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College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Center for Materials Research

Research Faculty

Dr. Jonathan R. Skuza

CMR Research Faculty-Dr. Jonathan R. Skuza

Research Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
M.S. in Physics from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio
B.S. in Physics from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio

MCAR Suite #501L, Norfolk State University,
700 Park Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504,
Phone: (757) 823-8710
Email: jrskuza@nsu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Dr. Jonathan Skuza is a Research Associate Professor within the Center for Materials Research (CMR) at Norfolk State University (NSU). He received his B.S. in Physics in 2004 from Baldwin-Wallace University, his M.S. in Physics in 2007 from the University of Toledo, and his Ph.D. in Physics in 2011 from the College of William & Mary (W&M). Prior to joining the CMR at NSU in 2013, Jonathan was a postdoctoral researcher for two years with the National Institute of Aerospace working within the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. His research interests are in developing thin film and nanostructured materials for various magnetic, optical, and electronic device applications using a multitude of fabrication and characterization methods. He is always seeking and open to new opportunities for collaboration, and in turn, mentoring students.
Jonathan is a national member of the American Physical Society and American Vacuum Society (AVS), where he currently serves as Vice Chair of the local Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the AVS. He has been the recipient of various awards, including a Graduate Research Fellowship from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, an Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring from W&M, a Leo M. Falicov Student Finalist Award from the Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division of the AVS, and a Best Poster Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the AVS.

Research

  • Epitaxial and multilayered thin films and nanostructures
  • Structure-property (e.g. magnetic, optical, electronic) correlations
  • Smart optical materials; Plasmonics
  • High magnetic anisotropy materials
  • High-k dielectrics
  • Wide band gap semiconductors

Selected Publication

18. S. K. Pradhan, E. K. Tanyi, J. R. Skuza, B. Xiao, and A. K. Pradhan, J. Vac. Sci. Publications Technol. A 33, 01A107 (2015). “Electrical behavior of atomic layer deposited high quality SiO2 gate dielectric"
17. A. K. Pradhan, R. M. Mundle, K. Santiago, J. R. Skuza, B. Xiao, K. D. Song, M. Bahoura, R. Cheaito, and P. E. Hopkins, Sci. Rep. 4, 6415 (2014). “Extreme tunability in aluminum doped zinc oxide plasmonic materials for near-infrared applications"
16. S. K. Pradhan, B. Xiao, J. R. Skuza, K. Santiago, R. Mundle, and A. K. Pradhan, Optics Express 22, 12486 (2014). “Effects of dielectric thickness on optical behavior and tunability of one-dimensional Ag/SiO2 multilayered metamaterials"
15. W. M. Roach, J. R. Skuza, D. B. Beringer, Z. Li, C. Clavero, and R. A. Lukaszew, Supercond. Sci. Technol. 25, 125016 (2012). “NbN thin _lms for superconducting radio frequency cavities"
14. W. M. Roach, D. B. Beringer, J. R. Skuza, W. A. Oliver, C. Clavero, C. E. Reece, and R. A. Lukaszew, Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 15, 062002 (2012). “Niobium thin _lm deposition studies on copper surfaces for superconducting radio frequency cavity applications"
13. C. Clavero, D. B. Beringer, W. M. Roach, J. R. Skuza, K. C.Wong, A. D. Batchelor, C. E. Reece, and R. A. Lukaszew, Crystal Growth & Design 12, 2588 (2012). “Strain effects on the crystal growth and superconducting properties of epitaxial Niobium ultrathinflms"
12. J. R. Skuza, C. Clavero, K. Yang, B. Wincheski, and R. A. Lukaszew, IEEE Trans. Magn. 46, 1886 (2010). “Microstructural, magnetic anisotropy, and magnetic do- main structure correlations in epitaxial FePd thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy"
11. K. Yang, C. Clavero, J. R. Skuza, M. Varela, and R. A. Lukaszew, J. Appl. Phys. 107, 103924 (2010). “Surface plasmon resonance and magneto-optical enhancement on Au-Co nanocomposite thin films"
10. C. Clavero, K. Yang, J. R. Skuza, and R. A. Lukaszew, Optics Letters 35, 1557 (2010). “Magnetic-feld modulation of surface plasmon polaritons on gratings"
9. C. Clavero, K. Yang, J. R. Skuza, and R. A. Lukaszew, Optics Express 18, 7743 (2010). “Magnetic feld modulation of intense surface plasmon polaritons"
8. C. Clavero, J. R. Skuza, Y. Choi, D. Haskel, C. Sanchez-Hanke, R. Loloee, M. Zhernenkov, M. R. Fitzsimmons, and R. A. Lukaszew, Phys. Rev. B 80, 024418 (2009). “Enhancement of induced V polarization due to rough interfaces in polycrystalline V/Fe/V trilayers"
7. C. Clavero, J. R. Skuza, J. M. Garcia-Martin, A. Cebollada, D. A. Walko, and R. A. Lukaszew, Phys. Rev. B 79, 104436 (2009). “Order and phase nucleation in nonequi- librium nanocomposite Fe-Pt thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy"
6. C. Clavero, J. R. Skuza, Y. Choi, D. Haskel, J. M. Garcia-Martin, A. Cebollada, and R. A. Lukaszew, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 162502 (2008). “Control of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of FePd films via Pd capping deposition"
5. J. B. Gonzalez-Diaz, A. Garcia-Martin, G. Armelles, J. M. Garcia-Martin, C. Clavero, A. Cebollada, R. A. Lukaszew, J. R. Skuza, D. P. Kumah, and R. Clarke, Phys. Rev. B 76, 153402 (2007). “Surface-magnetoplasmon nonreciprocity Effects in noble metal/ferromagnetic heterostructures"
4. J. R. Skuza, R. A. Lukaszew, E. M. Dufresne, D. A. Walko, C. Clavero, A. Cebollada,C. N. Cionca, and R. Clarke, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 251901 (2007). “Real time structural modification of epitaxial FePt thin films under x-ray rapid thermal annealing using undulator radiation"
3. K. P. Acharya, J. R. Skuza, R. A. Lukaszew, C. Liyanage, and B. Ullrich, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 19, 196221 (2007). “CdS thin films formed on exible plastic substrates by pulsed-laser deposition"
2. D. P. Kumah, A. Cebollada, C. Clavero, J. M. Garcia-Martin, J. R. Skuza, R. A. Lukaszew, and R. Clarke, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40, 2699 (2007). “Optimizing the planar structure of (111) Au/Co/Au trilayers"
1. C. Sanchez-Hanke, R. Gonzalez-Arrabal, J. E. Pieto, E. Andrzejewska, N. Gordillo, D. O. Boerma, R. Loloee, J. Skuza, and R. A. Lukaszew, J. Appl. Phys. 99, 08B709 (2006). “Observation of nitrogen polarization in Fe-N using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism"

