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Sebastian Osswald
Assistant Professor of Physics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D. Physics and Materials Science & Engineering, Drexel University and Technische Universität Ilmenau (Germany), 2008

Dr. Sebastian Osswald joined NPS in 2010. He is highly experienced with the synthesis and characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials and has extensively studied their chemical and physical properties. His recent research focuses on the application of carbon nanostructures in energy conversion and storage technologies, sensor devices, and composite materials.

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Sebastian Osswald
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics &
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2817
Email: sosswald (at)
PhD - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2008
Materials Science and Engineering
PhD - Institute of Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2008
Physics (Dual PhD Degree)
MBA - Lebow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2008
MS - Institute of Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2005
Technical Physics
BS - Institute of Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany, 2000
Technical Physics


  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Physics and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (2010-present)


  • 2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA


  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Solid State Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials Science


  • Energy Storage and Conversion
  • Nanomaterials Materials
  • Carbon and Carbon Composites
  • Optical and Acoustical Sensors
  • Mirco-and Nanoelectrochemical Systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Raman spectroscopy


  • 2005 DAAD Fellow
  • 2005 Ernest-Solvay-Foundation Fellow
  • 2006-2007 Arkema PhD Fellow
  • 2006 1st Place Award at ACS’s Annual Ceramographic Competition
  • 2008 George Hill, Jr. Fellowship and Award for Excellence in Graduate Career
  • 2009 Drexel University Graduate Research Award for Research Excellence (Highly Commended)
  • 2009 Department of Materials Science & Engineering (Drexel University) Alumni Award
  • 2010 Elsevier CARBON Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis in Carbon Research during 2007-2009

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)

  • M. Mu, S. Osswald, Y. Gogotsi, K. Winey, In situ Raman spectroscopy study of stress transfer between carbon nanotubes and amorphous polymer, Nanotechnology, Vol. 20, Issue 33, 2009, 335703,
  • S. Osswald, V. Mochalin, M. Havel, G. Yushin, Y. Gogotsi, •Phonon Confinement Effects in the Raman Spectra of Nanodiamond, Physical Review B, Vol. 80, 2009, 075419
  • S. Osswald, M. Havel, Y. Gogotsi, Monitoring oxidation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes by Raman spectroscopy, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 38 (6), 2007, 728-736.
  • S. Osswald, G. Yushin, V. Mochalin et al., Control of sp(2)/sp(3) carbon ratio and surface chemistry of nanodiamond powders by selective oxidation in air, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128 (35), 2006, 11635-11642.
  • S. Osswald, E. Flahaut, H.Ye, et al., Elimination of D-band in Raman spectra of double-wall carbon nanotubes by oxidation, Chemical Physics Letters 402 (4-6), 2005, 422-427.


  • Keywords: Carbon, Nanomaterial, Nanostructure, Raman spectroscopy, Sensor, Energy Storage, Energy Conversion, Battery, Supercapacitor



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