Erik Nykwest

Education: M.S. Physics, University of Connecticut, 2013

Bio: Before he joined the research group, Erik earned his Bachelor’s degrees in both Physics and Mathematics from Pace University in 2011. He continued on to pursue his doctoral degree in physics because he always enjoyed the analytical and predictive power of physics. While exploring his possible thesis options he took a short sabbatical in the engineering department and discovered a renewed love for the predictive powers of physics in novel materials design and property prediction.

Current Research: using computational modeling and density functional theory to investigate different methods of inducing magnetism in nonmagnetic ceramics

Favorite Computer Command: rsync -auvh

Outside the Lab: I'm a graduate student with a 1 year old. When do I have time for hobbies? Let's go with... Sound Engineering

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ORCID: 0000-0002-4056-3903

Erik Nykwest

The unit cells for (a) \alpha− and (b) \theta−alumina. The larger
(blue) atoms are Al and the smaller (red) are O. See J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 30 395801

A stacked bar graph of the magnetic moments induced by transition metal doping in alumina. Cr, Fe, Ni, and Cu doping were investigated in J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 30 395801, while additional dopants were investigated in J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 31 (2019) 245801 (9pp).


Magnetic and Energetic Properties of Transition Metal Doped Alumina
E. C. Nykwest, B. C. Rinderspacher, J. M. Elward, R. E. Brennan, and K. R. Limmer, J. Phys.:Condens. Matter 30, 395801 (2018).

Towards Magnetic Alumina: Uncovering the Roles of Transition Metal Doping and Electron Hybridization in Spin Delocalization
E. C. Nykwest and Alpay S P, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 31 245801 (2019)