Scientists working in applied physics are aiming to have the results of their research be used toward developing new materials or technologies. It is often considered to be a bridge between "pure" physics and another branch of science, such as engineering.
Many applied physicists are conducting research that also falls under another area, such as biophysics or condensed matter and material physics.
Faculty and research
The research in Jeff Dahn's lab focuses on developing new materials for advanced lithium-ion batteries and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Such devices will be crucial in the next few years, as demand for electric vehicles and storage capacity for renewable energy (solar and wind) increases in the next decade.
Kimberley Hall's research group uses femtosecond lasers to investigate charge and spin dynamics in semiconductor materials. The broad objective of this research is to develop new semiconductor technologies, including spintronic devices and a solid state quantum computer using semiconductor quantum dots.
In Ian Hill's research lab, students and researchers work on developing materials for new solar cell technologies, including organic, hybrid organic/inorganic, and dye-sensitized solar cells, as well as organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) and thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Dr. Hill's lab is one of many in the Department that is part of the Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability (DREAMS) program, part of NSERC's CREATE program.
Harm Rotermund (Chair)
The aim of the research done by Harm Rotermund and his group involves a detailed, quantitative investigation of pattern formation during catalytic surface reactions. Not only does the group focus on imaging pattern formation, it is also trying to control such formations in simple reactions like CO-oxidation on platinum. The imaging tools developed are also used for in situ pitting corrosion studies of stainless steels in salt water as electrolyte. Rotermund's group is also part of the DREAMS program.
Michael Robertson (Adjunct)
Dr. Michael Robertson's primary research interest is in developing the nanoscience framework necessary for the characterization and inter-relation of the physical, electronic and optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures. The primary experimental tools for this research are the transmission and scanning electron microscopes and, theoretically, the Beowulf parallel computing cluster.
Jürgen Kreuzer (Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Jürgen Kreuzer's research has involved four main areas: theoretical investigations of surfaces processes, polymer physics, field-induced chemistry at surfaces, and digital in-line holography.