Ridwan Sakidja, Ph.D.
Sakidja Research Group
Missouri State University
Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science Department
In Fall 2014, Dr. Sakidja joined Missouri State University (MSU) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science (PAMS). The PAMS dept. at Missouri State is the only department in the United States that merged (typically separate) Physics & Astronomy dept. and Materials Science dept. altogether, reflecting the dept.’s overall strength and emphasis in interdisciplinary research areas. Dr. Sakidja teaches fundamental physics, applied quantum mechanics, computational physics and computational materials science courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. His broad research interests span from developing corrosion-resistant high temperature compounds, designing novel carbon complex assemblies to accelerating discovery processes of functionalized nanomaterials.
Collaborations with the CPG
Prof. Sakidja collaborates with the CPG through an NSF sponsored Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) project (DMR-1539918): Predictive Modeling of Polymer-Derived Ceramics: Discovering Methods for the Design and Fabrication of Complex Disordered Solids. Prof. Sakidja’s group performs molecular dynamics (classical and ab initio) and reverse Monte Carlo simulations in concert with the CPG.