Ken Elder

Ken Elder

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Ken Elder
Department of Physics

Ken Elder, Ph.D., is a professor in Oakland University’s Department of Physics. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Guelph and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

With an extensive background in research, Dr. Elder has received awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate work. As an OU faculty member, his research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Research Corporation.

Much of his work is focused on understanding the complex spatial structures that appear following a phase change, such as when a liquid turns into a solid or when a metal transitions from a non-magnetic to a magnetic state. Additionally, Dr. Elder’s work on a method that models atomic scale features on long time scales has received dozens of citations and has been utilized around the world.

More recently, Dr. Elder has been investigating phenomena in which elasticity plays a key role, such as in the growth of ultrathin epitaxial films. These films are critical to many processes, including surface catalysis, which is involved in the production of more than 90 percent of all chemical products.

Dr. Elder joined OU in 1995 and teaches introductory and advanced courses, such as general physics, nuclear physics, electricity and magnetism, theoretic physics and quantum mechanics.

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