Prabhakar Misra
Professor of Physics
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Director/ Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory,
Howard University
2355 6th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20059

Tel. (202) 806-6251/6245
Fax (202) 806-5830

Ph.D. (Physics), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1986.
M.S. (Physics), Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1981

Book: Applied Spectroscopy and the Science of Nanomaterials (2015)
Book cover
Publisher: Springer
2015 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
2004-2005 Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Prabhakar Misra has over 25 years work experience in (i) Raman spectroscopy of nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, graphene and tungsten oxide); (ii) detection and spectroscopic characterization of free radicals, stable molecules, molecular ions and ionic clusters of relevance to combustion and atmospheric phenomena employing excimer and tunable dye lasers; (iii) high resolution molecular spectroscopy in the infrared employing a Fourier Transform infrared spectrometer and in the ultraviolet employing Czerny-Turner spectrographs; and (iv) absorption of short-pulsed (ns and ps) Nd:YAG laser radiation in the form of high energy pulses by liposomes and the subsequent conversion into release of organic dye molecules either encapsulated in the internal volume or bound in the membrane bilayer of liposomes. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Laser Spectroscopy Facility of the Ohio State University, he joined Howard University in 1988, and was a Visiting Scholar in 1990 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  Dr. Misra was a recipient of the NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program (NAFP) award (administered by the National Research Council, NRC) and was a visiting faculty fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD during the 1999-2000 academic year and an NRC faculty fellow at the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC during the 2000-2001 academic year.  During the Summer of 2007, he was a NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Faculty Fellow at Langley Research Center, VA, and Goddard Space Flight Center, MD (June-August 2007).  He has also successfully completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Research Directors Conference (April 19-20, 2001). He has established a state-of-the-art 1500 sq. ft Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Howard University. He has been a Member of Conference Program Committees and Session Chair of 15 invited and contributed paper sessions on spectroscopy and lasers. He has served as a guest referee for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Propulsion  & Power and Physica B. Dr. Misra has reviewed research proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Agency for International Development (AID) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is (or has been) a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Optical Society of America (OSA) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), Inc.. He has been a Principal Investigator (1992-96) and an Associate Principal Investigator (1997-2007) for the 10-million dollar NASA-funded Center for the Study of Terrestrial & Extraterrestrial Atmospheres (CSTEA). Dr. Misra has advised and mentored about 40 undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral research associates who have been part of his research group.

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