Kofi W. Adu

Assistant Professor of Physics 
Penn State Altoona

158 LRC

3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
Office: (814) 940-3335

Lab: (814) 949-5666

Fax: (814) 949-5011  

Dr. Adu is experimental condensed matter physicist with expertise in engineering advanced nanomaterials, their application in new technologies and the nanoscale physics that stem from quantum confinement phenomena in these advanced nanostructures.

Education


Ph.D., Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, May 2004.  Dissertation Title: "Synthesis and Raman scattering studies of novel semiconductor nanostructures: Si, Ge and GaAs twinning superlattice nanowires."

B.Sc., Physics, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana, December 1994. Thesis Title: "Effect of ionization of impurity centers by electric field on the conductivity of superlattice."

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RESEARCH

Welcome to my NANO-WORLD!

Dr. Aduís research focuses on synthesis of nanostructures, processing them into macro-sized objects for easy handling, structural/morphological & physical properties characterization and potential applications in the emerging nanotechnologies; mainly:

1. Using novel nanoengineering techniques to develop advanced nanomaterials (nanotubes, nanowires, carbide derived carbons and nanofibers) for green energy related applications such as,

Advanced hybrid CNT-metal composite for efficient electric energy delivery:

o Lightweight Conductor o Inductive Coil o EMI Shielding

Nanoarchitectured macrosize materials for energy systems:

o Electrochemical Capacitor o Li Ion Battery o Fuel Cell

o Thermoelectric o Photovoltaic

2. Explore and explain the fundamental nanoscale properties of nanostructures.

Current Research Activities

o Synthesis of unbundled metallic and semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes.

o Transport and thermoelectric properties of boron doped single-wall carbon nanotubes.

o Plasmonic effect in boron doped single-wall carbon nanotubes.

o Optical response of magnetically aligned Fe/Fe3O4 nanopheres-elastomer composite.


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COURSES

Fall 2010: Physics 211 - Mechanics:- Go to Angel

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