Seminars

Attending seminars is a great way to expand your knowledge in our areas of physics, astronomy, and materials science. Invited faculty, PAMS alumni, and speakers from the industry give talks on their research/work. Members of the PAMS department are highly encouraged to attend our seminars. The MSU community as a whole is also more than welcome to attend.

Kemper Hall 204 or on Zoom/Teams
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.*

List of previous seminars. See the CNAS Events for other college seminars.
* Unless otherwise noted

 

Fall 2024 Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Title
8/22 1st week of classes No seminar
8/29    
 
9/5    
 
9/12    
 
9/19    
 
9/26    
 
10/3    
 
10/10 Fall Break No seminar
10/17    
 
10/24    
 
10/31    
 
11/7    
 
11/14    
 
11/21    
 
11/28 Thanksgiving Holiday No seminar
12/5 Last week of classes No seminar
12/12 Finals' week No seminar

 

 

Previous Seminars

Spring 2024
Date Speaker Title
2/1 Dr. Carissa Jones
Brewer Science
Development of Sensing Systems for Real-Time, Water Quality Measurements
2/8 Dr. Bernadette Broderick
University of Missouri
Conformer-specific Desorption in Interstellar Ices Probed by Chirped-pulse mm-Wave Rotational Spectroscopy
2/15 Dr. Dmitry Ovchinnikov
University of Kansas
Van der Waals Topological Magnets and Superconductors
2/22 Dr. Rana Biswas
Ames National Laboratory and
Iowa State University
Novel Physical Phenomena in Nano-arrays and Nanostructures
2/29 Gabriele Corso
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DiffDock: Diffusion Steps, Twists, and Turns for Molecular Docking

3/7 Dr. Adam Miller
Northwestern University
Mind the Gap: Capturing the Bright and Fast Transient Sky Missed by Rubin/LSST with LS4
3/21 Dr. Dipanjan Mazumdar
Southern Illinois University
Theory-driven Experimental Search of Novel Magnetic Materials for Nanotechnology Applications
4/4 Dr. Tanvi Gujarati
IBM Research, Almaden

Applications of Quantum Computing for Problems in Chemistry and Material Sciences

4/11 Dr. Xiaofeng Guo
Washington State University
Understanding Thermodynamics of Critical Metal Materials under Extreme Conditions
4/18 Rajan Khadka (alum)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Organic-Inorganic Nanolaminates
4/25 Dr. Timothy Jones
Craven Community College
Misconceptions about Teaching, from a Community College Perspective
Fall 2023
Date Speaker Title
9/21 Dr. Steven Harrellson (alum)
Columbia University

Hydration Solids

9/28 Austin Shearin (alum)
SynTouch, Inc.

What I thought I learned, what I actually learned, and what I wished I learned from getting a bachelors in Physics

9/29 Dr. Ariful Haque (alum)
Texas State University

(i) Fully funded Ph.D. opportunities in MSEC at Texas State University
(ii) UWBG Carbon for Electronic Applications

10/5 Dr. Saikat Talapatra
Southern Illinois University

Emerging Nanomaterials & Composites for Electronics, Energy & Environmental Applications

10/19 Chenfeng Cao
Hongkong University of Science and Technology

Accelerated Variational Quantum Eigensolver with Joint Bell Measurement

10/26 Dr. Halya Hodovanets
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Inversion and Time-reversal Symmetry Broken Weyl Semimetal

11/2 Dr. Kurt Brorsen
University of Missouri

Calculating Vibrationally Averaged Molecular Properties with Multicomponent Methods

11/9 Dr. Andrew Meng
University of Missouri

Epitaxial AlScN Films and Nanowires for Ferroelectric Random-Access Memory Applications

11/16

Dr. Elisabeth Mills
University of Kansas

Hidden Engines: Uncovering the Workings of the Nearest Galaxy Centers
11/30 Dr. Mohammadreza Momenitaheri
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Stimuli-Responsive Multi-Functional 2D and 3D Nanoporous Materials in Condensed Phases
Spring 2023
Date Speaker Title
2/2

Simon Batzner
Harvard University

Equivariant Interatomic Potentials
2/9 Dr. Deepak Singh
University of Missouri
Designer Magnet with Fundamental and Practical Implications
2/23 John Dagdelen
University of California, Berkeley
Natural Language Processing for Accelerating Scientific Breakthroughs
3/2 Dr. Julia Medvedeva
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Fundamentals of Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors

3/9 Isaac Laseter
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES): The First Results from the Deepest Observations of the Universe to Date
4/13 Dr. Sheng Ran
Washington University in St. Louis
Spin-triplet Superconducting State in the Nearly Ferromagnetic Compound UTe2
4/27 Dr. Yijia Gu
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Phase-field Modeling of Ferroelectrics: Polarization Rotation and Flexoelectricity

