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.


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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Controlling and tuning the diameter and intrinsic properties of nanotructures require a fundamental understanding of the growth mechanism. Dr. Adu explores different novel synthesis techniques (chemical vapor deposition, arc discharge and pulsed laser vaporization) to tailor the physical and structural/morphological properties of nanostructures (nanotubes, nanowires, carbide derived carbons and nanofibers) for different applications.

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