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Associate Professor

About

I am an Associate Professor of Engineering & Physics at the University of Central Oklahoma. Before joining UCO, I was an Associate Professor of Physics at Pittsburg State University. I obtained my Ph.D. in Computational Materials Physics from Lehigh University in 2012.

Education and Certifications

March 2018 – March 2019: Professional Certificate in Data Science, through edx MOOC, Harvard University

January 2016 - May 2017: Medical Physics Certificate, University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA)

August 2007 - September 2012: Ph.D. in Computational Materials Physics, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA) with Prof. Slava V. Rotkin (rotkin@psu.edu)

October 2005 - July 2007:  M.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics, ICTP & University of Trieste (Trieste, Italy) with Prof. Sandro Sorella (sorella@sissa.it)

August 2001 - 2004: B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science, University of Buea (Buea, Cameroon)

Experience

August 2019 – Present: Associate Professor of Engineering & Physics, University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK, USA)

December 2018 – Present: Adjunct Professor of Physics, Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

August 2018 – July 2019: Associate Professor of Physics (with tenure), Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS, USA)

August 2013 – July 2018: Assistant Professor of Physics, Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS, USA)

May 2013 – June 2013: Physics Instructor, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA)

January 2013 - June 2013: Lecturer, Lehigh Carbon Community College (Schnecksville, PA, USA)

January 2013 - May 2013: Teaching Assistant, Physics/ECE, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA,USA)

September 2012 – February 2013: Visiting Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA)

Honors and Awards

  • Computational Modeling of the Structural, Electronic, and Electrochemical Properties of Copolymers Containing Ferrocene and Imidazole, $2000, 2017/18
  • Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructures, $14,333, 2015
  • Exceptional Annual Faculty Performance Rating for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, 2014/2015 Academic Year, Pittsburg State University
  • News Highlight: Kansas EPSCoR Partners in Science and Technology, 10/22/15, http://kansas-nsf-epscor.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-kansas-nebraska-collaborative.html
  • Pittsburg State University 2015 Academic Year Stipend for Student Research, $1000
  • National Energy Research Supercomputing Center award, 100,000 Core hours per year,  2014 –
  • Pittsburg State University Summer 2014 Faculty Fellowship, $5000
  • Sherman-Fairchild Fellowship for Solid State Studies (2008 - 2010), Lehigh University
  • College of Arts and Science Travel Grant to APS March Meeting, 2010, Lehigh University
  • Lehigh University Forum Student Research Grant, 2009, Lehigh University
  • Lehigh University Research Assistantship (2008 - 2012), Lehigh University
  • Lehigh University Teaching Assistantship (2007- 2008), Lehigh University
  • News Highlight: Recipient of the First ICTP-University of Trieste Joint Master’s Degree http://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/news/news-archive/2007/7/laurea-magistralis.aspx
  • ICTP-TRIL Fellowship, Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL), International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), UNESCO, IAEA  (2005 - 2007), ICTP-University of Trieste

Interests

Besides experiment, theoretical and computational techniques can be used to design and study materials properties with the purpose of shedding new insights on experimental findings, or predicting novel properties that can guide experimental development. Quantum theory has the power to predict structural, electronic, optical, thermoelectric, transport, electrochemical, electrocapacitive, magnetic, and other related properties. My research focuses on the use of first-principle calculations based on density functional theory for studying the properties of advanced materials for a wide range of applications including solar energy harvesting, energy storage, biosensing applications, high-speed electronics, optoelectronics, and renewable energy. Ongoing research projects include the following: (1) 2D materials beyond graphene for simulating the properties of nano-bioelectronic devices for sensing applications; (2) high-throughput computational modeling for predicting the properties of advanced functional materials for renewable energy and biomedical applications; (3) applications of data science and machine learning in materials sciences and engineering. Computational resources are provided by the National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) and UCO’s Buddy Supercomputer. Dr. Tayo’s group collaborates with the Chemistry department at Pittsburg State University, as well as other experimental and theoretical groups at the University of Kansas, Lehigh University, and Tulsa University. Dr. Tayo has given 8 invited talks nationally and internationally, and 22 conference presentations.

