Nikolas J. Podraza

Associate Editor


University of Toledo
Physics and Astronomy
2801 W Bancrof St
MS 111
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: +1 419 530 3708


Prof. Nikolas Podraza received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003 and 2004, respectively.  He obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toledo in 2008.  From 2008 to 2011 he was a Research Associate at the Materials Research Laboratory and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Penn State University.  In 2011 he returned to University of Toledo as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Prof. Podraza's research group is interested in film growth mechanisms and structure including studies of nucleation and growth as well as phase changes in materials; impact of phonon vibrational modes and the electronic band structures on material optical properties; electromagnetic and optical physical properties and their manipulation by structure; and device physics including photovoltaics and bolometric materials. Specific areas of interest include: use of spectroscopic ellipsometry to characterize the optical properties of solids; in situ real time spectroscopic ellipsometry to study the growth evolution of amorphous, nano-, and polycrystalline thin films; hydrogenated silicon based photovoltaic devices; hydrogenated silicon and vanadium oxide based infrared sensing microbolometers; optical properties of complex materials; and sculptured thin films.  These efforts have lead to approximately 80 journal and conference proceeding publications with a similar number of presentations at national and international conferences.