Abdel Isakovic

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Abdel Isakovic

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

Department/Office Information

Physics and Astronomy

If additionally interested, consider visiting my website www.afisakovic.com



PhD, 2003, University of Minnesota

BSc, 1996, University of Sarajevo

Course Semester
PHYS-131 Intro to Modern Physics Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2022
PHYS-233 Electromagnetism Fall 2019
PHYS-232 Mechanics Spring 2021, 2022
PHYS-205 Mathematical Methods of Physics Spring 2023
PHYS-410 Adv. Topics and Experiments (Senior Thesis) Fall 2019 (x3), Fall 2020 (x1), Fall 2022 (x3)
PHYS-453 Solid State Physics Spring 2022
PHYS-451 Computational Physics Fall 2022
CORE-122 Life in Universe (General Science course) Spring 2021, Spring 2023
MATH-482 Spec. Topics and Research (Senior Thesis) Fall 2021
PHYS-111 Fundamentals of Physics I (Mechanics, Fluids, Thermal Physics) for pre-med, nursing, biology majors Fall 2021
PYS-112 Fundamentals of Physics II (E&M, Optics and Modern Physics) for pre-med, nursing, biology majors Spring 2020
PHYS-291,-391,-491 (Ind. studies, 10 diff. topics) Spring 2020 - Fall 2022


Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Physics,  Biophysics,  Applied Computer Science,  and Education Methods Research

My research relies on a combination of experimental and computational methods. 

Spintronics, charge and spin density waves, X-ray optics, graphene oxide, cells on a chip, molecules on a chip (for sensors), network science, evolutionary computing, nanoscience, nanofabrication, complexity science, research-based instruction strategies, innovation and entrepreneurship for students, data analysis, multivariate statistics, machine learning. 

Jul 2019 - present - visiting faculty,  Colgate University

Sep 2018 - Jun 2019 - visiting scientist, Cornell University

Jan 2010 - Aug 2018 - Assoc. Prof. of Physics,  KUST, Abu Dhabi (promoted 2014)

Jan 2017 - Aug 2018 - Assoc. Dean for Research (Interim), College of Sciences and Arts, KUST, Abu Dhabi

Oct 2011 - Jun 2017 - Faculty Coordinator for Core Nanocharacterization Facilities, KUST, Abu Dhabi

Dec 2006 - Nov 2009 - Postdoctoral Research Scientist, NSLS and CFN, Brookhaven National Lab, NY

Jun 2007 - May 2009 - Secretary of User Executive Committee, NSLS and CFN, BNL, NY

Sep 2003 - Dec 2006 - Postdoctoral Research Assoc., LASSP, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Jan 2006 - Dec 2006 - Lecturer, Physics Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Some recent publications (Colgate undergraduate students highlighted) 

59. K. Eledlebi, D. Ruta, H. Hildmann, F. Saffre, Y. Al-Hammadi, A. F. Isakovic, “Coverage and Energy Analysis of Mobile Sensor Nodes in Obstructed Noisy Indoor Environment: A Voronoi Approach”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 21, 2745 (2022), DOI: 10.1109/TMC.2020.3046184

58. N. S. DiBrita, K. Eledlebi, H. Hildmann, L. Culley, A. F. Isakovic, “Temporal Graphs and Temporal Network   Characteristics for Bio-Inspired Networks During Optimization”, Applied Sciences 12(3), 1315 (2022) https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031315

57. N. G. Hallfors, J. C. M. Teo, P. M. Bertone, C. P. Joshi, A. Orozaliev, M. N. Martin, A. F. Isakovic,
“Electrodeformation of White Blood Cells Enriched with Gold Nanoparticles”, Processes 10(1), 134 (2022).  https://doi.org/10.3390/pr10010134

56. A. Belkadi, E. Zeng, A. F. Isakovic, “Ni3Si2 Nanowires for Efficient Electron Field Emission and Limitations of Fowler-Nordheim Model”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 40, 013202 (2022).  https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0001248

55. A. R. Devarajan, Y.-C. Kim, A. F. Isakovic, D. L. Gater, “Effect of Cholecalciferol of Unsaturated Model
Membranes”, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 235, 105058 (2021)  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2021.105058

54. T. Alkhidir, M. Abi Jaoude, D. L. Gater, C. Alpha, A. F. Isakovic, “Detection of Some Amino Acids with
Modulation-Doped and Surface-Nanoengineered GaAs Schottky P-I-N Diodes”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 38, 054002 (2020); https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0000186

Below is a summary of my funding prior to joining Colgate University

(about US$1.2M, US$650k as the PI, and US$550k as a co-PI)

  1. Selected Grants as Principal Investigator:
    1. Tunable Graphene Oxide as a Probe of Biosignals (SRC-Mubadala, US$170k)
    2. Spintronics Microfluidics Device for micro MRI (ADEC-A2RE, US$93k)
    3. Minimization of Energy Losses in MTJ-based STT-MRAM Memory Switches (SRC, US$205k)
    4. All Optical Quantum Random Number Generator Based on Spin Noise in Semiconductor Heterostructures (KURIF-L1, US$54k)
    5. End and Side Contacts for Nanowires and Quasi-1D/2D Materials for Minimization of Energy Losses (SRC-ATIC, US$280k)
  2. Selected Grants as co-PI (15 - 20% contribution):
    1. Biologically Inspired Self Organizing Services, US$578k
    2. Vitamin D and Liposome Systems - Characterization, US$130k
    3. 2D Self-Assembly of Metallic Nanoparticles on Liquid Droplets, US$340k
    4. Quantum Engineering for Networks, US$290k  
  3. Grants in kind (access to nanofabrication and beamlines at US National Laboratories)

I have won close to 3 months of access to User Facilities at National Laboratories, such as BNL-NSLS/NSLS-II, BNL-CFN, ANL-APS.