Science Cafe


Erica Carlson

Erica Carlson, Purdue University

Our research group focuses on condensed matter theory, studying the electronic properties of novel materials. Current group interests include high temperature superconductivity, strongly correlated electrons, liquid crystalline phases of electrons, and soft electronic matter. 

Chen Yang

Chen Yang, Purdue University

Our research interest centers broadly on functional nanosystems with an emphasis on semiconductor nanowires. Semiconductor nanowires are single crystal semiconductors with diameters of a few nanometers and lengths up to tens microns. They are versatile building blocks with tunable physical and chemical properties, opening up many exciting opportunities to compute, communicate, encode, detect and identify.

Soo Lee

Kyoung-Soo Lee, Purdue University

My research interests include observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, star formation and chemical enrichment histories of distant galaxies, cosmic structure formation of dark matter, and searches for progenitors of galaxy clusters in the young universe.

Rebecca Lindell

Rebecca Lindell, Purdue University

My research focuses on the teaching and learning of Physics and Astronomy.  Currently I am working on several projects: Enhancing student engagement within a physics course outside of the standard class meeting times; Determining differences between online vs in-class administration of concept inventories, and transforming introductory physics courses for sciences and engineers.

Briony Horgan

Briony Horgan, Purdue University

My research interests include surface composition and geology of terrestrial planets and small bodies, reflectance and emittance spectroscopy (0.3-50 µm), laboratory, field, and spacecraft, paleoclimate records and habitability in soils and paleosols, explosive volcanism, ice-magma interactions, and glacial environments, and composition, morphology, and dynamics of aeolian bedforms.

Yulia Pushkar

Yulia Pushkar, Purdue University

We apply spectroscopic techniques to study biological and synthetic systems capable of converting visible light into chemically stored energy. Insight into mechanisms of their functions will help to create new, robust and efficient light-to-energy conversion units. We also use high resolution (micro to nano) X-ray imaging for simultaneous detection of metals (such as Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn) in neuron cell cultures and brain tissues. 

Birgit Kaufmann

Birgit Kaufmann, Purdue University

Our research is in the area of mathematical Physics, including non-equilibrium systems, quantum wire networks from triply-periodic minimal surfaces, and finite-size scaling in atomic models.

Oana Malis

Oana Malis, Purdue University

Our group is studying the structural and optical properties of nanostructured materials. In particular we are creatively exploring the properties of complex semiconductor nanostructures for infrared light emission and detection. Our work involves material design, synthesis and characterization, as well as device processing and testing.