Physics & Astronomy

Tabbetha Dobbins

Associate Professor, Biophysics Coordinator, & Associate Chair

Tabbetha Dobbins


Recent Positions:

Louisiana Tech University. Dept. of Physics and Institute for Micromanufacturing. Ruston, LA.  Associate Professor of Physics

Grambling State University. Dept. of Physics. Grambling, LA.  Associate Professor of Physics

National Institute of Standards and Technology. Ceramics Division. Gaithersburg, MD. Post-doctoral Fellow.




The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA. Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

The University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

Lincoln University. Oxford, PA. B.S. in Physics



Honors and Awards:

Recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development Award (CAREER Award) in 2009.

Recipient of the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Achievement Award in 2007.



Professional Society Memberships:

Materials Research Society (MRS)

American Ceramics Society (ACerS)

American Physical Society (APS)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Contact Information
Phone: (856)256-4366
Office: SCI 101D
Office Hours: T Th 11:am-noon


1. NaraseGowda S., Brown C.M., Tyagi M., Jenkins T.A., Dobbins T.A., "Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) Studies of Hydrogen Dynamics for Nano-Confined NaAlH4", JPCC DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b02431, (2016).

2. Wood B., Ham K., Hussey D.S., Jacobson D.L., Faridani A., Kaestner A., Vajo J.J., Liu P., Dobbins T.A., Butler L.G., "Real-Time Observation of Hydrogen Absorption by LaNi5 with Quasi-Dynamic Neutron Tomography", Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 324 pp 95-101 (2014).

3. Hu X., Duki S., Forys J., Hettinger J., Buchicchio J., Dobbins T., Yang C., "Designing Silk-silm, Protein Alloy Materials for Biomedical Applications" Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), 90, pp E50891 (2014).

4. Dobbins T., NaraseGowda S., Butler L., "Study of the Morphological Changes in MgH2 Destabilized LiBH4 Systems using Computed X-ray Microtomography", Materials (Open Access), 5[10] pp 1740-1751 (2012).

5. Dobbins T., Chevious R., Lvov Y., "The Behavior of Na+-Polystyrene Sulfonate at the Interface with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) and Its Implication to SWNT Suspension Stability", Polymers (Open Access), 3[2] pp 942-954 (2011).

6. Butler L.G., Schillinger B., Ham K., Dobbins T.A., Liu P., Vajo J.J., "Neutron Imaging of a Commercial Li-ion Battery During Discharge: Application of Monochromatic Imaging and Polychromatic Dynamic Tomography", Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 651[1] pp 320-328 (2011).

7. Hass D.D., Zhao H., Dobbins T.A., Allen A.J., Slifka A.J., Wadley H.N., "Multi-Scale Pore Morphology in Vapor-Deposited Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Coatings", Materials Science and Engineering A, 527 pp 6270-6282 (2010).

8. Narase Gowda S., Ilavsky J., Gold S.A., Dobbins T., "Ultra Small Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS) Studies of Morphological Changes in NaAlH4", Materials Challenges in Energy, Edited by Wicks G.G., Simon J., Zidan R., Lara-Curzio E., Adams T., Zayas J., Karkamkar A., Sindelar R., Garcia-Diaz B., 224 pp 51-60 (2010).

9. Dobbins T., Ukpai W., ""Kinetics of H2 Desorption from TiN-Destabilized NaAlH4"", Materials Challenges in Energy (a conference proceeding of ACerS) accepted for publication (2010).

10. Dobbins T., Abrecht M., Uprety Y., Moore K., "An X-ray Photoemission Electron Microscopy Study of the Formation of Ti-Al Phases in 4 mol % TiCl2 Catalyzed NaAlH4 during High Energy Ball Milling", Nanotechnology, 20 204014 (2009).

11. Krishnan R., Agrawal D., Dobbins T.A., "Microwave Irradiation Effects on Reversible Hydrogen Desorption in Sodium Aluminum Hydrides (NaAlH4)", Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 470 [1-2] pp 250 (2009).

