Prabhakar Misra

Prabhakar Misra

  • VISITING SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.6250
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: HOWARD UNIV
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Misra has been involved in basic and applied spectroscopic research in atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics, with special focus on unstable and stable molecular species, especially free radicals and ions that impact combustion and plasma processes. The utilization of the twin techniques of supersonic jet spectroscopy and optogalvanic spectroscopy has enabled the precise spectroscopic characterization of moderate-size organic species and the plasma associated with hollow cathode discharges. Besides the investigation of free radicals, neutral and ionic species in the ultraviolet and visible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, his research has also covered a detailed characterization and modeling of adsorption phenomena associated with trace molecular species on a variety of metallic and non-metallic surfaces in the mid-infrared region via Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy. He has also worked on the development of a database and spectral library of organic molecules that has relevance to the search for life on other planets, such as Mars. He is currently involved in the detailed characterization of a variety of nanomaterials (e.g. graphene, carbon nanotubes and metal oxides) using Raman Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

    Positions/Employment

    8/1997 - Present

    Professor

    Department of Physics & Astronomy, Howard University, Washington, DC  
    7/2010 - 6/2014

    Chair

    Department of Physics & Astronomy, Howard University, Washington, DC  
    8/1992 - 8/1997

    Associate Professor

    Department of Physics & Astronomy, Howard University, Washington, DC  
    8/1988 - 8/1992

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Physics & Astronomy, Howard University, Washington, DC  

    Education

    Ph.D. (Physics, 1986), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    M.S. (Physics, 1981), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    M.Sc (Physics, 1978), University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India
    B.Sc (Physics Honors, 1975), University of Calcutta, India

    Professional Societies

    The American Physical Society, 1988 - Present
    Elected Fellow (2015)
    The Optical Society of America, 2000 - Present
    Senior Member (since 2010)
    Fulbright Association, 2005 - Present
    Lifetime Member
    American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, 2000 - Present
    Fellow
    Sigma Xi, 2004 - Present
    President of Howard University Chapter of Sigma Xi (2013-14)

    Professional Service

     • Conference Program Committees & Session Chair
    o International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES), Phuket, Thailand (2009)
    o International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IWPSD), Noida, India (2013)
    o Optoelectronics, Photonics & Applied Physics (OPAP), Singapore (2013)
    o International Conference on Energy Harvesting, Storage and Conversion (IC-EEE), Cochin, India (2015)
    • Research Proposal Reviewer
    o National Science Foundation (1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2013)
    o The American Chemical Society (2003)
    o National Institutes of Health (1994)
    o Agency for International Development (1993)
    • Research Journal Reviewer
    o Applied Optics (2012)
    o Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2009)
    o Computers, Materials & Continua (2007-09)
    o Journal of Lightwave Technology (2008)
    o Journal of Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences (2007-08)
    • Panel Memberships
    o Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (2014)
    o NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Physics 1 and Astronomy (2012, 2014 & 2015)
    o National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2011)
    o NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program Evaluation (2011) 

    Awards

     • NASA Astrobiology Institute Research Support (NAI-MIRS) Program Award, 2008 & 2012
    • NASA DC Space Grant Consortium Faculty Fellowship Award, 2009 & 2010
    • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Certificate of Appreciation, 2008
    • NASA ESMD Faculty Fellowship Award, 2007 & 2008
    • Fulbright Scholar Award, 2004-2005
    • NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program Award, 1999-2001
    • Johnetta G. Davis Student Service Award, 1998
    • Professional Profile Cited in Marquis Who's Who in Science & Engineering, 1992-1993

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Misra, P., ed. 2015. "Applied Spectroscopy and the Science of Nanomaterials." New York: Springer, ISBN: 978-981-287-241-8 (Print); 978-981-287-242-5 (Online) .

    Misra, P., R. Garcia, P. R. Mahaffy, J. Canham, and D. E. Jallice. 2014. "SAM/MSL Terrestrial Background Spectral Library." NASA Tech Briefs, Software Supplement, 23.

    Ahmido, T., A. Ting, and P. Misra. 2013. "Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of surface nitrate chemicals." Applied Optics, 52 (13): 3049-3057 [10.1364/AO.52.003048]

    Garcia-Sanchez, R., T. Ahmido, D. Casimir, S. Baliga, and P. Misra. 2013. "Thermal effects associated with the Raman spectroscopy of WO3 gas sensor materials." J. Phys. Chem. A, 117: 13825-13831 [10.1021/jp408303p]

    Misra, P., S. Gatica, and D. Casimir. 2012. "Simulation and modeling of wetting and adsorption phenomena associated with nanomaterials." Computers, Materials & Continua (CMC) , 7 (3): 135-142 [10.3970/sl.2012.007.135]

