We are a research-intensive department, with expertise spanning experimental, theoretical, and computational physics. Active areas of research include nanomaterials, soft condensed matter, biophysics, and physics education research. When applying, please indicate your area(s) of research interest. If you wish to work with a particular faculty member, we recommend contacting that individual informally to discuss the availability of research opportunities.
Faculty Research Interests:
Physics Education Research: Student Content Understanding, Curriculum Development
Soft Materials: Experimental Studies of Polymers, Diblock Copolymers, Thin Films, Pattern Formation, and Mechanics
Soft Materials: Theory and Simulation of Phase Behavior of Charged Colloids, Polyelectrolytes, and Polymer-Nanoparticle Mixtures
Nanomaterials: Experimental Studies of Nanoparticles, Polymers, Optics, and Rheology
Soft Matter: Theory and Simulation of Active Matter
Physics Education Research
Nanomaterials: First-Principles Description of Electronic Properties of Nanomaterials, Nuclear Theory, Fermi Systems
Soft Matter and Biophysics: Theoretical Studies of Stability and Phase Behavior of Complexes between Lipid Membranes and Associated Biopolymers
Soft Matter: Simulation of Phase Separating Fluids using the Lattice Boltzmann Method
For information about admission, eligibility criteria, and application instructions, please see Graduate Admission.
Informal inquiries about the Physics graduate program at NDSU may be directed to:
Dr. Alan Denton, Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator