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

Reshchikov_m

 

Michael A. Reshchikov
Professor
 

Research Area(s): Experimental condensed matter

 

701 W. Grace St., 1607 
804.828.1613 
mreshchi@vcu.edu

Bertino-massimo

Massimo F. Bertino

Professor 

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

 

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

Ye_dexian  

 

Ye, Dexian
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

Bishop 

 

Bishop, Marilyn F.
Associate Professor
 

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

 

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

demchenko_denis 

 

Denis Demchenko
Associate Professor
 

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter

 

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

peru_jena 

 

Puru Jena
Distinguished Professor
 

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

 

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

shiv_khanna 

 

Shiv Khanna
Commonwealth Professor
 

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

 

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

 McMullen

 

McMullen, Tom
Instructor
 

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

 

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

 reveles_u

 

J. Ulises Reveles
Assistant Professor
 

Research Area(s): Theoretical condensed matter, Theoretical nanoscience, Catalyst and Scientific software

 

701 W. Grace St., 2417 
804.828.5433 
jureveles@vcu.edu