Dr. Diedrich SchmidtAssociate Professor
Office: Marteena 316
Phone: (336) 285-2112
Fax: (336) 334-7423
Diedrich Schmidt received a PhD in Physics and a PhD in Nanotechnology in 2005 from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he used various surface science techniques to investigate thin-film growth on silicon in ultra-high vacuum. He then moved to Japan for two years as an independent Research Fellow in the International Center for Young Scientists at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba investigating ionic solvation using FTIR spectroscopy and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamic techniques. Afterwards, he joined the Dept. of Physical Chemistry II at Ruhr-University Bochum where he used terahertz techniques to research ionic and biomolecule solvation, as well as various vibrational microspectroscopy techniques (scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM), infrared-SNOM, and Raman) to investigate properties of organic and inorganic materials such as "smart'' polymer surfaces, DNA, living cells, and epitaxial graphene. He is also building a next-generation, synchrotron-based near-field "nanoscope'' in collaboration with the IR team at the ANKA synchrotron in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2012, he joined the Physics Department at North Carolina A&T State University as an Assistant Professor of Nanophysics. His research interests include Raman, terahertz, and mid-IR nanoscopy and spectroscopy of biological and complex fundamental systems, and are divided into three main thrusts: 1] exploring nanoscale physics and materials science using spectroscopic and cutting-edge nanoscopy techniques, such as infrared-SNOM; 2] understanding fundamental aspects of biology, such as interaction of biomolecules with their surrounding environment; and 3] combining nanoscale materials science with biomolecules to create hybrid biocompatible organic light-harvesting devices.