Dr. Amjad Nazzal


Associate Professor and Co Chair
Math Physics and Computer Science

Stark Learning Center Room 232
(570) 408-3276

Degrees with fields, institution, and date

  • PhD | Physics | University of Arkansas | 2004
  • MSc | Physics | Yarmouk University-Jordan | 1995
  • BSc | 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:


Percentage of time available for research or scholarly activities:

As needed

Percentage of time committed to the program:

100% Physics
  • “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