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Graduate Research Topics

Year

Name

Title of Thesis

Degree

Status Updates

2016

Alex Taylor

Plasmonic Nanoparticles as Versatile Nanorulers for Sensing Applications: Developing the Nanoparticle-on-mirror Architecture

Ph.D.

2016

Xinfu Lu

Coupled rate and transport equations modeling light yield, pulse shape and their proportionality to energy in electron tracks: a study of CsI and CsI:Tl scintillators

Ph.D.

2016

Maxim Zalutskiy

Investigations of Black-Hole Spectra: Purely-Imaginary Modes and Kerr Ringdown Radiation

Ph.D.

2016

Katelyn Goetz

Structure-Function Relationships in Organic Charge-Transfer Complexes

Ph.D.

2016

Peter Diemer

Reduction of Electronic Traps in Organic Semiconductors by Novel Processing Methods

Ph.D.

2016

Matthew Walb

Low Dose Dosimetry and Radiation Response in Rodent Models

Ph.D.

Medical Physics Fellow in Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic

2016

Yaochuan Mei

Charge Transport in Organic and Hybrid Perovskite Field Effect Transistors

Ph.D.

2016

Calvin Arter

First-Principles Modeling of MOF74 for Gas Sequestration and Storage Applications

M.S.

2015

Chad McKell

Confinement and Tracking of Brownian Particles in a Bessel Beam Standing Wave

M.S.

2015

Nicholas Lepley

First principles investigations of solid-solid interfaces in lithium battery materials

Ph.D.

2015

Greg Smith

Field Induced Polymer Electroluminescence

Ph.D.

2015

Jie Liu

X-Ray Scatter Computation and Simulation in Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Ph.D.

2015

Wei Li

Single Fibrin Fiber Mechanical Property and Lysis

Ph.D.

2015

Stephen Baker

Single Fiber Nanomechanical Properties of Electrospun Fibers and Modified Fibrin Fibers using Atomic Force Microscopy

Ph.D.

2015

Jeremy Ward

Enhancing the Electrical Performance of Organic Field-Effect Transistors Through Interface Engineering

Ph.D.

2015

Inna McGowin

Head Motion Evaluation and Correction in Magnetoencephalography

Ph.D.

2015

Andrea Belanger

Biophysical studies of potential therapies of hemoglobin-associated diseases

Ph.D.

2015

Rongzhong Li

Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Bio-Molecular Dynamics, Folding, and Assembly

Ph.D.

2015

Xinyi Guo

Characterizing the micro-scale mechanical properties of hydrogels and cancer cells

Ph.D.

2014

Qi Li

Toward a User's Toolkit for Modeling Scintillator Proportionality and Light Yield

Ph.D.

2014

Jennifer Dorand

A SR-90 Irradiation Device for the Study of Cutaneous Radiation Injury from a Radiological Incident

Ph.D.

2013

Corey Hewitt

Carbon Nanotube Based Organic Thermoelectric Composites: Synthesis, Characterization, Performance

Ph.D.

Postdoc, WFU

2013

Nicholas Lepley

An Investigation of Lithium Solid Electrolyte Materials with First Principles Calculations

M.S.

2013

Chen Liu

The Role of Nitric Oxide in the Blood Storage Lesion

Ph.D.

2013

Justin Sigley

Measuring the Microscale Mechanical Properties of Fibrin Fibers and Cancer Cells

Ph.D.

2013

Graham Lopez

Calculating Magnetic Properties of Materials using Density Functional Theory

Ph.D.

2013

Landon Belavia

Reactions of Nitroxyl and Nitrite In Blood

Ph.D.

2012

Joel Grim

Experimental and Computational Studies of Nonlinear Quenching in Materials Used as Radiation Detectors

Ph.D.

2012

Wanyi Nie

Organic Photovoltaic Device Optimization

Ph.D.

2012

Brian Kolb

A Survey of Several van der Walls-Rich Systems and a Machine Learning Approach to Improving Density Functional Theory

Ph.D.

2012

Ryan Best

Monte Carlo Modeling of the Gamma Knife Perfexion™

Ph.D.

2012

Xuanfeng Leo Ding

Feasibility Study of Multi-Application, Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Magnetic Resonance Temperature Imaging Guided Laster Induced Thermal Therapy

Ph.D.

2012

Jason Bates

Quantum Effects of Scalar Fields in Black Hole and Cosmological Spacetimes

Ph.D.

2012

Yuan Li

Three Dimensional Solar Cells Based on Optical Confinement Geometries

Ph.D.

2012

Eric Peterson

Nanocomposites for Enhancing Current Collection in Organic Solar Cells

M.S.

2011

Samrat Dutta

Studying the Interaction of Cancer & Thrombosis Therapeutics with Protein and DNA

Ph.D.

2011

Xiao Xu

Hartree-Fock and KLI Atom Projector Augmented Wave Method Implementation

Ph.D.

2011

Jillian Bjerke

Characterization of Carbonaceous Exsolvate from Metal Melts

M.S.

2011

Jerrold Kielbasa

Fabrication and Optical Response of Silver Nanowire Metamaterials

Ph.D.

2011

Ivan Azarov

Nitric oxide bioavailability regulation by hemoglobin

Ph.D.

2010

Ryan Best

Monte Carlo Modeling of the Gamma Knife Perfexion™

M.S.

2010

Todd Fallesen

Kinesin-Microtubule Interactions During Gliding Assays Under Magnetic Force

Ph.D.

2010

Christine Carlisle

The Mechanical Properties of Individual Electrospun Fibers and Fibrin Fibers

Ph.D.

2009

Ye Yuan

Studies of the Electrostatic Properties of Peroxiredoxins

Ph.D.

2009

Jason D. Grigsby

Analyzing and Improving Initial Data for Binary Black Holes

Ph.D.

2009

William H. Hirsch

Quantum Effects of the Massless Spin One-Half Field in Static Spherically Symmetric Black Hole and Wormhole Spacetimes

Ph.D.

Marquette University

2008

Faith Coldren

Theoretical and Experimental Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of Staphylococcus Aureus

Ph.D.

2008

Douglas K. Bonessi

Optical Forces and Torques: Theory and Experiment

Ph.D.

2008

William B. Hodge

Constrained Variational Calculation of Second-Order Reduced Density Matrices for Hubbard Rings

Ph.D.

2008

Kevin Conley

A Dirac All-Electron Basis and Spin-Orbit Coupled Projector Implementation of the Projector Augmented Wave Method for Atomic Systems

Ph.D.

Forsyth Technical Community College

2007

Anne Jeffers

Nitric Oxide Scavenging by Cell-free Hemoglobin

M.S.

2007

Matthew J. Rave

Aspects of Berry's Phase in Solid State Physics

Ph.D.

Western Carolina University

2006

Wenhua Liu

Determining the Mechanical Properties of Individual Fibrin Fibers

Ph.D.

Postdoc, Cornell

2006

Peng Lu

Nanoselection - A Single-Cycle Method, Based on a Combined AFM/FM instrument, to Select Individual Aptamer Species from a Pool of Random Oligonucleotides

Ph.D.

WFU Accounting Grad Student

2006

Ping Tang

Computational Research on Lithium ion Battery Materials

Ph.D.

Software Engineer at Cryo-Cell International

2006

David Evanich

Aspects of Parametric Resonance in Chaotic Inflation

M.S.

RBC, Medical Equipment Engineering Firm

2006

Kris Huang

Ph.D.

2005

Yong Qiu

Subpicosecond Absorption Study of an Electron Polaron and Its Formation Time in Knb03 and LiNb03

Ph.D.

2005

Anne Bouldin Jeffers

Activation of Soluble Guanylate Cyclase by Nitrite

M.S.

2004

Yonas Beyene Abraham

Electronic States near Surfaces – a) Analysis of calculation methods using semi-infinite boundary conditions; b) Sensitive detection using laser photoelectron spectroscopy

Ph.D.

Targacept, Inc.

2004

Richard Czerw

Nano-Composite Organic Devices

Ph.D.

President and CEO of Nanotech Laboratories

2004

Gang Xiong

Toward a New Diode Laser: ZNO Photoluminescence and P-Type Doping, Theory of Giant Oscillator Strength

Ph.D.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2004

Chanté L. Singleton

Radiation Surface Dose with the DignicapTM Hypothermic Cap during Whole-Brain Radiation Treatment

M.S.

2004

Xiuli Xu

Study of the Effects of Nitric Oxide on Sickle Cell Disease

Ph.D.

National Institute of Health

2004

Kejing Chen

Light Scattering Study on the Polymerization and Aggregation of Hemoglobin in High Concentration Phosphate Buffer

Ph.D.

Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University

2004

Virginia L. Lockamy

The Search for the Mechanism of Nitric Oxide Release in Hydroxyurea Therapy

Ph.D.

