Wilkes University

Dr. Amjad Y. Nazzal


Associate Professor
Math Physics and Computer Science

Stark Learning Center
(570) 408-3276

Degrees with fields, institution, and date

Ph.D.      Physics       University of Arkansas      2004

M.Sc.      Physics      Yarmouk University-Jordan      1995

B.Sc.      Physics       Yarmouk University-Jordan      1992

Years in academia, date of original appointment, and date(s) of promotion

·       1 year
·       Appointed 2008

Other related experience

·       1 year as Assistant Professor
·       Teaching Physics courses for engineering, science, health sciences and pharmacy students (Algebra and/or calculus based) Division of Engineering and Physics at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre PA 
·       Courses: Physics 201, Physics 201 lab, Physics 174
·       Coordinator - Phy 201 and Phy 174 labs
·       Incorporating technology in teaching through developing online fully automated/hybrid courses (different platforms such as Blackboard, WebCT, Wiley-Plus, etc).
·       Assisted the supervision of several ME/EE senior projects
·       Provided consulting services for local industry (Lehighton Electronics)

Postdoctoral fellow 2004 – 2007

·       Researcher with Dr. H. Fu at the University of Arkansas-Physics Department
·       Computational physics: DFT and Semi-Empirical Pseudo-potential Method

Research assistant 2000-2004

·       Researcher with Prof. M. Xiao, Physics Department, University of Arkansas Experimental physics: Optical spectroscopy

·       Researcher with Prof. X. Peng, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas

·       Teaching assistant 1998-2000 - Physics Department-University of Arkansas 

Computer Skills

·       Operating Systems: DOS, WINDOWS and UNIX

·       Programming Languages: BASIC, TURBO PASCAL, FORTRAN and C

·       Software: Scientific software applications (MathCAD, Origin, Mathematical, Logger Pro, Mat Lab, Maple, etc), Lab View and automation, in addition to educational software applications (such as Interactive Physics and data studio).


·       Experimental optical spectroscopy and photonics, structural, surface, and compositional characterization and analytical techniques, synthesis and growth techniques of reduced dimensional crystalline structures, computational condensed matter physics.

Scientific and professional societies

·       Member of the American Physical Society
·       Member of the APS Division of Polymer Physics

Professional development activities in the 2008-2009: Visiting

Percentage of time available for research or scholarly activities: As needed 

Percentage of time committed to the program: 100% Physics
Principal publications of last five years

·       “Photo-oxidation-enhanced coupling in densely packed Cdse quantum-dot films” X. Wang, J. Zhang, A. Nazzal, and Min Xiao; Appl. Phys. Le tt. 83,162-164 (2003)

·       “Photo activated CdSe Nanocrystals as Nanosensors for Gases” A. Nazzal, L. Qu, X. Peng and M. Xiao; Nano Letters 3, 819-822 (2003)

·       “Environmental Effects on Photoluminescence of Highly Luminescent CdSe and CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Nanocrystals in Polymer Thin Films” A. Nazzal, X. Wang , L. Qu, W. Yu, Y. Wang , X. Pengand M. Xiao; J. Phys. Chem. B 108 (18), 5507-5515 (2004)

·       “Electronic Properties and Tunability in Si Quantum rings” A. Nazzal, H. Fu and L.-W. Wang; J. Appl. Phys. 98,083703 (2005)

·       “Organic-inorganic hybrid semiconductor ZnSe (C2H8N2)1/2 under hydrostatic pressure ” A. Nazzal and H. Fu; Phys. Rev. B. 72, 075202 (2005)

·       “Theoretical comparison of the size dependent electronic and optical properties in CdS and CdSe spherical nanocrsytals” A. Nazzal and H. Fu; Invited review article accepted for publication by CTN, Jul08

·       NSF (later through NSF-MRSEC program) research scholarships/grants - 2000-2007