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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Physics

Condensed Matter Physics 

Quantum theory provides an accurate description of the properties of atoms, but when these atoms condense to form solid or liquid phases they give rise to diverse mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties that depend not only on the way the atoms are arranged but also on the composition of the condensed matter. Defects, whether they are impurities, vacancies, or their complexes, further alter the properties of the condensed matter. This is particularly important in the field of semiconductors, where intentional incorporation of impurities into the material results in significant variations of its electrical and optical properties. Understanding of what these properties are and how they are influenced by structure and composition is at the heart of condensed matter science.

Research in condensed matter being carried out in the Physics Department includes electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of metals, alloys, and semiconductors using state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical techniques. Examples include defects in semiconductors such as GaN and ZnO, novel form of three-dimensional carbon and boron nitride, complex hydrides for hydrogen storage, trapping of harmful gases in porous networks, tailored BeMgZnO alloys for solar-blind detectors.

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Faculty

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Massimo F. Bertino

Professor

  Research Area(s): Experimental nanoscience, Experimental Condensed Matter

701 W. Grace St., 1515
804.828.6343 
mfbertino@vcu.edu 
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Michael A. Reshchikov 

Professor 

Research Area(s): Experimental condensed matter        
701 W. Grace St., 1607 
804.828.1613 
mreshchi@vcu.edu
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Dexian Ye

Associate Professor

Research Area(s): Experimental nanoscience, Experimental Condensed Matter

 

701 W. Grace St., 2413 
804.827.1718 
dye2@vcu.edu

 

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Faculty

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Marilyn Bishop

Associate Professor

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter, Theoretical biophysics

701 W. Grace St., 2210 
804.828.1819 
bishop@vcu.edu
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Denis Demchenko

Associate Professor

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter

701 W. Grace St., 2405 
804.828.7077 
ddemchenko@vcu.edu
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Puru Jena

Distinguished Professor

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter, Theoretical nanoscience

701 W. Grace St., 1513 
804.828.8991 
pjena@vcu.edu 
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Shiv N. Khanna

Commonwealth Professor

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter, Theoretical nanoscience

701 W. Grace St., 2407 
804.828.1820 
snkhanna@vcu.edu 
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Tom McMullen

Instructor

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter, Theoretical Biophysics

701 W. Grace St., 2210 
804.828.1819 
tmcmulle@vcu.edu
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