Our work focuses on the study of the structure and dyanmics of condensed matter systems under confinement at the nanoscale. 

Research interests

  • Condensed matter physics (experimental)

Our research efforts focus on the microscope structure and dynamics of condensed matter using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. Areas of study include the following:

  • Collective Excitations in Confined Quantum Liquids
  • Momentum Distribution of Hydrogen on Surfaces
  • Microscopic Structure of Confined Solids
  • Wetting on Nonstructural Surfaces
  • Dynamics of Hydrogen in Reduced Dimensionality
  • Hydrogen Storage Materials


  • 1D nanoconfined helium: A versatile platform for exploring Luttinger liquid physics
  • Structure and Dynamics of Confined Solids
Past Affiliations

Professor, Department of Physics, Eberly College of Science, Penn State University Park, The Pennsylvania State University (past)

Natural Resources Conservation, Physics
PhD, Ohio State University, Physics, 1981
BS, State University of New York at Buffalo, Physics, 1977
structural analysis physics nuclear magnetic resonance neutron scattering phase transformations

Milton S. Eisenhower Teaching Award, PSU (Pennsylvania State University), 2001

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1998

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Chemical Society
American Physical Society
Materials Research Society
Neutron Scattering Society of America