Resident in Medical Physics, U. Minnesota

2003

John H. Wilkinson IV

Picosecond Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Zinc Oxide Single Crystals, Films and Nanoparticles

Ph.D.

Research Associate, Naval Research Laboratory

2003

Scott M. Webster

Optical Properties of Nanostructured Materials

Ph.D.

Research Associate, College of Optics and Photonics, UCF

2003

David B. Hill

Changes in the Number of Molecular Motors Driving Vesicle Transport in PC12

Ph.D.

Research Associate, Dept. of Physics, UNC, Chapel Hill

2003

Peter Bernard Groves

Method to Compute the Stress-Energy Tensor of a Spin ½ Field in a Static Spherically Symmetric Spacetime

Ph.D.

2002

Zhi (James) Huang

Effect of No On Deformability of Sickle Erythrocytes

Ph.D.

Research Associate, NIH

2002

Svetlana Aroutiounian

Mechanisms and Kinetics of Melting of HBS Aggregates Studies in High Concentration Phosphate Buffer

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Dillard University

2002

Bakhitjan Kourmanov

Light Torque Induced by a Linearly Polarized Laser Beam in an Optical Trap

M.S.

Instructional Technology Consultant, Wake Forest University

2002

Adam C. Ballard

Absolute Measurement of The Polarizability of C60 Clusters in the Gas Phase

Ph.D.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

2002

Rodney B. Dunning

Ab Initio Modeling of the F-Center in Light Alkali-Halides

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Longwood University

2001

Zhi Huang

Hydroxyurea Affects the Deformability of Sickle Erythrocytes in Vitro

M.S.

2000

Kerry L. Grow

Evaluation of Emission Tuned-Aperture Computed Tomography

M.S.

1999

Kyle J. Bergquist

A Characterization of Radicals in hard Keratin

M.S.

1999

William Howell Hinson

Dose Calculations of Photon Beams Using a Finite-Size Pencil Beam Model

Ph.D.

WFU Medical School, Dept. of Radiology

1999

Jack Wolston Brockway III

Astrophysical Limits on Additional U(1) Gauge Couplings

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Radford University

1999

Henry M. Yochum III

Picosecond Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of the Oxide Crystals LiNbO3, KNbO3, KTiOPO4, CdWO4, PbWO4, and Sc2O3

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sweet Briar College, VA

1999

Andrew J. Graham

Nucleation Rates for One-Dimensional Stochastic Systems with Asymmetric Quartic Potentials, Brownian Noise and Damping

Ph.D.

Appalachian State University

1999

Mathew Binkley

Zero Temperature Black Holes in Semiclassical Gravity

M.S.

1999

Forrest Taylor Charnock

Dynamics of Dipolar Defects in Rare Earth Doped Alkaline-Earth Fluoride Crystals

Ph.D.

1998

Ryan M. Hatcher

An Order N Generalized Gradient Approximation to the Exchange-Correlation Potential in Density Functional Theory

M.S.

1998

Janice L. Lopresti

Picosecond and Subpicosecond Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Laser-Excited ZnTe, ZnSe, GaN and GaP

Ph.D.

Knowles Electronics, Chicago, IL

1998

Alan Tackett

Spacial Implementation of the Projector Augmented Wave Method for Electron Structure Calculations

Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University

1997

Yueping Zeng

Computer Simulations of Crystal Structures using Density Functional Theory

Ph.D.

Imaging Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Plantation, FL

1997

Scott Vance Harder

Sub-Micrometer Studies of Optical and Positioning Elements for an Ultrahigh Vacuum Scanning Confocal Microscope

M.S.

1997

Eben D. Thoma

Subpicosecond Time-Resolved Absorption Spectroscopy of Alkali Halide Crystals

Ph.D.

EPA, Raleigh, NC

1996

Rebecca K. Reed Thoma

Laser Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Defect States in GaP(110) and KI

Ph.D.

1996

Louis Arthur Cosentine

Production and Annihilation of Surface Radicals in Cleaved Keratin

M.S.

Andersen Consulting, Chicago & Charlotte

1996

Charles W. Himes

Laser Driven Metallic Bonding of Thin Films

M.S.

1995

Brian G. Burleigh

A Search for Anomalous Radiation in Deuterium-Loaded Palladium

M.S.

1995

Christine C. Parks

Observation of Water Adsorption on BaF2 (111) and CaF2 (111) using Atomic Force Microscopy

M.S.

1995

D. J. Williams

Spacetime Geometry of the Kerr Metric

M.S.

1995

Xiao Pu

Pulsed Electron Gun for Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

M.S.

