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. Hom "Henry" Kandel is an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He Joined UW-Parkside in 2016 after serving as a Research Scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. He has taught physics, mathematics, and computer science courses for over 20 years in the US and overseas. His field of research is in the areas of applied physics, experimental condensed matter physics, and materials science & engineering to develop next-generation superconducting electronic devices, very high-field superconducting magnets, and low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells. His current research focuses on the growth and studies of oxide thin film and heterostructures and nanofabrication of superconductor-based electronic devices for many applications, including SQUID biomagnetometer sensors, quantum computing, national defense, and space-related applications.

After joining UW-Parkside, Dr. Kandel has been named PI or Co-PI in over $2 million intra and extramural grants, including from the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and UW System, by collaborating with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and has received over $100,000 in research funding. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, 2 granted US patents, and 50 conference talks and poster presentations, many of which are with his students. In 2018, one of his patented inventions was applied to build the world's strongest superconducting magnet at the national high magnetic field laboratory, about 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet. Stronger Superconducting magnets such as this are required to build high-energy particle accelerators and MRI machines.

Dr. Kandel's research program has included service to his department, college, university, and scientific community. He has mentored over 15 students at UW-Parkside and UW-Madison and has peer-reviewed substantial journal articles and grant proposals, including from the US Department of Energy. He has a track record of high-quality research and student mentorship, as evidenced by two first-place awards in the 2021 WiSys/UW System Statewide Research and innovation competition and WiSys quick pitch competition by his one student and his two published work with his other student. In addition, Dr. Kandel serves as the Editor of an international journal paper, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, and as the Faculty Advisor to the Parkside Journal of Science, a Science Journal that showcases the scientific research conducted by faculty and students at UW-Parkside.

Dr. Kandel is an active member of the American Physical Society and has served as a judge, panelist, and moderator at local, regional, and statewide science and engineering fairs, conferences, workshops, and symposiums. He is also significantly involved in educational outreach in southeast Wisconsin.

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 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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