How Lasers Might Help Solve Sex Crimes
February 5, 2019
Forensic science and physics researchers at VCU are studying how “optical tweezers” could address one of crime labs’ biggest challenges.
Physics Department Open House
January 7, 2019
The Physics Department Winter Open House was on December 15. Over forty prospective students and parents visited the physics department and learned about the exciting opportunities that our department has to offer. This included finding out about all the great biomedical and nanotechnology research going on in our department. They toured VCU's world class nanocharacterization and high performance computing centers, and had a pizza lunch with our current and former students!
Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Physics Graduates
December 9, 2018
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Physics Graduates. Pictured are Professor Khanna, Corrinne Callison, Professor Bishop, and Nabeel Zahid. Two Master of Science students graduated, and 13 Bachelor of Science students graduated this Fall.
Physics Department named a Champion of Accessibility
October 16, 2018
VCU’s Transforming Accessibility Initiative hosted their inaugural event, “Entrepreneurship, ‘Way-Finding’ and the Value of Difference” on October 8. As part of the event, the university’s first-ever Champions of Accessibility awards were given to recognize faculty, staff, students and VCU departments who have made a significant contribution in the areas of accessibility or general disability support. The Department of Physics received a Digital Access Award for a medium unit.
Dr. Reed named Eminent Scholar
October 5, 2018
The VCU college of Humanities and Sciences has named Dr. Jason Reed of the Department of Physics to the first cohort of Eminent scholars. This award was created to recognize outstanding mid-career scholars at VCU. Dr. Reed's research uses physics principles to develop techniques to the provide information leading to novel ways of treating some of the deadliest cancers.
Template to create superatoms, created by VCU researchers improve the power and efficiency of batteries and semiconductors
June 21, 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered a novel strategy for creating superatoms — combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the periodic table. These superatoms could be used to create new materials, including more efficient batteries and better semiconductors; a core component of microchips, transistors and most computerized devices.
Physics Grad Wins Young Investigator Award
May 22, 2018
Anita Olsen, who recently earned her Ph.D. in physics, received the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Laboratory Hematology (ISLH).
Dr. Bertino has been appointed the Director of the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility
February 7, 2018
Congratulations to Prof. Massimo Bertino on his appointment as Director of the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility
Dr. Hong Fang has received a Travel Grant to attend the APS March Meeting
February 6, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Hong Fang (postdoctoral associate with Prof. Jena) for receiving a Travel Grant to attend the APS March Meeting.
Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber write article for Nature Chemistry
November 23, 2017
Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber have written a News and Views article for Nature Chemistry about the role of Superatoms in developing new materials. The work highlights recent developments in superatomic materials, in which nanoscale clusters serve as the building blocks of the material, rather than atoms.
A team led by Dr. Reed has developed a revolutionary imaging technique to map DNA mutations
November 21, 2017
The team led by VCU physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., has developed new nanomapping technology that could transform the way disease-causing genetic mutations are diagnosed and discovered.
Physics Faculty visit the MathScience Innovation Center to teach Nanoscience
June 27, 2017
Several Physics faculty members have visited the MathScience Innovation Center to teach Nanoscience. Faculty members presented demonstrations and talked about the unique behaviors observed in nanoscale materials.
Shiv Khanna to Become Chair of Physics
November 3, 2016
Beginning January 1, 2017, Commonwealth Professor Shiv Khanna will assume the role of Chair of the Department of Physics.