5/4 Dr. Bret Lehmer
University of Arkansas
An X-ray Perspective on the Evolution of Galaxies Throughout the Universe
Fall 2022
Date Speaker Title
8/25 Dr. Arthur Mar
University of Alberta

Materials Discovery through Machine Learning: Experimental Validation and Interpretable Models

9/15 Dr. Katharine Flores
Washington University in St. Louis

High-throughput Investigations of Phase Formation and Mechanical Properties in Complex Metallic Alloys

9/29 Alex Miller (alum)
ThermAvant Technologies

2010 Alumni Update: Career Paths, Thermal Management R&D, and In-state Job Opportunities

10/20 Dr. Alice Bean
University of Kansas

Experimental Particle Physics and Tracking Detectors

11/3 Dr. Daniel Moreno
Missouri State University
Exploring the Limits of Electrosorption-Based Electrodes for Capacitive Deionization Using Thermodynamic Principles
11/10 Dr. Manashi Nath
Missouri University of Science and Technology
The Story of Transition Metal Chalcogenides: Multifaceted Electrochemical Applications for Energy Conversion, Storage, Sensing & Catalysis
12/1 Dr. Ruma Dutta
Missouri State University
Multiple Attractor in Tumor Immune Dynamics
Spring 2022
Date Speaker Title
1/27

Christian Stepien (PAMS)

Analysis of Thorium Ions in Chloride Aqueous Solutions using Raman Spectroscopy
2/10 Devon Romine (PAMS) Modeling Atomic Layer Deposition of Alumina as an Ultra-Thin Tunnel Barrier Using Reactive Molecular Dynamics
2/16 Bandon Decker
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Stellar Mass Properties of Infrared-selected High-redshift Galaxy Clusters from MaDCoWS
2/17 Emily Justus (PAMS) Applications of a Combined Approach of Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations and Machine Learning to Model Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of Metal Oxides
3/3 Dr. Mahmud Reaz (alum)
Microchip Technology Inc.
Reliability of Silicon Devices - Hot Electron Effects
3/10 Dr. Corrinne Mills
University of Illinois-Chicago & Fermilab
Baryogenesis, Higgs Bosons, and What's Next

3/24

Dr. Guang Bian
University of Missouri-Columbia
Cloning of Dirac Electrons in Graphene/SiC Heterostructure
3/29 Farhan Ishrak (PAMS) Investigations of Mn-Co-NiO Based Heterostructured Nanocrystals
Sharif Uddin (PAMS) A Study of Bimagnetic CoO/NiFe2O4 Heterostructured Nanoparticles
3/31 Dr. Soumitra SenGupta
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
Gravitational Wave: The Song of the Cosmos
4/7 Dr. Xiaobo Chen
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Chasing Clean Energy and Environment Dream with Nanoscience: Photocatalysis, Rechargeable Battery, Hydrogen Production & Others – A Brief Summary of Our Past Research
4/21 Ripon Saha
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Identifying Large-scale Structures Using Dust-obscured Galaxies (DOGs) as Signposts 9-10 Billion Light-years Away
4/28 Dr. Tommy Sewell
University of Missouri-Columbia

Predicting Multiscale Responses of Organic High Explosives Subjected to Thermo-Mechanical Extremes

5/5 Dr. Xiangbo (Henry) Meng
University of Arkansas
Atomic & Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) for Emerging Research Studies
5/12 Dr. Hiro Nakamura
University of Arkansas
Angle-resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy: 2D Materials and Heterostructures
Fall 2021
Date Speaker Title
9/2

Rifat Ara Shams (PAMS)

Study of Structural, Electrical and Optical Properties of Copper Oxide Phase Mixture Thin Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition
9/9 Bishwajite Karmakar (PAMS) Study of Structural and Magnetic Properties of Ni-NiO Thin Films
9/16 Dr. Adam Brandt (alum)
Colorado State University & NIST
A Measurement of the 2S1/28D5/2 Transition in Hydrogen
9/23 Dr. Conal Murray
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Investigating Material Improvements in Superconducting Qubits
9/30 Dr. Shun Saito
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Cosmic Acceleration and the Role of Galaxy Surveys
10/14
 

Dr. Yicheng Guo
University of Missouri - Columbia

Dissecting Distant Galaxies: How Sub-structures Shed Light on Galaxy Formation and Evolution

