Hom Kandel, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Applied Physics
  • Mathematics And Physics Department
  • Post Doctoral, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 2015 Ph.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2010 MS, Western Illinois University, 2004
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2171
  • EMAIL: kandel@uwp.edu
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Hom Kandel


  • 1. Growth and studies of oxides thin films and heterostructures
  • 2. Nano-fabrication of high-Tc SIS tunneling Josephson junction device
  • 3. Development of novel electrical insulation coatings for high field superconductor magnet technology
Dr. Kandel is an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. His research focuses on the growth of superconductor, semiconductor, and insulator-type thin films and heterostructures and a detailed characterization to develop next-generation superconductor electronics devices and high-field superconducting magnets. Currently, his research group is developing a high-temperature superconductor YBCO-based S-I-S tunneling sandwich-type Josephson junction device for its application in SQUID bio-magnetometer sensors, quantum computers, and terahertz frequency detectors, in collaboration and partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and other national laboratories and universities.

Before coming to the UW-Parkside in 2016, Dr. Kandel was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) at Florida State University, the largest and the highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world. At the National MagLab, he was the lead scientist in developing novel electrical insulators for YBCO and Bi-2212-based high field superconductor magnet technology. Dr. Kandel holds two patents on electrical insulation technologies, have published over 30 journal papers, and have presented his research in over 60 conferences, workshops, and symposiums.

Dr. Kandel has taught physics and mathematics courses worldwide for over 20 years. He has been awarded a Certificate on Effective Teaching in Colleges and Universities from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) in collaboration with the American Council on Education (ACE).
In his teaching, Dr. Kandel embraces research and evidence-based pedagogies, and high-impact teaching practices to optimize student success in classrooms and in future endeavors.

Currently, Dr. Kandel serves as the Chair of the Academic Achievement Assessment Committee (AAAC), Academic Editor of the Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, and Advisor to the Parkside Journal of Science. He also has peer-reviewed premium physics and materials science/engineering journal articles and Grant Proposals for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Teaching Interests

Dr. Kandel's teaching interests span from advanced to introductory-level physics courses(lecture and lab) including classical/quantum/statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, mathematical methods of physics, and advanced physics/engineering experiments.

Research Interests

Dr. Kandel works closely with students, primarily by training them thin film growth and characterization techniques and helping them present their research at conferences, workshops, symposiums, and student showcases and publish research in peer-reviewed journal papers.

Consulting Interests

Dr. Kandel is also interested in providing consultation to physics and engineering majors and minors for Graduate School Admission, Internship, and job opportunities in semiconductor industry.

Selected Publications

2021: Relaxation timescales and electron-phonon coupling in optically pumped YBa2Cu3O6+x revealed by time-resolved Raman scattering, N. Pellatz, S. Roy, J-W. Lee, J. L. Schad, H. Kandel, N. Arndt, C. B. Eom, A. F. Kemper, and D. Reznik, Phys. Rev. B 104, L180505 (2021), Physical Review B

2020: Investigation of Phonon Vibrational Modes in Ga, Al, Fe, Co, Ni, and Zn Doped (110)-Oriented PBCO Thin Films, Volume 2020 |Article ID 5937494 | 8 pages | https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/5937494, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering

2020: Ceramic Electrical Insulation Coating, United States Patent # US10658091, issued on May 19 2020,

2018: Effect of Fe doping on electronic transport and Raman scattering properties of (110) PrBa2Cu3O7 thin film”, Mater. Res. Express/IOP Publishing Ltd. (7 pp.)

2017: Electronic transport and Raman spectroscopic properties of Co doped (110) PrBa2Cu3O7 thin film, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 36(2), Nov. 2017 (Published online) (021502-1- 021502-4 pp.)

2016: Ceramic Insulation of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8-x Round Wire for High-Field Magnet Applications , IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (5 pp.)

2015: Development of TiO2-SiO2 coating on Ag-sheathed Bi-2212 conductor, H. Kandel, J. Lu, J. Jiang, M. Matras, P. Chen, N. Craig, U. Trociewitz, E. Hellstrom, and D. Larbalestier, Supercond. Sci. Technol. 28, 350110 (2015), Superconductor Sciench Technology 28, 350110 (2015) (8 pp.)

Research/Creative Awards

2021: Layer-by-Layer Growth and Characterization Studies on (110)-oriented YBCO/PBCGO/YBCO Tri-layer Structure., Faculty and Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2021 ($85,00), College of Natural and Health Sciences, UW-Parkside
2019: Lead PI: Nano-fabrication of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) based Superconductor (S)-Insulator (I)-Superconductor (S) Tunneling Sandwich-type Josephson Junction, Applied Research Grant (ARG)-$50,000.00, WiSys Technology and UW System
2018: Modine Science Research Fund ($6,000.00), Modine Manufacturing Co.
2017: Fabrication and studies on Fe and Co doped (110) PBCO thin films., Faculty Summer Research Award 2017 ($6,000.00),
2017: Title of Project: Synthesis and electronic transport studies on metals doped Pr-Ba-Cu-O electrical insulation material

Undergraduate Research Apprentice: Nathan Arndt, Julia Jones, Michael Connolly, URAP Awards (Fall 2017-Spring 2021), College of Natural and Health Sciences

Departmental Service

2021: Committee Member - Physics/Maths Curriculum Committee
2021: Program Coordinator - Physics Senior Seminar

University Service

2023: Committee Chair - Academic Achievement Assessment Committee
2023: Committee Member - Academic Actions Committee
2021: Faculty Advisor - Parkside Journal of Science
2020: Committee Member - Committee on Advising
2020: Committee Member - UW-Parkside Academic and Student Affairs COVID Contingency Planning Taskforce (Research Continuity)

Professional Service

2019: Editor, Journal Editor - Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
2017: Editor, Conference Proceedings - Magnet Technology-25 (IEEE-TAS)
2016: Chairperson - Young Professional Group, IEEE Council on Applied Superconductivity

Public Service

2019: Guest Speaker - GEMS (Girls Empowered by Math & Science) Workshop
2018: Guest Speaker - CNHS Open House for K-12
2018: Other - 2018 Kenosha Regional Engineering and Science Fair
2017: Guest Speaker - Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL)
PHYS 201 - General Physics I
PHYS 202 - General Physics II
PHYS 306 - Adv Experiments in Physics
PHYS 403 - Thermodynamics
PHYS 495 - Senior Seminar
PHYS 497 - Senior Thesis
PHYS 499 - Independent Study:
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