College of Letters & Sciences
Upham Hall

Jalal Nawash
Asoc Prof/Dir Undrgrd Research

  • Office Location: Mccutchan Hall 05
  • Phone: (262) 472-1295
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  • Department(s): Physics
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Hello there,
I Received a B.Sc. in Physics in 1993, and then a M.Sc. in solid-state physics in 1997, I worked as a high school teacher for 3 years, then I came to the United States in 1999. The year after, I received a MA in Physics. I joined the doctoral program in Materials Engineering at Washington State University in 2001. My research focus was crystal growth of optoelectronic materials. I graduated in 2007. I worked at Gonzaga University for two years as a physics faculty, then I came to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) in 2009 as tenure track faculty in the physics department. 
My Current research projects are diverse. My students and I are involved in using a plasma reactor to fabricate bio-compatible materials to be used as stints and screws inside the human body. Another project involves automating a furnace using LabView to grow crystals. We are also characterizing the optical and electrical properties of some single crystals (TeO2, YAG, Te2ZnO3, Te3ZnO8, and others). I am personally working on a project to control drones with Python coding. I am open to work with student with ideas. If you have one, please drop by or send me an email. you never know, your idea may worth a billion dollars.

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Physics/Materials Science
Research and Doctoral Dissertation: “A Study on Crystal Growth of Select II-VI Oxides by Czochralski and Bridgman Techniques,” Advisor: Dr. Kevin G. Lynn, Center for Materials Research

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2004
Graduate Certificate, Optoelectronics

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2000
Master of Art, Physics

University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 1997
Master of Science, Solid State Physics
Thesis: “Ion Beam Mixing Studies of Some Germanide Systems”

University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 1993
Bachelor of Science, Physics

Algebra Based Physics 1 & 2, Statics, Modern Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Thermodynamics, Senior Seminar, and Freshman Seminar.

Washington State University, Pullman, WA 
Postdoctoral Position, 2007
Managed original experiment design for development of GGG crystal growth and successfully grew Ce:GGG, ZnO-TeO2, Nd:YAG, and PMN-PT crystals for application in solar cells and scintillators for radiation and charged particle detection. Applied skills in project design, equipment specification, field troubleshooting, process design, and safety analysis.

Washington State University, Pullman, WA 
Graduate Student Researcher, 2002-2006
Evaluated emerging technologies in advanced materials research, specifically crystal growth of ZnO-TeO2 solar cells and effects of doping well-grown GGG and YAG crystals. Performed absorption and transmission measurements, scanning electron microprobe, powder x-ray diffraction, single crystal x-ray diffraction, solarization and polarization, and utilized Origin, JADE CrystalDiffract, and CrystalMaker. 

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Research Assistant, 2001
Researched sleep behavior in hospital patients in anesthesiology and critical care medicine study and modeled nerve cell signaling throughout the body.


  1. “A Straightforward Approach to Detect QRS Complexes in ECG Rhythms,” Journal of Computer Science and Information Technologies, 2020.
  2. “Crystal Growth of PMN-PT for Energy Harvesting Application,” International Renewable Energy Consortium IREC Proceedings, 2017, first author.
  3. “Crystal Growth of CdTe2O5 by a Modified Bridgman Technique,” Materials Research Society Meeting Proceedings, 2015, first author.
  4. “ZnTeO3 Crystal Growth by a Modified Bridgman Technique,” Materials Research Bulletin, 2014, first author. 
  5. “A Study on Select Solar Cell’s Voltage Output at High Altitudes Using a Weather Balloon,” Wisconsin Space Conference Proceedings, 2014, first author.
  6. “Empirical Model for Morphological Evolution of Crystallization Process Using Artificial Neural Networks,” International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering, 2011, first author.
  7. “Simulation of Crystallization Process Using Neural Networks Modeling,” Jordan IEEE Conference, Amman, Jordan, 2011, first author. 
  8. “Improving Scintillation Performance of Ce-doped Garnet Crystals,” American Physical Society, APS March Meeting, 2010.
  9. “A Study of Interface Mixing Induced by Ar+ Ion Irradiation on Ag/Ge Bilayer System,” Journal of Applied Physics: Materials Science & Processing, 2009, first author.
  10. “Czochralski Crystal Growth of Zn2Te3O8," Journal of Crystal Growth, 2008, first author.
  11. "ZnTe6O13, A New ZnO-TeO2 Phase," Acta Crystallographica C, 2007, first author.
  12. "Mixing in Au/Ge System Induced by Ar+ Ion Irradiation," Journal of Materials Science, 2006, first author.
  13. "Czochralski Crystal Growth of Zinc Oxide-Tellurium Oxide System," Materials Research Society MRS, Boston, MA, 2005, first author.
  14. "Integrated Aspects of Anesthetic Action in Computational Models of Neural Activity," Anesthesiology, 2001, 95:A725. 
  15. "Ion Beam Mixing of Au/Ge," Royal Scientific Society, 1999, first author.

Wisconsin Council on Undergraduate Research, Executive Member, 2020-Present
Council on Undergraduate Research – Physics and Astronomy, Councilor, 2019-Present
American Association of Physics Teachers, Member, 2009-Present 
Crystal Growth Group, LinkedIn, Founding Member, 2008-Present
American Association of Crystal Growth, Member, 2008-Present 
Materials Research Society, Member, 2004-2007