10/21

Dr. Maria Mills
University of Missouri - Columbia

Force-based Detection of Sub-millisecond Topo-isomerase IA Dynamics
10/28
 
Dr. Wai-Lun Chan
University of Kansas
Turning Light into Electricity – How Excitons Dissociate at van der Waals Interfaces
11/4 Emily Justus (PAMS) Applications of a Combined Approach of Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations and Machine Learning to Model Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of Metal Oxides
11/11 Devon Romine (PAMS)

Modeling Atomic Layer Deposition of Alumina as an Ultra-thin Tunnel Barrier using Reactive Molecular Dynamics

11/18
 
Dr. Damena Agonafer
Washington University in St. Louis
Bioinspired Evaporative Cooling for High Heat Flux Applications
12/2
 
Dr. Rizal Hariadi
Arizona State University
Understanding Molecular Machines using Protein and DNA Origami Nanoarrays
12/9 Dr. Jingyi Chen
University of Arkansas
Controlling Three Dimensional Morphology of Nonprecious Metal-Based Nanostructures
Spring 2021
Date Speaker Title
1/21

Dr. Jason Jackiewicz
New Mexico State University

Seismology of Sun and Stars
1/28 Dr. Michael Gordon
Æsir Technologies
Nickel-Zinc Battery Research Opportunities
2/4 Kwabena Asante Boahen (PAMS) Modeling of Argon Bombardment and Densification of Low-temperature Organic Precursors using Reactive Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Machine Learning
2/11 Dr. Oliver C. Grant
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia
Virus-Receptor Interactions of Glycosylated SARS-CoV-2 Spike and Human ACE2 Receptor
3/2 Bikash Timalsina (PAMS) Development of EAM and RF-MEAM Potential to Study Thermal Properties of Zirconium Diboride
Bishwajite Karmakar (PAMS) Tuning Physical Properties of ZnO for Optoelectronics Applications
2/25 Dr. Cathy Wong
University of Oregon
In Situ Transient Absorption Spectroscopy During Materials Formation
3/4 Dr. Robert Baker
National eXtreme Ultrafast Science (NeXUS), Ohio State University
Watching Electrons Move at Interfaces: Visualizing Charge and Spin Dynamics Using Ultrafast XUV Spectroscopy
3/11

Alin Niraula (PAMS)

Transport Properties of Binary and Doped Diborides
Abiodun Odusanya (PAMS) A Study of Laser-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Technique to Grow Carbon-based Materials
3/25 Shannon Dulz (PhD student, alum)
University of Notre Dame
Cold Exoplanets: Ground-based Direct Imaging and Population Studies Planning for Future Space Missions
4/8 Dr. Vashti Sawtelle
Michigan State University
Research on Inclusive Practices: Supporting Two-Year College Transfer Students in the Physics Community
4/15 Dr. Ryan Behunin
Northern Arizona University
Noise in Integrated Photonic Brillouin Lasers
4/22 Dr. Marilu Perez Garcia
Ames National Laboratory
Designing Ligands with Predetermined Metal Ion Selectivity using Electronic Structure Theory, Machine Learning, and Molecular Mechanics
4/23 Rifat Ara Shams (PAMS) Electrical and Optical Properties of CuO-Cu2O Phase Mixture for Solar Cell Application
4/29 Joshua Kern (alum)
Clemson University
Using ro-vibrational Emission from Protoplanetary Disks in Order to Observe Accretion and Planet Formation in Action
4/30 Abu Zobair (PAMS) Effect of Pulsed Laser Annealing on the Optoelectronic Properties of ZnO Thin Films
Sajal Islam (PAMS) Simulation and Fabrication of All Oxide Based Glass/ITO/TiO2/CuO/Au Heterostructure for Solar Cell Application
Fall 2020
Date Speaker Title
9/3 David Magness (PAMS) Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Atomic Layer Deposition
Tauhidul Islam (PAMS) Study of Size-controlled CoO@MnFe2O4 Core-shell Nanoparticle
9/10 Dr. Matthew Horton
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Democratizing Access to Materials Science with the Materials Project
9/17 Nadib Akram (PAMS) A Raman Study of Actinide Complex Species in Aqueous Chloride Solutions at High P-T Conditions
Sudha Krishnan (PAMS) Exploring Topological Weyl Semimetals Isostructural to YbMnBi2 and Co2MnGa
9/24 Dr. Andrew Mason
University of Central Arkansas
Do They Care, and Does It Matter? An Analysis of Learning Goals and Perceived Relevance of Introductory Physics to Life Science Majors
10/1 Dr. Jessica Krogstad
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Exploring the Potential of Concentrated Point Defects: Their Role in Mass Transport, Microstructural Evolution and Material Functionality
10/15

