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Nicholas Mauro
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Nicholas Mauro

Associate Professor of Physics

Nicholas Mauro is a condensed matter physicist who is an associate professor of physics at St. Norbert College. Mauro’s primary area of study focuses on how ordering in liquids can affect phase transformations. During a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship, he developed experiments that are used at national laboratories for X-ray and neutron scattering studies of metallic and ionic liquids. He has particular interest in integrating computational techniques in physics courses throughout the curriculum.

  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics 2
  • PHYS 121 General Physics 1
  • PHYS 122 General Physics 2
  • PHYS 211 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 311 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 321 Electricity and Magnetism
  • NSCI 315 Climate Change

  • B.A. – Lawrence University
  • M.A. – Washington University
  • Ph.D. – Washington University
  • Post-doctoral studies – Washington University

  • Glass formation
  • Liquid structure
  • Non-equilibrium phase transformation
  • Scattering techniques
  • Ionic liquids

“Structural evolution in Au- and Pd-based metallic glass forming liquids and the case for improved molecular dynamics force fields.” F. Z. Chen, K. Ruhland, C. Umland, S. M. Bertrand, A. J. Vogt, K. F. Kelton and N. A. Mauro. Journal of Chemical Physics. 157 (2022) 194501.

“Breakdown of the Stokes-Einstein relationship and rapid structural ordering in CuZrAl metallic glass-forming liquids.” F.Z. Chen, N. A. Mauro, S. M. Bertrand, P. McGrath, L. Zimmer, K. F. Kelton. Journal of Chemical Physics 155 (2021) 104501.

“X-ray scattering investigation of ion aggregation in imidazolium-based ionic liquids upon doping with lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium salts.” N. C. Boaz, E. L. Smigla, C. Stippich, C. Voss, and N. A. Mauro. Journal of Molecular Liquids. 302 (2020) 112540.

“Temperature-dependent structure and transport of ionic liquids with short-and intermediate-chain length pyrrolidinium cations.” A. M. Fleshman and N. A. Mauro. Journal of Molecular Liquids. 279 (2019) 23.

“Temperature Dependence of Static Structure Factor Peak Intensities for a Pyrrolidinium-Based Ionic Liquid.” T. Mackoy, N. A. Mauro, and R. A. Wheeler. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 123 (2019) 1672.