• Francisco J. Lamelas 

    Contact Information
    Office ST-410K
    Ph.D., Physics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    M.S., Materials Science, The University of Wisconsin, Madison
    B.S., Applied Math & Physics, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    Thesis: Growth and X ray Scattering Studies of Epitaxial Cobalt Superlattices 

  • Courses Taught
    • PY 112: Physics in Art
    • PY 114: Physics of Waves
    • PY 221/222: General Physics I / II
    • PY 240: Optics 
    • PY 241/242: Physics I / II 
    • PY 310: Introduction to Modern Physics
    • PY/CH 360: Introduction to Materials Science
    • NS 400: Natural Science Seminar
    My research focuses on the experimental study of crystal growth from solution at high pressure.  Custom-made moissanite anvil cells are used to produce temperature-controlled high-pressure sample environments. Time-lapse images of growing crystals are acquired using optical microscopy. The index of refraction of solutions at high pressure is measured using a rotating Fabry-Perot spectroscopy technique. Recent index measurements for ammonium iodide solutions are given in F. J. Lamelas, J. Phys. Chem. B 117, 2789 (2013).
    Worcester Art Museum Tour
    Sudha Swaminathan and I have developed a physics tour of the Worcester Art Museum, titled Physics at WAM. The tour guide is available here: Physics at WAM.
    Honors and Grants
    Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium
    Worcester State University is a member of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, with local representatives Sudha Swaminathan and Frank Lamelas. WSU students who are U.S. citizens can submit proposals for stipends supporting research projects carried out with WSU faculty. The research projects should be connected in some way with NASA objectives. Interested students or faculty should contact Swaminathan or Lamelas. Link to Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium: