University of Missouri

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-3335
(573) 882-4195 (fax)

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astronomy Both Both
Astrophysics Both Both
Biophysics Both Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Energy Sources & Environment Both Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Medical, Health Physics Experimental Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Polymer Physics/Science Experimental Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Biophysics

Molecular modeling transport through membranes; RNA folding and assembly; computational drug design.
Shi-Jie Chen, Ioan Kosztin, Xiaoqin Zou

Condensed Matter Physics

Electronic structure of materials, magnetic devices, and spintronics; quantum many-body theory; density-functional theory; transport and optical excitations in semiconductors; quantum and classical statistical mechanics; fractals and phase transitions.
Peter Pfeifer, Sashi Satpathy, David Singh, Carsten Ullrich, Giovanni Vignale, Carlos Wexler

Cosmology & String Theory

Origin and fate of the universe; gravitational radiation; post-Newtonian gravity; black holes.
Sergei Kopeikin

EXPERIMENTAL

Astronomy

Cosmic dust; planetary and star formation and evolution; galactic chemical evolution; origin of molecules; early galaxy formation; science of space exploration.
Linda Godwin, Yicheng Guo, Aigen Li, Angela Speck, Haojing Yan

Biophysics

Cellular biomechanics; physical mechanisms of cell and developmental biology; organ printing and tissue engineering; single-molecule atomic force microscopy; transmembrane proteins.
Gavin King, Ping Yu

Condensed Matter Physics

Organic displays and photovoltaics; Raman scattering; ZnO-based optoelectronics; dielectrics; high-pressure optical spectroscopy; magnetic fractals; quantum phase transitions; organic thin films; neutron and x-ray scattering; epitaxial growth; alternative fuel research; hydrogen storage; surface science; geometrically frustrated magnetic systems; topological materials.
Guang Bian, Meera Chandrasekhar, Shubhra Gangopadhyay, Suchi Guha, Paul Miceli, Wouter Montfrooij, Peter Pfeifer, Deepak Singh, Ping Yu

Medical, Health Physics

Nanomedicine; drug delivery; cancer research.
M. Hawthorne, Kattesh Katti

Optics

Biomedical imaging; nonlinear optics.
Meera Chandrasekhar, Ping Yu

Physics and other Science Education

Writing-to-learn strategies; formative assessment tools; inquiry-based teaching methodologies.
Meera Chandrasekhar, Karen King, Angela Speck

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