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College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Center for Materials Research

Welcome from the Interim Director

Dr. George E. Miller

Dr. MillerMaterials Science is a highly interdisciplinary field based on perspectives from physics, chemistry, electronics, optics and biology. The Center for Materials Research (CMR) at NSU conducts pioneering research in materials science and engineering and provides graduate education on the master’s and doctoral levels. CMR research falls into four categories: Optics, Plasmonics and Metamaterials; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology; Advanced Functional Materials and Devices; and Semiconductor Materials and Devices. CMR researchers seek to understand fundamental science and develop new solutions for technical challenges. Through cutting-edge research endeavors, internationally known faculty and working relationships with Research I institutions, national laboratories and the private sector, CMR students emerge equipped and trained in the synthesis and characterization of new materials and the development of innovative devices.


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Mikhail A. Noginov Receives 2015 Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist Award


Dr. Noginov Dr. Mikhail A. Noginov was among the 2015 Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award recipients selected by Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Science Museum of Virginia. Dr. Noginov is a professor and researcher in the Department of Physics and the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University. He is credited for his vanguard research in the areas of metamaterials, nanoplasmonics, random lasers, solid-state laser materials and nonlinear optics. His breakthrough contributions to the research of plasmonics include the demonstration of the compensation of surface plasmon loss by optical gain, stimulated emission of surface plasmon polaritons and demonstration of the smallest plasmonic-based nanolaser. He is also a leader in exploring metamaterials with hyperbolic dispersion. Dr. Noginov has authored three books, six book chapters and nearly 400 publications and presentations, including 135 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Dr. Noginov also received recognition from the SPIE International Society for Photonics and Optics. He was promoted from Member of the Society to Fellow, one of 58 international members honored with this recognition in 2015. Past accolades include selection as the 2010-2011 Norfolk State University Eminent Scholar and the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Meta-PREM Project (Partnership for Research and Education in Materials), a research, education and outreach collaboration involving Norfolk State, Cornell, Purdue and University of Michigan.
Dr. Noginov received his Outstanding Scientist award at a presentation within the Science Museum of Virginia on April 2, 2015.
Click Here to see the video about Dr. Noginov that was shown at the awards presentation.


Dr. Pradhan Receives SCHEV’s Outstanding Faculty Award


Dr. PradhanDr. Aswini Pradhan, professor of engineering, is among the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Awards presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Resources. The Outstanding Faculty Award is the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities and recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Dr. Pradhan joined Norfolk State University in 2003 at the Center for Materials Research and Department of Optical Engineering in 2007. He is a leading scientist in the field of next-generation novel nanomaterials for energy, innovative electronics, and optics as well as biomedical applications.

During Dr. Pradhan’s last ten years at Norfolk State University (NSU), he has made outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service and received NSU’s distinguished faculty award in scholarship in 2010. In 2011, he received the prestigious S. Chandra Sekhar Award for Excellence in Science and Technology by the Government of Orissa, India. Aligned with NSU’s mission and vision, he has not only established a premier research group and facilities at NSU, but also provided numerous research experiences for students from high school to doctoral level.

Dr. Pradhan has been the Principal Investigator and Director of two Center of Excellence projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-Center for Nano- and Bio-inspired Materials & Devices), and the Department of Defense (DoD-Center of Excellence for Advanced Nanomaterials & Devices) totaling $10 million, and PI and Co-PI on grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and industries, such as Intel Corp, totaling about $11 million. He has secured total grant funds close to $21 million.



Student Spotlight

Rabia Photo Rabia Hussain, PhD candidate in the Center for Materials Research (advisor Dr. Natalia Noginova), was selected as a finalist in the prestigious “Emil Wolf 2013 Outstanding Student Paper Competition” for the Frontiers in Optics (FiO)-2013 conference. This competition recognizes the innovation, research excellence and presentation skills of students.


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Norfolk, VA 23504

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