Tansel Karabacak

Tansel Karabacak, PhD
Professor & Chair

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Department of Physics and Astronomy, ETAS 300-O

2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204

501-916-5927 | txkarabacak@ualr.edu

EDUCATION:

  • PhD, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, NY (2003)
  • MS, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, NY (1999)
  • BS, Physics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1996)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • 2019 – Present Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Little Rock, AR
  • 2017 – Present Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UALR, Little Rock, AR
  • 2017 – 2019 Graduate Coordinator, Applied Science MS and Physics-PhD Programs, UALR, Little Rock, AR
  • 2014 – 2017 Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UALR, Little Rock, AR (After restructuring at UALR)
  • 2011 – 2014 Associate Professor, Department of Applied Science, UALR, Little Rock, AR
  • 2010 – 2014 Graduate Coordinator, Department of Applied Science, UALR, Little Rock, AR
  • 2006 – 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Science, UALR, Little Rock, AR
  • 2005 – 2006 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, RPI, Troy, NY
  • 2003 – 2005 Research Associate, Department of Physics, RPI, Troy, NY

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Fabrication and properties of nanostructured electrodes for energy conversion and storage applications including fuel cells, solar cells, and batteries.
  • Microstructured, nanostructured, and hierarchical superhydrophobic/superhydrophilic surfaces for applications such as anti-fogging, anti-icing, water-oil separation, condensation, water-cooling, atmospheric water generation, and anti-microbial surface applications.
  • Water treatment by photocatalytic nanostructures.
  • Growth dynamics and material properties of nanostructures by glancing angle deposition (GLAD; also named oblique angle deposition), conformal coatings by small angle deposition (SAD), SAD-GLAD core-shell nanorod arrays, and metal oxide nanostructures (MONSTRs) by hot water treatment (HWT).
  • Nanostructured and conformal thin film coatings by high pressure sputtering (HIPS).
  • HIPS-GLAD and SAD-GLAD core-shell nanorod arrays for PEM fuel cell electrocatalysts, solar cells, and photodetectors.
  • Density modulated thin films for Li-ion batteries and stress-resistant durable coatings.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • College Physics I & II
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers I & II
  • Engineering Materials
  • Micro- and Nano-Fabrication
  • Thin Film Growth
  • Grantsmanship

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