Darin T. Zimmerman

Associate Dean for Research

Professor of Physics 
Penn State Altoona

W110C Smith Building

3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
Office: (814) 949-5746

Lab: (814) 949-5666

Fax: (814) 949-5606  



Ph.D., Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, June 1997.  Dissertation title: "Vibrational Spectroscopy of Adsorbed Molecules Using Self-Assembling Tunnel Junctions."

B.S., Physics, University of California, Irvine, CA, June 1990.


Physics 001 - Conceptual Physics

Physics 097 - Special Topics 

Physics 101 - Physical Science 

Physics 211 - Mechanics Syllabus
Physics 212 - Electricity and Magnetism Syllabus
Physics 213 - Fluids, Waves, and Thermal Physics Syllabus
Physics 214 - Optics and Modern Physics Syllabus
Physics 237 - Modern Physics Syllabus

Physics 250 - Introductory Physics I Syllabus

Physics 251 - Introductory Physics II Syllabus

Physics 419 - Theoretical Mechanics Syllabus

curriculum vitae

curriculum vitae

research interests

Nanoscale Devices Supported by National Science Foundation: ECCS 1231313


Plasmonics, nanophotonics, optical rectification, and nanodevices [J. Nanophoton. 10(2), 026024 (2016)]


Nanomaterials Supported by National Science Foundation: RUI-CBET 0755696


Nanowire-based magnetorheological fluids (MRFs)  [Smart Mater. Struct. 17, 015028 (2008)]
Magnetorheological elastomers (MREs)

Electromagnetic and mechanical properties of magnetic nanowires

Percolation phenomena in MRFs  [Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 014102 (2009)]


Microwave Physics  Supported by National Science Foundation: RUI-DMR 0406584


Heating and sintering of powdered metals  [J. Appl. Phys. 101, 074906 (2007)]

Electromagnetic Properties of Materials
Percolation phenomena  [Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 214103 (2008)]


Condensed Matter Physics  Supported by National Science Foundation: RUI-DMR 0072148
  Inelastic Electron Tunneling (slideshow ~5MB)  [J. Appl. Phys. 75, 2500 (1999)]
Low Temperature Phenomena 
Quantum Devices  [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 72, 1781 (2001)]


American Physical Society UC Irvine Physics Department
Materials Research Institute Astronomy Picture of the Day
American Association of Physics Teachers Student opinions about my teaching
Texas A&M University Physics Department Research and Sponsored Programs (PSA)
Office of Sponsored Programs (UP)