The Department of Physics at the University of Houston is a department of the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics performing research traditional fields such as High Energy Physics and Condensed Matter Physics, Material Science, and Biological Physics, but also topics like Seismic and Medical Imaging. With its physics program, the UH physics department placed 60 (out of 160) in the 2010 United States National Research Council rankings.[3] The Department works together closely with the Texas Center for Superconductivity.


More specifically, the research at the UH's Department of Physics can be structured as[5]

  • Biological and Medical Physics: A Bensoula, S. Curran, M. Das, A. Ignatiev, J. Miller, D. Starikov. K. Bassler, M. Cheung, M. Das, G. Gunaratne, W. P. Su
  • High Energy, Medium Energy and Heavy Ion Physics: R. Bellwied, E. Hungerford, K. Lau, L. Pinsky, A. Timmins, L. Whitehead. C. Ordonez
  • Nanophysics: A. Bensoula, S. Curran, A. Freundlich, A. Ignatiev, H. Peng, D. Starikov, O. Varghese. M. Cheung
  • Seismic Physics: A. Weglein[6]
  • Renewable Energy: A. Bensoula, S. Curran, R. Forrest, A. Freundlich, V. Selvamanickam, D. Starikov, D. Stokes, O. Varghese. M. Cheung, S. Curran, A. Freundlich.
  • Planetary Science, Space Physics and Radiation Physics
  • Econophysics, Statistical and Non-Linear Physics, Complexity & Network Science: S. Curran. M. Cheung, K. Bassler, E. Brittner, G. Gunaratne, B. Hu, V. Lubchenko, J. McCauley
  • Superconductivity: Paul Chu (朱經武), C. W. Chu, W. K. Chu, P. Hor, J. Miller, S. H. Pan. K. Bassler, G. F. Reiter, W. P. Su, C. S. Ting


The department offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in physics, possibly with a geophysics specialization, and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in physics. In near future[7] there will also be a B.S. in computational physics.

In the press

Prof. Oomman Varghese and Maggie Paulose are listed on Thomson Reuters 2014 list of highly cited researchers in materials science, and also included on the list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds[8] as the UH's president Renu Khator pointed out in her Fall Address 2014.[9]

Prof. Kevin E Bassler was awarded the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship in 2014.[10] Being hired in 1998 he became tenure-track assistant professor in 2000.[11] His PhD thesis (1985-1990) was on statistical mechanics of commensurate-incommensurate phase transitions under the supervision of Robert Griffiths.[12]

Prof. Simon Charles Moss joined the physics department in 1972 performin research on the full gamut of materials from hetero- structures and multilayers to quasi-crystals and decagonal crystals using x-ray and neutron scattering as probes of order in matter. He died of a heart attack on 14 March 2011.[13]


  1. ^ "Organizational Chart of the UH Physics Department" (PDF). University of Houston. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Staff". UH Department of Physics. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Gunaratne, Gemunu. "A Message From the Chair". UH Physics Department. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Post-Doctoral Staff List". Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "UH Physics Research Structure". UH Physics Department. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Weglein, Arthur. "Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair in Physics". Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Undergraduate Studies in Physics". UH Physics Department. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Khator, Renu. "President's Fall Address 2014". University of Houston. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Faculty Awards". University of Houston. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Merkl, Lisa. "Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award". UH Today. University of Houston. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Bassler, Kevin E. "Curriculum Vita" (PDF). University of Houston, Department of Physics. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Dosch, Helmut; Long, Gabrielle G. "Simon Charles Moss". Physics Today. 64 (9): 73. doi:10.1063/PT.3.1268.