Electrical Properties of CdS\CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Pulsed Laser

Deposition”, congratulations!


May 5, 2015:

Gary Malek for successfully defended his PhD dissertation on “Conformal

Coating of Three-Dimensional Nanostructures via Atomic Layer Deposition for

Development of Advanced Energy Storage Devices and Plasmonic Transparent

Conductors”, congratulations!



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