College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Tansel Karabacak, an associate professor in Physics and Astronomy, is an internationally known expert in the glancing angle deposition (GLAD) method to fabricate nanostructured metals, alloys, oxides, and semiconductors.
Shortly after joining UA Little Rock, Karaback created a new thin films and nanostructure laboratory, which utilizes state of the art fabrication and testing equipment and computational tools for analysis and modeling studies. The most impressive part of the laboratory is most of the equipment was constructed by Karaback and his team because of the specific requirements for the research.
Karaback has also collaborated with many students and colleagues. He has established collaboration with about 20 faculty members and about 55 national and international researchers outside UA Little Rock. He has also had projects with 10 companies and built connections with about 20 project managers from federal funding agencies. Karaback has also worked with four postdoctoral research associates, 19 graduate students, and about 20 middle and high schools students. Seven of the Ph.D. students and one MS student have graduated with a strong record of publication.
Karaback has managed several research projects and contributed 83 journal papers, 39 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, two book chapters, and two patent disclosures. He has also presented or co-authored about 175 invited talks and conference presentations. His papers have been published in journals such as Advanced Materials, American Chemical Society Nano, and Physical Review Letters.
Karabacak has Ph.D. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor’s degree from the Middle East Technical University.