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Research in physics at UC Merced

UC Merced features interdisciplinary research, connecting physics research to chemistry, life sciences and engineering. Our collaborative faculty work with students on a broad range of research topics.


Atomic Molecular &
Optical Physics

Biological and Soft Matter Physics

Biological &
Soft Matter Physics

Nanoscience and Condensed Matter Physics

Nanoscience &
Condensed Matter Physics

Solar and Energy Sciences

Solar & Energy Sciences

Astrophysics and Astronomy

Astrophysics & Astronomy



















* Emeritus faculty


Affiliate Faculty

The physics group also includes affiliate faculty from other UC Merced graduate groups. Physics students may also carry out their physics graduate research with these groups.
  • Mehmet Z. Baykara: tribology and surface science (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Sarah Kurtz: solar energy (Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering)
  • Jennifer Lu: functional material synthesis (Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering)
  • Victor Muñoz: biophysics (Bioengineering)
  • Alex Noy: biomaterials (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
  • Anand Subramaniam: biomaterials (Bioengineering)
  • Tao Ye: bio/nano interfaces (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Theory (primarily):

Centers, Institutes and Resources