Latest News

  • Graphene

    Light-Matter Interactions

    In collaboration with the Heller and Kaxiras groups (Harvard), we propose a "Theory of Graphene Raman Scattering”. Published in ACS Nano!

  • We study on the optical properties of eumelanin-inspired molecules!

    Light-Matter Interactions

    In collaboration with the Nelson experimental group (OSU Chem), we study the optical properties of eumelanin-inspired molecules. Article published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

  • Phosphorene oxidation caught on film!

    Light-Matter Interactions

    Phosphorene oxidation caught on film! In collaboration with the Barraza-Lopez group (U of Ar.), we study the photo-oxidation of phosphorene. Article published by ACS Central Science.

  • Graphene

    Light-Matter Interactions

    In collaboration with the Heller and Kaxiras groups (Harvard), we propose a "Theory of Graphene Raman Spectroscopy”. Read about it arXiv:1507.01647.

  • Is transport in graphene Ballistic or Diffusive?

    Quantum Transport

    Is transport in clean graphene Ballistic or Diffusive? Find out in our PRB published work, a collaboration with Hennig and Heller.

  • Semiclassical Methods:

    Semiclassics

    In collaboration with Mason (Twitter) and Heller (Harvard), we have developed a semiclassical technique that can reverse engineer wavefunctions. Read about it our published letter, about its applications to graphene, or in a more detailed PRB.

  • Theory of Optimal Local Control

    Quantum Information

    With Blasi, Rasanen and Heller, we have proposed a scheme to coherently control coupled quantum dots in an optimized manner by optimizing laser fields PRB and local gate voltages PRB-Rapid.

Group Leader

MarioMario F. Borunda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Borunda double-majored in Physics and Mathematics earning his B.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Texas A&M University in 2008. He spent three years as a postdoc and nine months as a research associate at Harvard University. In September 2012 he became a faculty member of the physics department at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Borunda has also been a visiting researcher at Harvard University.

Dr. Borunda has performed research in several areas. His work at UTEP, performed with Jorge Lopez, involved using α-particle spectroscopy as a teaching tool. As a graduate student (advised by Jairo Sinova) and post-doc (under Eric Heller) he performed calculations on electronic conductivity in two-dimensional systems, proposed and described an atom-laser coupling scheme that induces spin-orbit interaction in ultra-cold atoms, and simulated electron transport in graphene. At Oklahoma State his research has focused in quantum information, the quantum-to-classical boundary in chaotic systems, and using theoretical methods to predict novel materials for energy production and electronic applications. More details about the work performed at OSU is described in the research sections of these website.

Dr. Borunda is enthusiastic about working with undergraduate students and has worked towards producing a positive impact as undergraduate research coordinator for the OSU physics program, with minority students through the OK-LSAMP students, as faculty advisor of OSU’s SACNAS chapter, and as technical officer with the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. He directs the research of the wonderful group below.

Graduate Students

   

Shuo

 

Shuo Dai joined the Borunda Research Group November 2013 when he also became a doctoral candidate. He received his B. Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics from Nanjing University in China. Later he did research in Solar Physics in the Chinese Academy of Science. He earned a M.S. in Physics at OSU in the Xie Group in 2013 studying the principle of proton transfer in proteins. His research interests include the rational design of Renewable Energy Materials, High-Throughput Computations, and applications of Density Functional Theory.

Wakun

 

Doctoral candidate Wakun Lam is a graduate student in both this theory group and the experimental group of Professor Gil Summy. He received his B. Sc. and master degree in Jianan University. His research interests include Quantum Transport and Chaos in cold atomic systems. He joined the Borunda Research Group in September of 2014.

Richa

 

Richa P. Madhogaria is in the Ph.D. program in Physics and joined the Borunda Research Group in January of 2016. She earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from Trubhuvan University, Nepal. Richa is interested in Quantum Information.

Nic

 

Nicholas Melko is enrolled in the Master's program in Physics. As a member of this research group, he received his B.Sc. in Physics from OSU in 2013 and has continued in the group since then. His research interests include search for Renewable Energy Materials.

Paul

 

Paul Smith is a graduate student in Physics. He joined the Borunda Research group in September of 2012 and became a doctoral candidate in May of 2016.

Sanaz

 

Kyle Stoltz is a graduate student in Physics. He joined the Borunda Research Group in August 2016. His research interest is to search for materials for renewable Energy.

Undergraduates

Mary

Mary Lucy Catlett is an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics and Physics at Oklahoma State University. She comes from Texas and is a Freshman Scholar in our University.

Charith

Charith Desilva is an undergraduate student majoring in Physics at Oklahoma State University. He comes from Stillwater, OK. Charith was a Freshman Scholars in our University (2014-2015). For the 2015-2016 academic year he was awarded the prestigious Wentz Research Grant.

Kazsa

Kazsa Fahrenthold is an undergraduate from Oklahoma City, OK majoring in Physics and Applied Mathematics. Kazsa received the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Math and Sciences Scholarship in 2015. He is currently doing research in the physics of chaos. He has thought about running for president but decided that his talents were better used to further the understanding of the universe. His current research interests include the analysis of quantum systems using Husimi projections.

Robert

Robert Radford is an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics and Physics at Oklahoma State University. He is from Stillwater, OK.


The Borunda Group
Group members, summer 2015: Nic, Shuo, Charith, Mario, Paul, Sanaz, and Wakun (missing: Robert).

ALUMNI

Edgar Nandayapa (Graduated with a Physics B.Sc. in 2012, now in Graduate School in Germany).

Grant Williams (Undergrad, left group in 2013 but still in OSU).

Zach Fletcher (Undergrad, left group in 2014 last know whereabouts: Lubbock TX).

Todd Edmonds (Graduated with an Applied Physics B.S. in 2016, now in Financial Engineering M.S. program in Cornell University).

Sanaz Panahandeh (Graduated with a M.S. in 2016, now in Physics Ph.D. program in UC-Riverside).

Cosmo Binegar (Undergrad, completed his Preservice Science Teacher Research in 2016, now continuing his degree at OSU).