Dr. Maarij Syed specializes in semiconductor materials, magnetic materials, semiconductor optics, and microfabrication. He is currently leading independent research projects with students investigating polymer magnetism and nanoparticle magnetism. He co-leads the Independent Project/Research Opportunities Program and has presented workshops through Rose-Hulman’s Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) program, which helps elementary- and middle-school teachers integrate STEM concepts into their classes.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Notre Dame, Physics, 1998
  • BS, University of Oklahoma, Astrophysics, 1991

Awards & Honors

Publications & Presentations

  • Foulkes, T., Syed, M. and Taplin, T., “Pulsed Field Probe of Real Time Magnetization Dynamics in Magnetic Nanoparticle Systems,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 117, 17E128, 2015
  • Foulkes, T., Taplin, T. and M. Syed, “Magneto-Optic Response of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles under Pulsed and AC Fields,” Nanotech Conference, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • Foulkes, T., Taplin, T. and Syed, M., “Magneto-Optic Response of Functionalized vs. Uncoated Fe2O3 (Maghemite),” Materials Research Society Symposium, Boston, 2014
  • Syed, M. and Moore, J., “Magnetic Response of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Measured by AC Faraday Rotation,” Materials Research Society Symposium, San Francisco, 2013
  • Syed, M., Wilkerson, J., Barnett, A. and Siahmakoun, A., “Wavelength Dependent Contrast Reversal in Reflectivity of Nickel Alloy Nanofilms,” Materials Research Society Symposium, 2009
  • Siahmakoun, A., Wilkerson, J., Barnett, A. and Syed, M., “Plasmonic Effects in Nichrome Alloy Nano-Films,” European Optics Society Meeting, 2008
  • Syed, M. and Siahmakoun, A., “Magneto-Optic Effects in Doped InP,” Journal of Optical  Materials, Vol. 27, 1,629-1,636, 2005
  • Syed, M., Dobrowolska, M., Yang, G. and Furdyna, J. K., “Role of Magnetic/Non-magnetic Interfaces in Magneto-Optical Properties of Small Offset Superlattices,” Physics Review, Vol. 66,  75213, 2002
  • Syed, M. and Siahmakoun, A., "Faraday Rotation in Photorefractive Inp:Fe,” Trends in Optics and Photonics, The Optical Society, 2001
  • Syed, M., Yang, G. L., Furdyna, J. K., Dobrowolska, M. and Kossut, J., "The 2s Excitonin Intermediate Dimensionality Structures," Superlattices and Microstructures, Vol. 29, 247-250, 2001

Research Experiences

  • Magneto-optics
  • Material characterization
  • Nano particle analysis

Teaching Interests

  • Optics
  • Material science
  • Physics
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