The Department of Physics at City College has a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students. Many of our alumni have achieved prominence in academic, industrial and governmental physics positions; three of them, Arno Penzias, Leon Lederman and Robert Hofstadter, have won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Today the Department continues to reflect this tradition of scientific excellence. The faculty include members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, fellows of the American Physical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are deeply engaged in cutting-edge research, including biophysics, experimental and theoretical physics, ultrafast spectroscopy and photonics and soft-condensed matter physics, to name just a few areas.
Physics students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees at City College. Whether they are modeling DNA molecules, working with MRI and CAT scans, building lasers or working with computers, they are preparing for the jobs and opportunities that will dominate the 21st century.
Jeffrey Morris ″ Levich Institute, Professor of Chemical Engineering, CUNY-CCNY
Citation: For outstanding research in the flow of multi-phase mixtures, including the development of nonequilibrium microstructure in Stokes flow, constitutive modeling and bulk flow analysis, measurement of the particle pressure, and elucidating the influence of particle-scale inertia on rheology and flow.
Nominated by: Division of Fluid Dynamics
Any active American Physical Society member is eligible for nomination and election to Fellowship. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.
Cornell University Capital Equipment Donation
Jiufeng Tu received a capital equipment donation worth $1M from Prof. Albert J. Sievers, Cornell University. Equipment includes: Raman spectrometer, Lamellar spectrometer and accessories (He3), Laser Nd:Yag, Laser Nd:Yag, UV Wavelength, Generator harmonic, Pulse kit, Retro kit, Cryostat system with controller
Detector far IR and Laser injection. Associate Professor Tu conducts optical spectroscopy studies of energy related materials. experimental condensed matter physics, optical spectroscopy, optical studies of correlated systems and nanosystems, infrared and Raman studies of superconductors and nanosystems physics.
Michael S. Lubell, Nov. 20, 2013, 4:52 p.m., Roll Call
The government shutdown and threatened financial default may seem so yesterday, given the Obamacare rollout mess. But the tea party's October call to conservative arms is having a persisting, pernicious effect, even though the media and Wall Street seem to have moved on. What I have in mind, particularly, is the sequester's impact on science, the generator of America's future economic growth. 2013 CCNY Physics research publications citing sponsorship by U. S. Agencies
Professor Robert Alfano and colleagues devise approach for applying quantum and optical principles to cosmetic preparations. How someone perceives color is determined by how the item they are looking at scatters and emits light. In August, three City College of New York physicists affiliated with the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (IUSL) were awarded a patent for a method for changing perception of skin tone by applying quantum and optical principles to cosmetic preparations.
Physics Professor Cory Dean conducting research as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and working with Professor of Electrical Engineering Ken Shepard and Professor of Mechanical Engineering James Hone, developed a new method using graphene as the two-dimensional model, resulting in the cleanest graphene produced to date. The new technique makes it possible for an atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) material to be electrically connected only along its one-dimensional (1D) edge. This contact geometry enables a new assembly technique for layered materials that prevents contamination at interfaces. The discovery appears in the journal Science, November 1, 2013 issue.
Developed at the City University of New York and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Advanced Vein Visualization, AVV-1 provides a superior illumination and visualization of a patient's veins in both the arm and hand. The AVV-1 has been designed to help a medical practitioner or nurse to accomplish the task of inserting a needle for an IV or blood draw in a more efficient, timely and safe manner. This will help minimize patient and practitioner stress, treatment delays, and infections from failed attempts. Vein illumination is particularly important when the patient is obese, very young, aged and/or has dark skin. Researchers: Distinguished Professor Robert Alfano, Dr Stravos Demos, Michele Alfano-Berwanger
Congratulations to two new Ph.D. Graduates
Dr. Rui Zhang
Mr. Rui Zhang received his Ph. D. in September, under the supervision of Prof. Joel Koplik of the Levich Institute and the Physics Department at The City College of New York. Dr. Zhang's thesis topic was "Nano-scale interactions of particles and drops with heterogeneous surfaces." Dr. Zhang is currently continuing as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Levich Institute.
Dr. Zhang received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Fudan University in China in July, 2007 and joined the City University of New York's Ph.D. program in Physics the following September through the Mini-CUSPEA program. The CUSPEA program was initiated in the 1980s to help in the recruitment of top-quality graduate students from China. The program ended in 1990, after which US institutions had to rely on GRE and TOEFL scores in reviewing applications from China.
In 1993-'94, City College, together with Columbia and New York University, decided to reconstitute a mini-version of the program, that would provide a continuing source of good graduate students from Fudan University in Shanghai. The three institutions which are part of this Mini-CUSPEA consortium rotate in setting the entrance exam,
which is given in early September to third-year undergraduate physics majors at Fudan and Beijing Universities. A faculty member from one of the three institutions is sent to China for on-site interviews with successful candidates. The consortium meets each year in October to consider early admission to the respective Ph.D. programs. With these early decisions, the successful candidates may then settle down to a senior year devoted to preparing for a graduate career in physics.
The Mini-CUSPEA consortium has been operating successfully over the last 20 years, currently admitting on the average about 3 to 4 students per year. Under the program, CCNY has admitted over 30 excellent students from Fudan and Beijing Universities. Professor Ngee-Pong Chang is City College's main contact for Mini-CUSPEA. This year Prof. Hernan Makse represented the consortium by conducting interviews in China.
Dr. Binlin Wu
Mr. Binlin Wu successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis on August 9, 2013. His thesis entitled, "Time Reversal Optical Tomography and Decomposition Methods for Detection and Localization of Targets in Highly Scattering Turbid Media," was carried out under the supervision of Professor Swapan Kumar Gayen. Dr. Wu is now pursuing postdoctoral research at Cornell Weill Medical College in New York City.
Dr. Wu entered the CUNY Ph.D. program in September, 2003 with a Masters degree in Physics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China.
Rui Zhang, Ph.D., Physics, 2013
Binlin Wu, Ph.D., Physics, 2013