Our department is involved in cutting-edge research in the areas of
condensed matter physics and materials science. As a result, we
have several laboratories available to researching students and
faculty which contain state-of-the-art equipment and
Research projects are conducted both at SDSM&T and at universities and research labs across the United States. In a number of cases, experiments and theoretical studies are conducted in collaboration with researchers from other countries.
Department faculty conduct research in many areas, including
Investigations of new materials, strutures and devices for semiconductor spintronics.
Thermal and electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube composites and suspensions.
Electronic transport in molecular monolayers.
Variable-range hopping of spin and lattice polarons.
Magnetic polaron hopping and giant magnetoresistance in magnetic semiconductors and nanostructures.
Experimental and theoretical studies of properities of materials with spontaneous polarization (including magnetic, ferroelectric, and magnetoelectric substances) for special applications in contemporary microelectronics.
Properties of ultrathin magnetic films, including domain wall structure and dynamics and influence of structural defects on magnetization.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) studies of the hydriding and de-hydriding kinetics in complex metal hydrides, which are perspective materials for solid state hydrogen storage.
Each faculty member in the department is involved in research. To see what research areas a particular faculty member is involved in, please see our faculty page.