Classes Taught

Courses taught at University of Central Oklahoma

  • PHY 2014 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (core undergraduate course)
  • PHY 2114 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (core undergraduate course)
  • ENGR 5633 Solid State Devices (graduate course)

Courses taught at Grand Canyon University (Online)

  • PHY 102 Introduction to Physical Science (core general education course)

Courses taught at Pittsburg State University

  • PHYS 100 College Physics I (core undergraduate course)
  • PHYS 104 Engineering Physics I (core undergraduate course)
  • PHYS 130 College Physics Lab I (core undergraduate course)
  • PHYS 131 College Physics Lab II (core undergraduate course)
  • PHYS 171 Physical Science (core general education course)
  • PHYS 540 Topics in Physics (undergraduate topics course)
  • PHYS 702 Computational Physics (upper undergraduate/graduate level course)
  • PHYS 714 Statistical Thermodynamics (upper undergraduate/graduate level course)
  • PHYS 716 Introductory Quantum Mechanics (upper undergraduate/graduate level course)
  • PHYS 740 Advanced Topics: Nanoscale Physics (upper undergraduate/graduate level course)
  • PHYS 742 Solid State Physics (core upper undergraduate/graduate level course)
  • PHYS 745 Nanophysics (core upper undergraduate/graduate level course)
  • PHYS 816 Quantum Mechanics (core graduate course)
  • PHYS 890 Graduate Topics in Physics (graduate topics course)
  • PHYS 891 Graduate Research Problem

Courses taught at Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • PHY 201 Introduction to Physics I
  • PHY 201L Introduction to Physics I Lab

Professional and Community Involvement

2016 – Present: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)

2015 – Present: American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

2014 – 2015: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

2008 – 2011: National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)

2008 – Present: American Physical Society (APS)

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Invited Talks

  1. “Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials Properties,” Physics Seminar, University of Central Oklahoma, April 5, 2019.
  2. “Theoretical and Computational Studies of Novel Advanced Materials,” Physics Seminar, Tulsa   University, September 29, 2017.
  3. “First-principle studies of Mo(1-x)WxS2 alloy for optoelectronic applications,” Physics Colloquium, University of Buea, July 28, 2016.
  4. “Energy gap and carrier effective mass of strained H-functionalized graphene nanoribbons,” Physics Seminar, Tulsa University, November 21, 2014.
  5. “Electronic and transport properties of graphene nanoribbons,” Physics Seminar, Wichita State University, November 12, 2014.
  6. “Tuning the optical absorptivity of carbon nanotubes by means of charged adsorbates,” Applied Physics Seminar, Kansas University, October 17, 2013.
  7. “Novel semiconducting materials and carbon-based nanomaterials for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies, Delaware State University,” Delaware, April 11, 2013.
  8. “Novel semiconducting materials and carbon-based nanomaterials for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies,” Pittsburg State University, Kansas, April 8, 2013.

Journal Publications

  1. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Efficient design of a one-hour unit test for introductory physics,” Cornell University arXiv (https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.02708), May, 2018.
  2. Benjamin O. Tayo and Ananda A. Jayawardhana, “Grade inflation in introductory physics – the influence of out-of-class assignments,” Cornell University arXiv (https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.05084), April, 2018.
  3. Ahmed Alzharani, Esam Allehyani, Chris Hance, Raymond Westby, Benjamin O. Tayo, and Charles Neef, “Electrochemical Studies of Ferrocene and Maleimide Containing Alternating Copolymers”, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 786, 129 (2017).
  4. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Band gap engineering in graphene nanoribbon heterojunctions: Tight-binding model”, AIP ADVANCES 5, 087121 (2015).
  5. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Effective mass versus band gap in graphene nanoribbons: influence of H-passivation and uniaxial strain”, Mater. Focus 3, No. 4, 248-254 (2014).
  6. C. K. Tan, J. Zhang, X. H. Li,  G. Y. Liu, Benjamin. O. Tayo, and N. Tansu, “First-Principle Electronic Properties of GaN1-x Asx Alloy for Visible Light Applications”, Journal of Display Technology, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 272-279, April 2013.
  7. Benjamin O. Tayo and Slava V. Rotkin, “Charge impurity as a localization center for singlet excitons in single-walled nanotubes”, Phys. Rev. B 86, 125431 (2012).
  8. Benjamin O. Tayo and S. Sorella, “Exact Jastrow-Slater wave function for the one-dimensional Luttinger model”, Phys. Rev. B 78, 115117 (2008).

