J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Professor Thibado's primary research interests are to study the physical properties of novel two-dimensional systems, including pristine freestanding graphene and chemically-functionalized graphene. Specific interests are the electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, spin-dependent tunneling, and transport properties. To achieve this, he has developed state-of-the-art tools for atomic-scale characterization like scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), electrostatic manipulation STM (EM-STM), low-temperature STM (LT-STM), and two-tip STM.
Professor Thibado is a leader in developing student polling systems (i.e., clickers). He has serveral patents in this area, he founded and sold a company developing clicker hardware and software (www.h-itt.com).
MATH METHODS FOR PHYSICS (PHYS 5073)
EXPERIMENT & DATA ANALYSIS (PHYS 5263L)
MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY (PHYS 360VL & 462VL)
Ph.D. Physics, 1994
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
B.S. Physics, 1990
B.S. Mathematics, 1990
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
M.L. Ackerman, P. Kumar, M. Neek-Amal, P.M. Thibado, F.M. Peeters, and S.P. Singh;
“Anomalous Dynamical Behavior of Freestanding Graphene Membranes”;
Phys. Rev. Lett., 117 126801 (2016).
M. Neek-Amal, P. Xu, J. K. Schoelz, M. L. Ackerman, S. D. Barber, P.M. Thibado, A. Sadeghi and F. M. Peeters;
“Thermal mirror buckling in freestanding graphene locally controlled by scanning tunneling microscopy”;
Nature Communications 5, 4962 (2014).
P. Xu, M. Neek-Amal, S.D. Barber, J.K. Schoelz, M.L. Ackerman, P.M. Thibado, A. Sadeghi, and F.M. Peeters;
“Unusual Ultra-Low Frequency Fluctuations in Freestanding Graphene”
Nature Communications 5, 3720 (2014).
As chair of the local organizing committee, Professor Thibado helped the Unviersity of Arkasnas host the 76th annual Physical Electroncis Conference: http://www.uark.edu/ua/pec76/
NSF CAREER Awardee
NRC Post-doctoral Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, 1994-96
Five patents awarded by USPTO
Master Researcher Award, Fulbright College, 2014
Post-doc, Dr. Vince LaBella, Elected APS Fellow (clicker development), 2014