Parks Faculty

Martin Nikolo, Ph.D.,<br/>Associate Professor

Martin Nikolo, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Phone:
314-977-2530
Education:

Ph.D. in Physics
University of Colorado

M.S. in Physics
University of Colorado

M.E. in Engineering Physics
University of Virginia

B.S. in Physics
University of Virginia

Employment  22 years at SLU

  • Tenured Associate Professor, Physics Department, Saint Louis University – 1996 to present.
  • Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Saint Louis University – 1991 to 1996.
  • Summer Visiting Research Faculty, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, Superconductivity group, 1998.
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Solar Energy Research Institute (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Golden, Colorado, Superconductivity group, 1990 to 1991.
  • Graduate Student Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, Colorado, 1987 to 1990. I worked with 2012 Nobel Prize winner David Wineland.
  • Teaching Assistant to the 2001 Nobel Prize winner for physics, Prof. Carl E. Wieman, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1987.

Honors and Awards

  • 1994 St. Louis University Young Researcher Award - This a university-wide award presented by the president of St. Louis University, Fr. Biondi, for exemplary efforts in securing external funding.
  • Mark Missey and Martin Nikolo, 1992 student/faculty winner of the prestigious $2500 Council on Undergraduate Research Fellowship. One of 15 winners out of 160 student/faculty proposals from around the country.
  • Stephen Braun and Martin Nikolo, 1995 student/faculty winner of the prestigious $2500 Council on Undergraduate Research Fellowship. One of 15 winners out of over 200 student/faculty proposals from around the country.
  • Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia. Generally top 5% based on academic and extracurricular activities.
  • Thomas Jefferson and Literary Debating Society of the University of Virginia. Selective membership.

National and International Recognition

  • Dr. Nikolo’s citation index shows his work cited in 247 journal papers around the world.
  • Referee for several scientific journals such as for Physica C, IEEE, and American Journal of Physics.
  • Three invitations to the prestigious Gordon Research Conferences held in Oxnard, CA, 1993 and Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 1995 and 2013. This is an expression of professional recognition by internationally renowned scientists.
  • Dr. Nikolo has given talks in places ranging from Oxford University and Imperial College in England to NATO conferences in Germany and CSIRO (Australian government laboratory) in Sydney, Australia.

 

Grants

  •  $10,000. Start-up fund, 1991. For an experimental physicist, this was a very challenging start.
  • $3,000. Beaumont Fund, 1992.
  • $2,600. Summer Research Grant, 1992.
  • $11,000. Kresge Fund, 1993.
  • $3,000. Beaumont Fund, 1993.
  • $44,650. Research Corporation, 1994.
  • $13,000. APD Cryogenics, 1994.

Dr. Nikolo has written two winning laboratory research proposals for lab time at the state of the art National High Field Magnet Laboratory (NHFML) in Tallahassee, FL, which houses the world’s strongest and biggest magnets. I conducted there two very successful sets of measurements during 2011 and 2012:

  1. 2011 U. S. Department of Energy, National High Field Magnet Lab, magnet time grant. Winner of competitive worldwide proposal selection (most proposals placed by top research groups such as MIT, Brown, Yale, etc).
  2. 2012 U. S. Department of Energy, National High Field Magnet Lab, magnet time grant. Winner of competitive worldwide proposal selection.

Results of the measurements will be published during 2013/2014. I note that co-authors J. Jiang, J.D. Weiss, and E.E. Hellstrom are recognized as world leaders in fabrication of the new iron based superconductors as I found out during the ASC conference in Portland. The leading Chinese researchers were repeatedly referring to the FSU group as their primary competition. I feel fortunate, they chose to be co-authors on my coming publications.

Below is a list of Martin Nikolo’s selected publications. For a more information on each publication, please visit the Parks College Publication Database.

