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Sebastian Osswald
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics &
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2817
Email: sosswald (at)
PhD - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2008
Materials Science and Engineering
PhD - Institute of Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2008
Physics (Dual PhD Degree)
MBA - Lebow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2008
MS - Institute of Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2005
Technical Physics
BS - Institute of Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2000
Technical Physics
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Physics and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (2010-present)
  • 2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Solid State Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Energy Storage and Conversion
  • Nanomaterials Materials
  • Carbon and Carbon Composites
  • Optical and Acoustical Sensors
  • Mirco-and Nanoelectrochemical Systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • 2005 DAAD Fellow
  • 2005 Ernest-Solvay-Foundation Fellow
  • 2006-2007 Arkema PhD Fellow
  • 2006 1st Place Award at ACS’s Annual Ceramographic Competition
  • 2008 George Hill, Jr. Fellowship and Award for Excellence in Graduate Career
  • 2009 Drexel University Graduate Research Award for Research Excellence (Highly Commended)
  • 2009 Department of Materials Science & Engineering (Drexel University) Alumni Award
  • 2010 Elsevier CARBON Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis in Carbon Research during 2007-2009
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • M. Mu, S. Osswald, Y. Gogotsi, K. Winey, In situ Raman spectroscopy study of stress transfer between carbon nanotubes and amorphous polymer, Nanotechnology, Vol. 20, Issue 33, 2009, 335703,
  • S. Osswald, V. Mochalin, M. Havel, G. Yushin, Y. Gogotsi, •Phonon Confinement Effects in the Raman Spectra of Nanodiamond, Physical Review B, Vol. 80, 2009, 075419
  • S. Osswald, M. Havel, Y. Gogotsi, Monitoring oxidation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes by Raman spectroscopy, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 38 (6), 2007, 728-736.
  • S. Osswald, G. Yushin, V. Mochalin et al., Control of sp(2)/sp(3) carbon ratio and surface chemistry of nanodiamond powders by selective oxidation in air, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128 (35), 2006, 11635-11642.
  • S. Osswald, E. Flahaut, H.Ye, et al., Elimination of D-band in Raman spectra of double-wall carbon nanotubes by oxidation, Chemical Physics Letters 402 (4-6), 2005, 422-427.
  • Keywords: Carbon, Nanomaterial, Nanostructure, Raman spectroscopy, Sensor, Energy Storage, Energy Conversion, Battery, Supercapacitor

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