Dr. Himanshu Verma

Title: Assistant Professor, Physics
Department: Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences
Email: himanshu.verma@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4939
Office Location: 133 College of Sciences and Technology Building

Education:

Ph.D. University of South Florida

Specialization:

Experimental physics, nanophysics, atomic force microscopy, physics education research

Bio:

Dr. Verma explores magnetic properties of nanocomposites utilizing various surface characterization tools, such as Atomic Force Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Magnetic Force Microscope, Tunnelling Electron Microscopes, X-ray Diffractometer, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer to name a few. The nanocomposites, in particular he is interested in, are composites of “transition metal oxides” and “graphene/carbon-nanotubes”. Ferromagnetic nanopowder is synthesized with these carbon allotropes which is further subjected to rigorous materials characterization. Dr. Verma’s research also expands to the nanotribological properties of polymers, polystyrene in particular. Polystyrene beads are deposited onto a surface modified substrate utilizing silane chemistry. Force spectroscopy helps precisely understand the rolling/sliding behavior of these micro-beads at the nanoscale.

Courses:

PHYS 101 – Basic Physics I
PHYS 102 – Basic Physics II
PHYS 201 — General Physics I
PHYS 203 — General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 202 — General Physics II
PHYS 204 — General Physics Laboratory II
PHSC 407 – Honors Colloquium