Non-Refereed

5. Skuza, Y. Park, H. J. Kim, S. T. Seaman, G. C. King, S. H. Choi, K. D. Song,Publications H. Yoon, and K. Lee, NASA Technical Memorandum, NASA/TM-2014-218241 (2014).“Feasibility study of cargo airship transportation systems powered by new green energy technologies"
4. H. J. Kim, J. R. Skuza, Y. Park, G. C. King, S. H. Choi, and A. Nagavalli, NASA Technical Memorandum, NASA/TM-2012-217791 (2012). “System to measure thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefcient for thermoelectrics"
3. C. Clavero, D. Beringer, W. M. Roach, J. R. Skuza, R. A. Lukaszew, and C. E. Reece, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on RF Superconductivity (2011), Joint Accelerator ConferencesWebsite (JACoW). “Strain Effects in the superconducting properties of Nb thin films grown on sapphire"
2. K. Yang, C. Clavero, J. R. Skuza, and R. A. Lukaszew, TechConnect World: Nanotech 1, 460 (2011). “Enhancement of the magneto-optical activity via surface plasmon resonance on Au-Co nanocomposite thin films"
1. J. R. Skuza, Ph.D. Dissertation (2011). “Thin film and chemical ordering Effects on the magnetic anisotropy in binary alloys"

Awards and Honors

2010 Graduate Research Fellowship, Virginia Space Grant Consortium
2010 First Place in Poster Competition at the D.C. Regional Meeting, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Vacuum Society
2010 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, College of William & Mary
2009 NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholar (LARSS)
2008 Boulder Summer School Participant, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
2007&2009 Leo M. Falicov Student Award Finalist, Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division, American Vacuum Society
2007 Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society, The University of Toledo Chapter
2006 A. Jackson & Sally M. Smith Scholarship
2005 Outstanding Teaching Assistant, American Association of Physics Teachers
2004 Dr. Emory C. Unnewehr Award in Physics
2003 David D. Martin Scholarship in Mathematics
2003 Inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, Mathematical Honorary Society, Baldwin-Wallace University Chapter