• Materials Research

This research area focuses on properties, characterization, and advanced technological applications of thin film and nanostructured materials. Research topics include micro- and nano-fabrication, advanced characterization techniques, solid state physics, materials for energy applications, bio-materials, multifunctional materials, smart materials, thin film coating technologies, composite materials, and materials for space exploration. Faculty involved in this area of research include Dr. Tansel Karabacak (, Dr. John Nichols (, and Dr. Grégory Guisbiers (

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  • Astrophysics

Astrophysics at UALR is divided into two categories.  The first in Extragalactic Astrophysics, Galaxy Structure and Dynamics.  The Arkansas Galaxy Evolution Survey (AGES) collaboration is involved in research in the areas of structure, morphology, and dynamics of nearby galaxies, and the dynamics of clusters of galaxies. Areas of particular interest include, the nature of central super massive black holes, the amount and distribution of dark matter in galaxies, spiral structure, and barred galaxies. We have access to large datasets including, Hubble Space Telescope archival data, Spitzer Space Telescope archival data, Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, The Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey, and the future data products of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Faculty involved in this area of research include Dr. Tony Hall ( and Dr. Miles Blanton (

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