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Rob Nichol

  • 2041 College Rd
    Columbus, OH 43210


Robert is currently focusing on his core coursework and is involved in several small interdisciplinary projects that span the sciences.  His interests lie in analytical techniques for materials characterization; more specifically, he is specializing in analytical electron microscopy techniques such as EDX and EELS.  He is currently undergoing rigorous training in scanning and transmission electron microscopy as well as sample preparation techniques that utilize the precision of the Helios 600 FIB.  In addition to experiment, Robert is familiar with both Fortran and Matlab programming and is currently learning to employ Linear Augmented Plane Wave (LAPW) Density Functional Theory (DFT) based simulations to compliment experiment. His previous research includes:

  • Assembling and programming a PMT-PC interface for photon counting experiments.
  • Computational techniques for analyzing the piezoelectric effect in ferroelectric materials as a function of time, temperature, electric field, and surface screening.
  • Computational modeling of crystal structures, dipole moments, ELNES, DOS, and Fermi-surfaces. A few programs utilized were Jmol, XCrySDen, VESTA and WIEN2k

Robert is currently enjoying a very exciting collaboration with the Ohio State University School of Dentistry. Robert enjoys all things new and unchartered and is always open to collaborative opportunities across departmental barriers.