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Dr. Lilia M. Woods
Professor and Associate Chair,
Department of Physics, University of South Florida,
4202 E Fowler Ave, ISA 2019, Tampa, FL 33620

Office: (813) 974-2862
Grad Students Lab: (813) 974-8489
Fax: (813) 974-5813

Awards and Recognition:
- APS Fellow, elected 2017
- APS Woman Physicist of the Month, June 2017
- Jewell Excellence Award, 2016
- Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), since 2015
- Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 2015
- Hosted Fulbright Scholar, 2013/2014
- NRC-NRL Director's funded Postdoctoral Position, 2001-2003



Dr. Adrian Popescu
Postdoctoral Researcher

Adrian joined our group in the Fall of 2017. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of South Florida. His research expertise spans contemporary analytical and computational methods in condensed matter physics. Adrian has developed a computational tool based on Wannier Functions interface with large scale simulation codes for the calculation of band structure characteristics and response properties. His current interests are in magnetism, fluctuation-induced interactions, and thermoelectricity in novel materials, including systems with topologically nontrivial features and nanostructures.




Artem KhabibullinnArtem Khabibullin
PhD Candidate

Artem joined our group in the Spring of 2011. He came from Kazan Federal University in Russia with a Master's degree in theoretical physics. Artem's previous research was devoted to applying different theoretical models to calculate the Casimir effect in non-trivial topological boundary conditions. Currently, Artem is interested in applications of first principles simulations methods in bulk and nanostructured. His PhD studies are focused on modeling of thermoelectrics materials.


Troy StedmanTroy Stedman
PhD Candidate

Troy obtained a B.S. Degree in Physics from Boston University. He joined USF and our research group in the Summer of 2012. His areas of interest are Casimir and van der Waals interactuions calculations and related properties. He is also involved in theoretical/computational investigations of thermoelectric transport properties. He is especially interested in understanding interface characteristics to control thermoelectric transport in polymer/nanostructured composites and two-component systems. Troy successfully defended his Master's Thesis in March, 2015 and he is continuing towards a PhD degeree.



Wencong (Michael) ShiTroy Stedman
PhD Student

Michael Shi obtained a B.S. Degree in Engineering Mechanics and a Master's Degree in Solid Mechanics from Central South University in China. He joined the USF Physics Department in the Fall of 2016. He is currently focusing on computational methods to study novel properties of 2D materials. Michael is also interested in studying heat conduction and acoustic flow by applying transformation optics techniques in order to design metamaterials with targeted applications.



Past Members and Alumni

  • Dr. Pablo Rodriguez-Lopez (Postdoc, 2015-2017)
  • Dr. David Drosdoff (Postdoc, 2010-205)
  • Nam B. Le, PhD (2016); PhD Thesis: "Structure-Interaction Effects in Novel Nanostructured Materials"
  • Troy Stedman, Master's (2015); Master's Thesis: "Thermoelectric Transport in Doped Conjugated Polymers: Thermal Fluctuations Tunneling"
  • Anh D. Phan, Master's (2012); Master's Thesis: "Graphene Casimir Interactions and Some Possible Applications"
  • Adrian Popescu, PhD (2011); PhD Thesis: "Carbon Nanotube Interactions: Theory and Applications"
  • Jakub Pritz, PhD (2011); PhD Thesis: "Dosimetric Evaluation of Prostate Brachytherapy using Single Isotope and Hybrid Seeds"
  • Yaroslav Shtogun, PhD (2010); PhD Thesis: "Properties of Carbon Nanotubes under External Factors: Adsorption, Mechanical Deformations, Defects, and External Electric Fileds"
  • Kevin Tatur, PhD (2009); PhD Thesis: "Theoretical Studies of Long-Ranged Interactions in Quasi-One Dimensional Cylindrical Structures"
  • Jakub Pritz, Master's (2008); Master's Thesis: "Electromagnetic Modes in Cylindrical Structures"

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