1995

R. Mark Wilson

Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of Radiation Damage on Ionic Crystal Surfaces

Ph.D.

Associate Editor, Physics Today

1994

Anqi Wu

Deposition of High Temperature Superconducting Thin Films on Metallic and Nonmetallic Substrates by Laser Ablation

Ph.D.

1994

Hanli Liu

Picosecond time-resolved spectroscopy of self-trapped excitons and defect formation in ionic insulators

Ph.D.

Professor, U. Texas

1993

Chandran R. Sabanayagam

A Quantitative Analysis on the Dynamics of Deoxyribonucleic Acid During Field Inversion Gel Electrophoresis

M.S.

1993

Alan Dillon

An ESR Study of Irradiated Keratin Proteins

M.S.

1993

M. Shane Hutson

Molecular Weight Dependence of DNA Motion During 120° Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis

M.S.

1993

Lynn M. Neitzey

The Angle Dependence of DNA Velocity During Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis

M.S.

1992

Thomas Wesley Eggleston

An ESR Study of the Phase Transition in Calcium Cadmium Acetate Hexahydrate

M.S.

1991

Louis Edward Keiner

The Velocity and Relaxation of DNA During Gel Electrophoresis

M.S.

1991

Matthew J. Rave

Mean-Field Theory of Phase Transitions for a Lattice with an Asymmetric On-Site Potential

M.S.

1991

Kevin J. Platt

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Lattice Dynamical Model with Three-Fold Symmetry in the On-Site Potential

M.S.

1991

Mark W. Rowe

Picosecond Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Si(111) 7x7, Si(111):B√3x√3 R30°, Si(100) 2x1, and Si(111) 1x1

M.S.

1990

Hanli Liu

Heating of Materials by Laser Pulses—Thermal Calculations and Picosecond Photoelectron Spectroscopy

M.S.

Professor, U. Texas

1990

Todd George Kleman

ESR Studies of Cu2+ Concentration Dependent Phase Transitions in Cadmium Calcium Acetate Hexahydrate

M.S.

1989

Richard Whitney Whitcomb

The Velocity and Orientation of Linear DNA during Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis

M.S.

1989

Mark David Shattuck

The Kinetics and Diffusion of Radicals in X-Irradiated L-α-Amino-n-Butyric Acid Hydrochloride with L-Cysteine Hydrochloride as Impurity

M.S.

1988

Ma Yi

The Mechanisms of Free Radical Reactions in Irradiated L-α-Amino-n-Butyric Acid HCL Plus L-Cysteine HCL

M.S.

1987

R. Mark Wilson

Photoemission Studies of GaAs using Synchrotron and Laser Radiation

M.S.

1987

Mark Allen Durham

ITC: A Computer Model Defect-Defect Interactions in Gadolinium Doped Calcium Fluoride

M.S.

1987

Deborah A. Wortman

The Effect of Defect Interactions on Ionic Thermocurrent Peak Widths

M.S.

1986

Masahiro Itoh

Decay and Diffusion of Radicals in L-α-Amino-n-Butyric Acid HCL

M.S.

1986

Jeffrey Ray Gardner

A Solution to the Inverse Atomic Pseudopotential Problem

M.S.

1985

Scott Warner Reid

An ESR Study of the Effects of Ionizing Irradiation on DL-Aspartic Acid

M.S.

1984

Lawrence Hoy James

Defect Aggregation in Rare Earth Doped Calcium Flouride

M.S.

1984

Guy M. Beaver, III

The Diffusion Mechanism of Silver Ions in Alpha Silver Iodide and Its Effect on Quasielastic Neutron Scattering

M.S.

1984

Amanda Joy Loggins

The Application of Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy to Difficult Systems: Theoretical and Experimental Considerations

M.S.

1983

Michael Ray Dishman

Defect Aggregation in Rare-Earth Doped Calcium Fluoride

M.S.

1983

Mark B. Williams

Symmetry Properties of the Strange Attractor for the Damped, Driven Pendulum

M.S.

1983

Martin James McHugh

Charge Emission Kinetics of the Gallium Vacancy in Gallium Phosphide

M.S.

1982

James V. Atherton

Spectral Analysis of Ultrasound Reflected from Arteries

M.S.

1982

William F. Lofton, Jr.

An Investigation of the Properties of Spherically Symmetric Space-Time

M.S.

1982

Pamela Lynn Carter

Dependence of Defect Relaxation Kinetics on Lanthanide Dopant Ion Size

M.S.

1978

L. Alan Love

Intracellular Temperature Distribution Produced by Ultrasound

M.A.

1978

Maria Felicidad G. Arcilla

Detection of Cavitation by Sound Scattering

M.S.

1977

Roger A. Hull

Vacancy Pair Formation in Quenched RbC1

M.A.

1976

Maria Lourdes P. Bartolome

Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Structural Phase Transitions

M.A.

1976

Frank C. Murray

Stress Relaxation in Magnesium Oxide

M.A.

1975

David Baird Mast

Electron Nuclear Double Resonance Investigations in N-Acetylglycine, DL-Serine and Hydroxyurea

M.A.

1975

J. Sseton N. Tomyn

Reorientation Kinetics of the Impurity Dipole in CaF2:Y+3

M.A.

1974

Charles H. Nielsen

The Internal Friction of Lead Doped with Noble Metals

M.A.

1974

William Marcellus Jordan III

Irradiation Damage to Aspartic Acid

M.A.

1973

Dean R. Mullis

A Dielectric Loss and Ionic Thermocurrents Study of Dipolar Defect in Pure RbC1 and RbC1: Sr2+

M.A.

1973

Charles R. Spell, Jr.

Thermal Release of Electric Charges in –Irradiated Amino Acids

M.A.

1972

Cornelius J. Murphy III

A Study of the V- Band and the Deformation Induced 306NM Band in Single Crystal Magnesium Oxide

M.A.

1971

Sankey R. Painter

An Interal Friction Study of Interstitial Diffusion in Lead

M.A.

1971

Larry N. Hambrick

Tachyon Model of the Stress Tensor

M.A.

1970

James W. Morton

Dielectric Loss Study of the Kinetics of Dipole Migration in Strontium-Doped Rubidium Chloride Induced by Quenching and Deformation

M.A.

1970

William Martin Marsh

Coloration in X-Irradiated Single Crystals of Some Organic Compounds

M.A.

1969

Wyndham L. Wilkinson

Pre-Exponential Factors for Diffusion of Oxygen in ZnO Crystals in Equilibrium with a Gas Atmosphere

M.A.

1969

William C. Reed

Space Charge Layers and Photoconductivity in Colored Potassium Chloride Crystals

M.A.

1968

Robert B. Bailey, Jr.

Dielectric Losses in Pure and Strontium-Doped Rubidium Chloride

M.A.

1968

James H. Everett, Jr.

A Resistivity Study of the Kinetics of Short-Range-Order and Vacancy Annihilation in Quenched Gold-Silver Alloys

M.A.

1968

Wayne Moore

General Relativity : A Two Dimensional Approach

M.A.

1968

Richard C. Sanders

Dislocation Interstitial Interactions in Single Crystal Tantalum

M.A.

1968

Keywood Carnell Cheves, Jr.

Hindered Rotation of the Methyl Group in Organic Solids

M.A.

1968

Thomas J. Richards

Trapping and Release of Electrons by F Centers in Potassium Chloride

M.A.

1968

K. N. Thomas

Polarization of Luminescence of M Centers in Sodium Fluoride

M.A.

1967

Yaw T. Oh

Symmetry and Conservation

M.A.

1967

Charles Howard Bennett

Electron Spin Resonance Study of Free Radicals Formed by Ionizing Radiation in Single Crystals of Thiourea

M.A.

1967

Johnny Dean DeLaigle

An Electron Spin Resonance Study of the Free Radicals Formed by Ionizing Radiation in Single Crystals of Valine

M.A.

1967

E. Franklin Harris

The Trapping and Release of Electrons by Color Centers in Potassium Chloride

M.A.

1966

Charles M. Dozier

An Internal Friction Study of Atomic Mobilities in Alpha-Phase Silver-Cadmium Alloys

M.A.

1966

George R. Plitnik

The Configuration Coordinate Curves for the M Center in Alkali Fluorides

M.A.

1965

George L. Hazelton

Electrical Conductivity in Organic Solids

M.A.

1965

Bert Jack Klein, Jr.

Annealing Kinetics of Quenched Defects in AU-AG Alloys by Resistivity Techniques

M.A.

1965

J. Fred Watts

Radiation Damping

M.A.

1965

Carl W. Entemann

Gravitation and Curved Space-Time

M.A.

1964

John P. Gerlach

Internal Friction in Ionic Single Crystals

M.A.

1963

James Ronald Thornton

An Investigation of the Formation and Migration of Vacancies in an 88% AU-AG Alloy by Resistance Measurements

M.A.

 

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