Missouri State University
Physics Astronomy and Materials Sci
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Contact Information

Call: +1-417-836-8729


Research Interests

  • Computational Materials Physics
  • Electronic Structure
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Reverse Monte Carlo

Ridwan Sakidja, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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.

Research Group

Sakidja Research Group

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.


  1. 2003

    Ph.D. Metallurgy

    University of Wisconsin - Madison
  2. 1998

    B.Sc. Metallurgical Engineering with Materials Science Option

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

Professional Experience

  1. 2014-Present
    Associate Professor
    Missouri State University
  2. 2013-2014
    Research Associate Professor
    University of Missouri - Kansas City
  3. 2003-2013
    Lecturer and Research Scientist
    University of Wisconsin - Madison