12. Kamineni V., Lvov Y.M., Dobbins T.A., "Layer-by-Layer Nanoassembly Using Formamide as a Working Solvent", Langmuir 23 pp 7423-7427 (2007). 13. Dobbins T.A., Kamineni V., Lvov Y.M., "Nanoarchitecture of Protective Coatings for the Air Sensitive Metal Hydrides", Material Matters (publication of the Sigma-Aldrich Corporation), invited, (2007).

14. Dobbins, T.A., Bruster E.B., Oteri, E.U., Ilavsky J., "Ultrasmall-Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS) Studies of Morphological Trends in High Energy Milled NaAlH4 Powders", Journal of Alloys and Compounds 446-447 pp 248-254 (2007).

15. Kulkarni A., Goland A., Herman H., Alan A.J., Ilavsky J., Dobbins T., DeCarlo F., Long G.G., Fang S., Lawton P., "Advanced Neutron and X-ray Techniques for Insights into the Microstructure of EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings", Materials Science and Engineering A 426 pp 43-52 (2006).

16. Tabbetha A. Dobbins, Roland Tittsworth, Scott Speakman, Joachim Schneibel, "Synchrotron X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) for Understanding Dopant Effects in Ti-doped NaAlH4", Advanced Materials for Energy Conversion Proceedings pp 263-270 (2006).

17. Bruster E., Dobbins T.A., Tittsworth R., Anton D., "X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Ti-doped NaAlH4 at the Titanium K-edge", Materials Research Society Symposium ? Proceedings 837 paper # N3.4.1 (2005).

18. Dhullipudi R.B., Lvov Y.M., Adiddela S., Zheng Z., Gunasekaran R.A., Dobbins T.A., "Noncovalent Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes using Alternate Layer-by-Layer Polyelectrolyte Adsorption for Nanocomposite Fuel Cell Electrodes", Materials Research Society Symposium ? Proceedings 837 paper # N3.27.1 (2005).

19. Guduru M., Francis A., Dobbins T.A., "Aspects of Micro-to-Nano Scale Integration using Carbon Nanotubes", Materials Research Society Symposium ?Electronic Proceedings paper # HH13.29.1 (2005).

20. A.J. Allen, T.A. Dobbins, J. Ilavsky, F. Zhao, A. Virkar, J. Almer and F. DeCarlo, "Characterization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Layers by Computed X-ray Microtomography and Small-Angle Scattering", Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings Edited by Edgar Lara-Curzio and Michael J. Ready 25[3] pp 275-280 (2004).

21. Dobbins T.A., Allen A.J., Ilavsky J., Kulkarni A., Herman H., "Recent Developments in the Characterization of the Anisotropic Void Populations in Thermal Barrier Coatings Using Small Angle X-ray Scattering", Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings Edited by Lin H-T and Mrityunjay S. 24[3] pp 517-524 (2003).

22. Dobbins, T.A., Knight, R., Mayo, M.J., "High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (HVOF) Thermal Spray Deposited Y2O3-Stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) Coating for Thermal Barrier Applications", Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 12[2] pp 214-225 (2003).

23. Carim, A.H., Dobbins, T.A., Giannuzzi, L.A., Arenas, D.R., Koss, D.A., Mayo, M.J., "Phase Distribution in, and Origin of, Interfacial Protrusions in Ni-Cr-Al-Y/ZrO2 Thermal Barrier Coatings", Materials Science and Engineering A 334 pp 65-72 (2002).

24. Poondi D., Dobbins T.A., Singh J., "A novel laser-liquid-solid interaction technique for synthesis of silver, nickel and immiscible silver-nickel alloys from liquid precursors", Journal of Materials Science 35[24] pp 6237-6243 (2000).

25. Dobbins, T.A., Poondi D., Singh J., "Synthesis of micron and submicron nickel and nickel oxide particles by a novel laser-liquid interaction process", Journal of Materials Synthesis and Processing 7[5] pp 261-271 (1999).

26. Luzzi, D.E., Rao, G., Dobbins, T.A., Pope, D.P., "Deformation twinning at low temperatures in a Hf-V-Nb cubic laves phase", Acta Materialia 46[8] pp 2913-2927 (1998).