CERCA (Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics)

Theory: P. Fileviez Perez, K. Hinterbichler, H. Mathur, G. Starkman, I. Zehavi

Experiment: C. Covault, B. Monreal, J. Ruhl, I. Zehavi, J. Nagy 

Condensed Matter

Theory: M. Hinczewski, W. Lambrecht, H. MathurP. Taylor, S. Zhang

Experiment: J. Berezovsky, G. Chottiner, X. Gao, K. Kash, L. Kisley, C. Rosenblatt, K. Singer, G. Strangi  

Optics and Optic Materials

Theory: W. Lambrecht, P. Taylor

Experiment: J. Berezovsky, K. Kash, C. Rosenblatt, K. Singer, G. Strangi  

Biophysics, Medical and Imaging Physics

Theory: R. Brown, M. Hinczewski, M. Martens

Experiment: L. Kisley



Centers and Facilities

Advanced Materials

Research and education in advanced materials is one of the core strengths of the University. Faculty in the Department of Physics are key members of the University-wide Institute for Advanced Materials. Below are links to centers and facilities that help enable our faculty and students to pursue leading-edge research in this area.



The Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO) is a collaborative team of faculty members and researchers from diverse scientific disciplines seeking to understand how complex systems emerge and evolve, from the universe to the mind, from microbes to humanity. visit the ORIGINS WEBSITE


The fields of Cosmology and Astrophysics are currently among the fastest growing and most exciting areas of research today. Scientists at CWRU are working on several major new research programs that are providing major steps forward in our understanding of the universe. CERCA provides an interdisciplinary framework for interactions between faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, educators and the public. visit the CERCA WEBSITE


Launched in spring 2009, the Institute for Sustainability (IfS) comprises an interdisciplinary group of researchers and educators from diverse disciplines, including the humanities, law, management, medicine and the natural sciences. visit the SUSTAINABILITY WEBSITE