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

  1. Benjamin O. Tayo “Tutorial on DFT Studies of 1D Nanomaterials Using Quantum Espresso”, Medium Modern Physics, June 2019. https://medium.com/modern-physics/tutorial-on-dft-studies-of-1d-nanomaterials-using-quantum-espresso-d4df9f19fa92
  2. Benjamin O. Tayo “Tutorial on Density Functional Theory using GAMESS”, Medium Modern Physics, February 2019.
  3. Benjamin O. Tayo “Tutorial on Density Functional Theory using quantum espresso”, Medium Modern Physics, July 2018.

Conference Contribution/Presentations (students underlined)

  1. Tyler Flaske, Benjamin O. Tayo, and Charles J. Neef, “Electronic interaction in copolymers of vinylferrocene and vinylimidazole,” 2019 ACS Midwest Regional Meeting, October 16-19, 2019, Wichita, Kansas. [Poster presentation].
  2. Benjamin O. Tayo and Eric Mullins, “DFT studies of the structural, electronic, and electrochemical properties of copolymers containing ferrocene and imidazole”, Bulletin of the American Physical Society, APS March Meeting, Boston, USA, 2019.
  3. Eric Mullins and Benjamin O. Tayo, “Computational Studies of Copolymers Containing Ferrocene and Imidazole,” 2018 PSU Research Colloquium, April 11, 2018, Pittsburg, KS. [Oral presentation]
  4. Benjamin O. Tayo, "Research Project Within a Course as an Effective Means for Teaching Introductory Physics" 2017 Annual Faculty Professional Development Day, August 16, 2017, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. [Oral Presentation]
  5. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Radiation Therapy Options for Various Forms of Lung Cancer”, Research Collaborative Meeting, Rush University Medical Center, February 27, 2017. [Oral Presentation]
  6. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Active Learning Methodologies for Teaching the Physical Sciences,” 2016 Annual Faculty Professional Development Day, August 17, 2016, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. [Oral Presentation]
  7. Chongmin Yuan and Benjamin O. Tayo, “First-principle studies of Mo(1-x)WxS2 alloy for optoelectronic applications,” 2016 PSU Research Colloquium, April 7, 2016, Pittsburg, Kansas. [Poster presentation]
  8. Bhanu P. Dhronavalli and Benjamin O. Tayo, “Radiative and non-radiative recombination in semiconductor nanostructures,” 2016 PSU Research Colloquium, April 7, 2016, Pittsburg, Kansas. [Poster presentation]
  9. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Band gap engineering in graphene nanoribbons heterojunctions: tight-binding model,” 2015 ACS Midwestern Regional Meeting, October 21-24, 2015, St. Joseph, Missouri. [Oral presentation, session 49, Polymer and Materials Chemistry.]
  10. Henry M. Thomas, Benjamin O. Tayo, and Charles J. Neef, “Electrical properties and DFT studies of copolymers from 3-phenyl[5]ferrocenophane-1,5-dimethylene and various para substituted phenylmaleimides,” 2015 ACS Midwestern Regional Meeting, October 21-24, 2015, St. Joseph, Missouri. [Poster presentation, session 217, Polymer and Materials Chemistry.]
  11. Benjamin O. Tayo and Hui Zhao, “Charge transport in and between two-dimensional crystals,” Oral Presentation, NSF EPSCoR Track 2 Review, May 26, 2015, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS.
  12. Henry M. Thomas, Benjamin O. Tayo, and Charles J. Neef, “Electrical properties of copolymers from 3-phenyl[5]ferrocenophane-1,5-dimethylene and various para substituted phenylmaleimides,” 2015 PSU Research Colloquium, April 8, 2015, Pittsburg, Kansas. [Poster presentation]