    Han, X. L., M. C. Blosser, P. Misra, and C. Haridass. 2012. "Abrupt changes in neon discharge plasma detected via the optogalvanic effect." Thin Solid Films, 521: 155-157 [10.1016/j.tsf.2011.12.088]

    De, T., A. Romanyukha, F. Trompier, B. Pass, and P. Misra. 2012. "Feasibility of Q-band EPR dosimetry in biopsy samples of dental enamel, dentine and bone." Appl. Magn. Reson., 44 (3): 375-387 [10.1007/s00723-012-0379-9]

    Misra, P., and C. Haridass, eds. 2011. "Fundamentals and Current Topics in Molecular Structure Research." Kerala, India: Research SignPost, ISBN: 978-81-308-0458-3.

    Han, X. L., C. Haridass, and P. Misra. 2010. "Collisional rate parameters for the 1s4 energy level of neon for 638.3 nm and 650.7 nm transitions from the analyses of the time-dependent optogalvanic signals." J. At. Mol. Sci., 1 (2): 118-125 [10.4208/jams.051509.071209a]

    Misra, P., I. Misra, and X. L. Han. 2008. "Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of neon at 659.9 nm in a discharge plasma and nonlinear least-squares fitting of associated waveforms." Nonlinear Analysis, 71 (12): e661-e664 [10.1016/j.na.2008.11.086]

    Misra, P., and M. Dubinskii, eds. 2002. "Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and UV Lasers." New York: Marcel Dekker, ISBN: 0-8247-0668-4.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Misra has been involved in basic and applied spectroscopic research in atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics, with special focus on unstable and stable molecular species, especially free radicals and ions that impact combustion and plasma processes. The utilization of the twin techniques of supersonic jet spectroscopy and optogalvanic spectroscopy has enabled the precise spectroscopic characterization of moderate-size organic species and the plasma associated with hollow cathode discharges. Besides the investigation of free radicals, neutral and ionic species in the ultraviolet and visible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, his research has also covered a detailed characterization and modeling of adsorption phenomena associated with trace molecular species on a variety of metallic and non-metallic surfaces in the mid-infrared region via Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy. He has also worked on the development of a database and spectral library of organic molecules that has relevance to the search for life on other planets, such as Mars. He is currently involved in the detailed characterization of a variety of nanomaterials (e.g. graphene, carbon nanotubes and metal oxides) using Raman Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Misra, P. 2015. "Applied Spectroscopy and the Science of Nanomaterials."

    Misra, P., R. Garcia, P. R. Mahaffy, J. Canham, and D. E. Jallice. 2014. "SAM/MSL Terrestrial Background Spectral Library." NASA Tech Briefs, Software Supplement 23

    Ahmido, T., A. Ting, and P. Misra. 2013. "Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of surface nitrate chemicals." Applied Optics 52 (13): 3049-3057 [10.1364/AO.52.003048]

    Garcia-Sanchez, R., T. Ahmido, D. Casimir, S. Baliga, and P. Misra. 2013. "Thermal effects associated with the Raman spectroscopy of WO3 gas sensor materials." J. Phys. Chem. A 117 13825-13831 [10.1021/jp408303p]

    Misra, P., S. Gatica, and D. Casimir. 2012. "Simulation and modeling of wetting and adsorption phenomena associated with nanomaterials." Computers, Materials & Continua (CMC) 7 (3): 135-142 [10.3970/sl.2012.007.135]

    Han, X. L., M. C. Blosser, P. Misra, and C. Haridass. 2012. "Abrupt changes in neon discharge plasma detected via the optogalvanic effect." Thin Solid Films 521 155-157 [10.1016/j.tsf.2011.12.088]

    De, T., A. Romanyukha, F. Trompier, B. Pass, and P. Misra. 2012. "Feasibility of Q-band EPR dosimetry in biopsy samples of dental enamel, dentine and bone." Appl. Magn. Reson. 44 (3): 375-387 [10.1007/s00723-012-0379-9]

    Misra, P., and C. Haridass. 2011. "Fundamentals and Current Topics in Molecular Structure Research."

    Han, X. L., C. Haridass, and P. Misra. 2010. "Collisional rate parameters for the 1s4 energy level of neon for 638.3 nm and 650.7 nm transitions from the analyses of the time-dependent optogalvanic signals." J. At. Mol. Sci. 1 (2): 118-125 [10.4208/jams.051509.071209a]

    Misra, P., I. Misra, and X. L. Han. 2008. "Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of neon at 659.9 nm in a discharge plasma and nonlinear least-squares fitting of associated waveforms." Nonlinear Analysis 71 (12): e661-e664 [10.1016/j.na.2008.11.086]

    Misra, P., and M. Dubinskii. 2002. "Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and UV Lasers."

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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