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Featured Faculty: Sam Lofland

Sam Lofland along with Jeff Hettinger (Physics), K. Ramanujachary (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Amos Mugweru (Chemistry and Biochemistry), and Paris Von Lockette (Mechanical Engineering) were awarded an NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant for $263,000 for a four-circle x-ray diffractometer.  The instrument is designed to investigate the structure of materials and will be utilized by students in a wide research efforts, ranging from new thin film protective coatings to the development of novel drug therapies to the investigation of nanoparticles with enhanced properties.  In addition, it will be utilized extensively in various classes and will serve as a tool to educate and train the next generation of scientists and engineers.


Sam Lofland completed his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in condensed matter physics in 1995, and he joined Rowan University in 1998.  He is a member of the University of Maryland NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Rowan University Award for Excellence in Research in 2007.  He is the advisor to Rowan's chapter of the Society of Physics Students, garnering the Advisor of the Year award from the national office in 2008. His research interests include magnetism, superconductivity, thin-film technology, multifunctional composites, and bio-imaging. He has published more than 150 papers, most of which have undergraduate coauthors, and his research students have gone on to pursue doctorates in physics, math, engineering, chemistry, and biochemistry.