  13. Dinushi Jayatunga and Benjamin O. Tayo, “Spin coating as a technique for optimizing the power conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells,” 2015 PSU Research Colloquium, April 8, 2015, Pittsburg, Kansas. [Oral presentation]
  14. Vida Karimnia and Benjamin O. Tayo, “Role of electrostatics in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases,” 2015 PSU Research Colloquium, April 8, 2015, Pittsburg, Kansas. [Poster presentation]
  15. Henry M. Thomas, Benjamin O. Tayo, and Charles J. Neef, “Electrical properties and DFT studies of Copolymers from 3-phenyl[5]ferrocenophane-1,5-dimethylene and various para substituted phenylmaleimides,” 2015 Capitol Research Summit, February 11-12, 2015, Topeka, Kansas. [Poster presentation]
  16. Dinushi Jayatunga and Benjamin O. Tayo, “Spin coating as a technique for optimizing the power conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells,” 2015 Capitol Research Summit, February 11-12, 2015, Topeka, Kansas. [Poster presentation]
  17. Benjamin O. Tayo, “Two-dimensional atomic crystals and their applications in nanoelectronics, PSU faculty research meeting,” February 5 2015, Pittsburg, KS
  18. Henry M. Thomas, Benjamin O. Tayo, and Charles J. Neef, “Electrical properties of copolymers from 3-phenyl[5]ferrocenophane-1,5-dimethylene and various para substituted phenylmaleimides,” 2014 ACS Midwestern Regional Meeting, November 12–15, 2014, Columbia, Missouri. [Poster presentation, session 285, Polymer and Materials Chemistry.]
  19. C. K. Tan, Benjamin O. Tayo, J. Zhang, G. Y. Liu, and N. Tansu, “Effect of Interband Energy Separation on the Interband Auger Processes in III-Nitride Semiconductors,” Proc. of the SPIE Photonics West 2013, San Francisco, CA, January 2013.
  20. Benjamin O. Tayo, and Slava V. Rotkin, “Exciton dynamics for single walled carbon nanotubes in the presence of a single ion”, 2011 APS March Meeting, March 21–25, 2011; Dallas, Texas. [Bulletin of the APS March Meeting, 56 (1), W30.00011 (2011).]
  21. Benjamin O. Tayo and Slava V. Rotkin, “Coulomb Effects in DNA-functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes,” 2010 APS March meeting, Portland, OR (USA).
  22. Benjamin O. Tayo and Slava V. Rotkin, “Effect of Helical Perturbation on Exciton Binding Energy in Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes,” 2009 APS March Meeting, Pittsburg, PA (USA).
  23. Benjamin O. Tayo and Slava V. Rotkin, “Excitons in DNA-wrapped single-walled nanotubes,” 2009 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, Nashville, TN (USA).

Master's Research Projects Supervised

  1. Eric Mullins, “First-principle studies of the structural, electronic, and electrochemical properties of copolymers containing ferrocene and imidazole,” (MS thesis, 2017/2018). [Current Position: Doctoral Student at KSU]
  2. Talon Thompson, “Role of gold nanoparticles in radiotherapy,” Spring, 2017. [Current Position: Medical Physics Resident at Kaiser Permanente]
  3. Jason Fenske, “Theory of quantum entanglement and its applications,” Spring, 2017.
  4. Chongmin Yuan, “A relativistic proposal from Pauli and Dirac equations,” Spring, 2017.
  5. Dinushi Jayatunga, “Improving the efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells prepared by spin coating: effect of spin rate”, MS in Physics Project, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, spring 2015. [Current Position: PhD student at Case Western Reserve University]
  6. Vida Karimnia, “Detection of bacteria in large bodies of water using iron oxide nanosensors”, MS in Physics Project, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, Fall 2015. [Current Position: Doctoral Student at Umass Boston]

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