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Engineering and Physics Division
Assistant professor

Amajd Nazzal

 

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www.wilkes.edu
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Pennsylvania
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Northeast

PROFILE

Amjad Y. Nazzal amjad.nazzal@wilkes.edu
Ph.D. Physics University of Arkansas May 2004
Assistant Professor Fall 2010-present
Division of Engineering and Physics at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre PA

Research Interests
 Studying the chemical, electronic (including transport), optical and magnetic properties of reduced dimensional structures (RDSs) towards developing building blocks for applications in: gas sensing, Mid IR light sources/detectors, photovoltaic cells, and optical switching using different experimental and theoretical techniques.
 Employing theory and experiment to understand bulk materials and the engineering of smart materials, namely hybrid organic-inorganic crystals with superior properties and improved functionalities for applications ranging from field-effect transistors, data storage devices, photo-voltaic applications, large scale optical displays, etc.
 Developing scanning probe microscopy techniques used for electronic and surface and topology studies of RDSs and implementing/incorporating these techniques in studying photo-induced processes.
 Employing computational condensed matter physics techniques (ab initio DFT, empirical/semi-empirical PP-PW) to study the optical and electronic properties of the bulk and reduced dimensional structures of the II-VI, III-V and IV semiconductors, in addition to organic-inorganic hybrid materials. One of my main goals is to provide better understanding of the evolution of the electronic properties of matter by deeply analyzing the electronic spectrum and wavefunctions
 Using optical techniques to detect and inactivate viral specimen.

Research Experience
 Experimental optical spectroscopy and photonics (absorption, PL- both steady state and time resolved- and PLE) of semiconductor and metallic colloidal nanocrystals (liquid dispersions and solid-state devices, ensample and single particle level).
 Extensive experience with: different coherent and non-coherent light source, optical elements and optical set-up. single channel (PMT, APD, semiconductor photo-detectors, photo-diodes, PiN diodes, powermeters, and the multi-channel detectors (CCDs).
 Extensive experience with cryogenic systems (open and closed cycles), vacuum systems and gas delivery equipment.
 Extensive experience with spectrometers and spectral analysis equipment and tools.
 Extensive training in using structural, surface, and composition characterization and analytical techniques (e.g. SEM, AFM, TEM, XRD, XPS, NSOM) and their data analysis.
 Mature experience on the synthesis techniques used for the growth of reduced dimensional crystalline structures using liquid phase epitaxy (colloidal nanocrystals). In addition to a good knowledge about the optimization of the growth techniques of such systems for different optical applications. I also worked with gas phase epitaxial fabrication procedures (namely PVD) to grow metallic and semiconductor structures (also familiar with MBE).
 Research techniques in computational condensed matter physics (ab initio DFT, empirical/semi-empirical PP-PW, FP-LMTO, EMA).

NANO INTEREST AREAS:

Nanoscale phenomena, Technology tools and applications, Health and medicine, Environment, Energy


 
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