Condensed Matter Research

The Physics Materials and Nano-Science (PMNS) Lab

Mission

The mission of the Physics Materials Nano-Science (PMNS) Lab is to serve as the hub of research in materials and nano-science in the Colleges of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering, College of Natural Sciences and Pharmacy at SDSU. Specific aims of the PMNS lab is to promote interdisciplinary research in materials and nano-science in the state of South Dakota, to provide hands-on research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in the relevant scientific and engineering disciplines, and to contribute to advance in materials and nano-science.

Faculty

Yung Huh, DEH 255
Parashu Kharel, DEH 163

Lab Facilities (SCEH 350)

The facilities in the PMNS lab include: Materials Preparation - two sputtering systems to fabricate multi-layered thin film structures; X-ray structural characterization; Thermal treatment under controlled environment in ultra-high vacuum; Electrical and Magnetic properties characterization in 50 K – 1000 K; Optical property characterization.

Grants

Parashu Kharel

Internal to SDSU

  • Title: Effect of Co doping on the structural, magnetic and electron transport properties of Mn2PtSn Heusler alloy
    • Granting Agency: Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU (Dissemination)
    • Award start and end date: 11/1/2013 and 6/30/ 2014
    • Total project funding award: $1500
  • Title: Research Experience for Physics Undergraduates on Novel Magnetic Materials
    • Granting Agency: Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU
    • Award start and end date: 11/1/2014 and 6/30/ 2015
    • Total project funding award: $5,550
  • Title: Structural, Magnetic and Electron Transport Properties of Rapidly Quenched CoFeCrAl Nanostructures
    • Granting Agency: Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU (Dissemination)
    • Award start and end date: 11/1/2014 and 6/30/ 2015
    • Total project funding award: $1500
  • Title: Structural and magnetic properties of CoFeCrSi Heusler alloy
    • Granting Agency: Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU (Dissemination)
    • Award start and end date: 11/1/2015 and 6/30/ 2016
    • Total project funding award: $1500
  • Title: Experimental investigation of spin gapless semiconducting materials
    • Granting Agency: Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU
    • Award start and end date: 11/1/2015 and 6/30/ 2016
    • Total project funding award: $2,650
  • Title: Effect of disorder in the structural and magnetic properties of spin-gapless semiconducting Heusler alloys
    • Granting Agency: Office of Research Assurance and Sponsored Programs, SDSU
    • Award start and end date: 04/1/2016 and 03/31/ 2017
    • Total project funding award: $2,150
  • Title: Effect of Fe Substitution for Ti on the Structural, Magnetic and Electronic Band Properties of Half-metallic Co2TiSi
    • Granting Agency: Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU (Dissemination)
    • Award start and end date: 11/1/2016 and 6/30/ 2017
    • Total project funding award: $2,040

External to SDSU

  • Title: Acquisition of a Transmission Electron Microscope
    • PI: Zhengrong Gu; Technical Support: Parashu Kharel
    • Granting Agency: NSF
    • Award start and end date: 09/2014-08/2017
    • Total project funding award: $1,210,576
  • Title: NSF-MRSEC summer research program
    • Granting Agency: NSF/Nebraska MRSEC
    • Award start and end date: 06/2014-08/2014
    • Total project funding award: $20,000
  • Title: Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) summer research program
    • Granting Agency: NCMN through ARO grant
    • Award start and end date: 06/2015-08/2015
    • Total project funding award: $14,000
  • Title: NSF-NNCI funded Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF), Professor/Student Pair Summer Research program
    • Granting Agency: NSF/NNF
    • Award start and end date: 06/2016-08/2016
    • Total project funding award: $20,000
  • Title: NSF-NNCI funded Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF), Professor/Student Pair Summer Research program
    • Granting Agency: NSF/NNF
    • Award start and end date: 06/2017-08/2017
    • Total project funding award: $15,000