Dr. Paul Canfield
Ames National Laboratory &
Iowa State University

Cooking, Fishing and Jogging through Phase Space: A Practical Guide to Discovering and Understanding New Materials
10/22 Dr. Dilpuneet Aidhy
University of Wyoming
Properties of Concentrated Alloys Predicted from Atomistic Calculations and Machine Learning
10/29 Abiodun Odusanya (PAMS)

A Study of Laser-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Technique to Grow Carbon-based Materials

Sajal Islam (PAMS) TiO2-CuO Heterostructure Solar Cell for Cost Effective and Better Optoelectronic Properties
11/5 Alin Niraula (PAMS) Predicting Thermal Conductivity of High Temperature Ceramics (Diborides)
Abu Zobair (PAMS) Effect of Pulsed Laser Annealing on ZnO Thin Films
11/12 Dr. Alannah Hallas
University of British Columbia
Competing Orders and Phases in Pyrochlore Magnets
11/19 Bikash Timalsina (PAMS) EAM and RF-MEAM Interatomic Potential Development to Study Thermal Properties of Zirconium Diboride
12/3 Dr. Catherine Espaillat
Boston University
A Panchromatic View of Variability in Protoplanetary Disks
Spring 2020
Date Speaker Title
1/23

Yuxuan Lu (PAMS)

Reactive MD Simulation on the Formation of Amorphous Sub-nano Alumina Layer 
Moudip Nandi (PAMS) Synthesis and Characterization of Barium Titanate and Carbon-based Core-Shell Nano Particles
1/30 Abdullah Shafe (PAMS) Magnetic Properties of NiO Based Magnetic Heterostructured Nano Crystals (MHNCs)
Joy Roy (PAMS) Fabrication of CFO@C Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Laser Ablation
2/6 Dr. Mallory Molina
Montana State University
Resolving Black Hole and Star-Formation Activity in Nearby Galaxies
2/7 Dr. Mallory Molina
Montana State University
Towards a More Inclusive Astronomy: Building Community for All in Academia
2/13 Christopher Robledo (PAMS) Heterostructure of 2D Materials
Shahidul Asif (PAMS) Study of ZnO for Thin Film Transistor
2/20 Dr. Bharat Ratra
Kansas State University
The Accelerating Expanding Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Einstein's Cosmological Constant, or Why Jim Peebles was Awarded Half of the 2019 Physics Nobel Prize
2/27 Dr. Wouter Montfrooij
University of Missouri, Columbia
Does Spontaneous Fragmentation of a Magnetic Lattice Lead to Heavy Fermion Behavior?
3/5 Dr. Ariful Haque (alum)
North Carolina State University
Fabrication of Q-carbon and Diamond Films by Ultrafast Laser Processing and Deposition for Electron Field Emission and Electrocatalysis Applications

 

Fall 2019
Date Speaker Title
8/29

Rajan Khadka (PAMS)

Study of Amorphous Boron Carbide (a-BxC) Materials using Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Hybrid Reverse Monte Carlo (HRMC)
Muztoba Rabbani (PAMS) Development of Multicomponent EAM Potential for Ni Based SuperAlloy
9/5

Hayley Sohn (alum)
University of Colorado Boulder

Active Liquid Crystal Skyrmions

9/12 Sabila Kader Pinky (PAMS) Molecular Dynamics (MD) Study of Creep Deformation in Ni-based Superalloy
9/19 Moudip Nandi (PAMS) Synthesis and Characterization of Oxide Carbide Core Shell Nano Particles
Joy Roy (PAMS) Fabrication of CFO@C Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Laser Ablation
9/26 Abdullah Shafe (PAMS) Structural and Magnetic Properties of NiO@MnxNi1-xO Core-Shell Nanoparticles Synthesized at Varying pH Values
Sinjan Majumder (PAMS) Development of a CVD Assisted PLD System for Growing Thin Films
10/3 Dr. Alexander Kozhanov
Georgia State University
Spin Waves in Structured Ferromagnetic Materials

10/16

Dr. Lloyd Lumata
University of Texas Dallas

Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance: Enhancing NMR and MRI Signals by >10,000-fold for Real-Time Metabolic Assessment of Cancer

10/24

Dr. Marco Cavaglià
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Unraveling the Universe's Deepest Mysteries with Gravitational Waves
10/31 Dr. Rao Khan
Washington University in St. Louis
Keeping Physics Relevant in Ever-changing Practice of Radiological Medicine
11/7 Dr. Yew San Hor
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Promising Candidates for Topological Superconductors

11/14 Christopher Robledo (PAMS) Heterostructure of 2D Materials
Shahidul Asif (PAMS) A Comparative Study of Characteristics of ZnO TFT for Various Substrate and Fabrication Parameters
12/5 Dr. Emmett Redd
Missouri State University
Mathematics and Physics: How to Make Artificial Intelligence More Like Biological Intelligence