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Nikolo, M., Shi, X., Jiang, J., Weiss, J.D., and Hellstrom, E.E., “Vortex glass transition in pnictide superconductors”, manuscript in preparation.
  • Nikolo, M., Shi, X., Jiang, J., Weiss, J.D., and Hellstrom, E.E. “Transport measurements and flux creep activation energies in pnictide superconductors”, manuscript in preparation.
  • Nikolo, M., Shi, X., Jiang, J., Weiss, J.D., and Hellstrom, E.E., “Flux dynamics in pnictide superconductors”, manuscript in preparation.
  • Nikolo, M., Stacey, L.M. and Missey, M.J., “Induced voltage magnetization waveforms and the spectral response at the grain boundaries of YBCO superconductors and the Critical State Model”, Solid State Communications, 94, 997 (1995). DOI: 10.1016/0038-1098(95)00097-6
  • Nikolo, M., “Superconductivity: A guide to alternating current susceptibility measurements and alternating current susceptibility design,” American Journal of Physics, 63, 57 (1995). DOI: 10.1119/1.17770
  • Nikolo, M. and Missey, M.J., “Frequency dependent flux dynamics: Flux creep and ac susceptibility,” Fourth Nordic Symposium on Superconductivity, May 25-28, 1994, Varberg, Sweden, 59, published by Chalmers University of Technology, and Goteborg University (1994).
  • Nikolo, M. and Missey, M.J., “Frequency dependent flux dynamics: Flux creep hopping rate via ac susceptibility,” Physica C, 235-240, 2899 (1994). DOI: 10.1016/0921-4534(94)90976-8
  • Nikolo, M., “Intergranular activation energies in Y1Ba2Cu3O7 bulk superconductors - II,” Applied Physics Communications 13 #2 (1994).
  • Nikolo, M., Stacey, L.M., and Missey, M.J., “Frequency and magnetic field dependence of the ac susceptibility peak in Y1Ba2Cu3O7,” Applied Physics Communications13, #1 (1994).
  • Nikolo, M., “Intergranular activation energies in Y1Ba2Cu3O7 bulk superconductors,” Physica B 194-196, 2129 (1994).
  • Nikolo, M., Stacey, L.M., and Missey, M.J., “Critical state model and ac susceptibility of high temperature superconductors,” Physica B 194-196, 1875 (1994). DOI: 10.1016/0921-4526(94)91437-0
  • Nikolo, M., “Flux dynamics in high temperature superconductors,” Superconductor Science and Technology 6, 618 (1993). DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/6/8/011
  • Nikolo, M., Kiel, W., Duan, H.M., and Hermann, A.M., “Flux creep activation energies in Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O crystals,” Physical Review B45, 5641 (1992).
  • Muller, K.H., Nikolo, M., and Driver, R., “Flux pinning at grain boundaries in Bi-(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O ceramic  superconductors,” Physics Review B43, 7976 (1991). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.43.7976
  • Nikolo, M., “Pinning mechanisms and pinning sites in high-Tc superconductors-a review,” Applied Physics Communications10, 1&2, 143 (1990).
  • Nikolo, M. and Goldfarb, R.B., “Flux creep and activation energies at the grain boundaries of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors,” Physical Review B39, 6615 (1989). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.39.6615 
In Proceedings
  • Nikolo, M. and Missey, M. J., “Flux dynamics at the grain boundaries of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O Superconductors”, Proceedings of 1994 Topical International Cryogenic Materials Conference on the Critical State in Superconductors. Oct. 24-26, Honolulu, Hawaii, ed. K. Tachikawa, World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore, 169 (1995).
  • Brown, S.E., Nikolo, M., and Wild, A., “Nonlinear diffusion of magnetic flux into high-Tc superconductors”, Proceedings of the 4th Undergraduate Science Symposium at Argonne National Lab, Chicago, Nov. (1993).
  • Missey, M.J. and Nikolo, M., “Ac susceptibility of high-Tc superconductors as a function of temperature, ac magnetic field and its frequency”, Proceedings of the 3rd Undergraduate Science Symposium at Argonne National Lab, Chicago, Nov. (1992).
  • Muller, K.H., Nikolo, M., Savvides, N., and Driver, R., “Ac susceptibility of high-temperature ceramic superconductors: critical state and creep at grain boundaries and in grains,” Advances in Superconductivity III, Proceedings of the 3rd  International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS’90), November 6-9, 1990, Sendai, Japan, Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1991. DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-68141-0_130
  • Nikolo M. and Goldfarb, R.B., “Flux creep activation energies in Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors,” Proceedings of the 6th Japan-US Workshop on High-Field Superconducting Materials and Standard Procedures for High-Field Superconducting Materials Testing, Boulder, Colorado, Feb. 22-24, 1989, 75, ed. K.Tachikawa, published by U. S. Department of Energy (1989).
Books
  • Nikolo, M., Physics, Vol. 1 Mechanics, Copernicus Press, (2012).
  • Nikolo, M., Physics, Vol. 2 Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics, Copernicus Press, (2012).
  • Nikolo, M., Test Questions Physics Vol. 1, Copernicus Press, (2012).
  • Nikolo, M., Test Questions Physics Vol. 2, Copernicus Press, (2012).
  • Nikolo, M., It is All Physics, Copernicus Press, (2012).
  • Nikolo, M., Test Questions It is All Physics, Copernicus Press, (2012).
  • Nikolo, M., Physics Around Us, Copernicus Press, (2007).
  • Nikolo, M., Test Questions Physics Around Us, Copernicus Press, (2007).
  • Nikolo, M., Aviation Physics, Copernicus Press, (2006).
  • Nikolo, M., Test Questions for Aviation Physics, Copernicus Press, (2006).
  • Nikolo, M., It’s All Physics, Ma’am!, editor J. Hubisz, Copernicus Press, (2004).
  • Nikolo, M., Physics for the Rest of Us, editor J. Hubisz, Copernicus Press, (2003).
  • Nikolo, M., Physics Test Questions with Answers, Copernicus Press, (2003).
  • Nikolo, M. and Hermann, A.M., “High-field ac susceptometer design for single crystal measurements,” Susceptibility of Superconductors and Other Spin Systems, edited by R. A. Hein, Plenum Press, New York, 553 (1992).
  • Nikolo, M., “Density and texture dependence of grain coupling in sintered Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors,” Physics and Materials Science of High Temperature Superconductors, Edited by R. Kossowsky, NATO ASI Series, Kluver Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/London, 711 (1990).

Dr. Nikolo has taught numerous undergraduate physics and math classes since 1991 and has experience in teaching continuing education classes to adults. 

  • Physics: The World Around Us
  • Aviation Physics I and II
  • General Physics I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Optics Lab
  • Modern Physics Lab
  • Calculus I
  • Chaos
  • Advanced Topics: LABVIEW
  • Advanced Topics: Student Research

 Dr. Nikolo was also a guest lecturer at Sperreng Middle School for a year, where he taught 12- and 13-year-old gifted kids.