Dr. Mohammad A. Islam

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

LeBow 341
(215) 713-8035


  • Columbia University, New York: Ph. D. in Applied Physics, 2003.
    Dissertation: "Electrophoretic Deposition of Multifunctional Nanocrystal Films".
  • Columbia University, New York: M. Sc. Applied Physics, 2000.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Texas: B.S. in Physics, 1997.
    High Honors, Special Honors: Physics. Cumulative G.P.A: 3.86.

Academic and Professional Appointments

  • 2011 – Present: Research Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University.
  • 2010: Visiting Scientist: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University.
  • 2008: Visiting Scientist: Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University.
  • 2005 – 2011: Assistant Professor (2011, Tenured): Department of Physics, American University of Sharjah (AUS.Edu), United Arab Emirates – Dubai.
  • 2003 – 2005: Postdoc Researcher: Department of Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1997–2003: Graduate Student Researcher: Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University.

Research Areas

  • Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots (NQD) Synthesis.
  • Electrophoretic Deposition of Nanomaterials (patented).
  • Li-Ion Battery using Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots.
  • Solar Cell Applications of Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots.
  • Nanoionics and Applications in Fuel Cells.
  • ABO3 Perovskites: Bulk and Superlattices.
  • Raman Spectroscopy.
  • Photoluminescence.
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.
  • Group Theory in Spectroscopy.

Selected Memberships & Service

  • American Physical Society (APS).
  • Material Research Society (MRS).
  • Institute of Physics, London, Serving as Referee for Nanotechnology and Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter journals.

Publications & Talks

  • 18 peer-reviewed archival journal publications.
  • 19 conference talks since 1997.

Former advised students

  • >10 undergraduate students: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Fellows.
  • 2 High School Teachers: NSF Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Fellows.
  • 2 Graduate students.

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