Physics Research at Doane
Learning to work as a scientist is an important goal of the Doane physics program. Every physics major (unless you elect the teacher education track) completes a senior research project in a three semester research sequence. Students work closely with a faculty mentor to define the project, carry it out, and then report the results in a formal thesis and at the college's undergraduate symposium, MindExpo, or at a regional or national meeting.
Led by Professor Chris Wentworth, this lab uses the tools of statistical physics, computational science, and chemical engineering to investigate problems in condensed matter physics and biology. Recent work includes developing computer simulations of solid state diffusion, computer simulations of biofilm growth, image processing codes to help with plant genome research, and biofilm growth studies using bioreactors.