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PhD, Theoretical/Applied Physics: West Virginia University
MS, Theoretical Physics: Ohio University
BS, Physics: Ohio University


Jarrod Schiffbauer, PhD, earned his bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees in the Department of Physics at Ohio University. He taught there for two years before heading to West Virginia University (WVU) to earn his PhD. His graduate school work focused on fundamentals of measurement theory in quantum mechanics (Ohio University) and non-linear, non-equilibrium physics of micro-nano fluidic systems (WVU). As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Schiffbauer continued work on applications of non-linear, non-equilibrium transport physics, developing a program of combined theory and experimental characterization for micro-nano fluidic systems and working on functionalizing surfaces to tune nanoscale heat transport and phase change at nanostructures. Schiffbauer’s work has applications at the so-called Food-Water-Energy Nexus, specifically in solar-thermal conversion and desalination, as well as in advanced biomedicine.

As a visiting assistant professor of physics at Colorado Mesa University, Schiffbauer has continued to promote his philosophy that active, collaborative research is an integral part of the learning process and a critical component of the university environment, one which benefits students, professors and the larger community. To this end, Schiffbauer endeavors to develop a synergy between his research and classroom teaching, bringing research topics into discussions and involving students in active projects. He is currently working with two Colorado Mesa University students on two theory and numerical simulation projects. One project concerns the driven-diffusive motion of molecules in a 1D potential, relevant to a variety of physical processes including charge transport and heat transport in long-chain molecules such as DNA. The other project involves the implementation and testing of an improved theoretical model for continuum heat transfer at functionalized, nanoscale interfaces and will be used in designing an advanced solar desalination system.

Selected Publications

Schiffbauer, N.Y. Ganchenko, G.S. Ganchenko and E.A. Demekhin, “Overlimiting current due to electro-diffusive amplification of the second Wien effect at a cation-anion bipolar membrane junction, Biomicrofluidics, 12, 064107 (2018)

J. Schiffbauer and T. Luo, “Liquid phase stabilization versus bubble formation at a nanoscale curved interface,” Phys. Rev. E., 97, 033106, 2018

E. Lee, J. Schiffbauer, H-C. Chang, and T. Luo, “Contact line de-pinning by plasmonic nanoparticle heating leads to fast light-guided surface bubble movement,” manuscript submitted to Science"

J. Yang, Y. Pang, W. Huang, S. K. Shaw, J. Schiffbauer, M. A. Pillers, X. Mu, S. Luo, T. Zhang, Y. Huang, G. Li, S. Ptasinska, M. Lieberman, and T. Luo, “Functionalized Graphene Enables Highly Efficient Solar Thermal Steam Generation,” ACS Nano, 11, 5510-5518, 2017

S. Luo, J. Schiffbauer, and T. Luo “Effect of Cooling on Droplet Size in Supersaturation-Induced Emulsion,” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,19, 29855-29861,(2017)

J. Schiffbauer, U. Liel, and G. Yossifon, “Concentration-dependence of nanochannel impedance and the determination of surface charge,” Physical Review E 89, 033017 (2014) 

J. Schiffbauer and G. Yossifon, “Role of Electro-osmosis in the Impedance Response of Microchannel-Nanochannel Interfaces,” Physical Review E. 86, 056309 (2012)

J. Schiffbauer, S. Park, and G. Yossifon, “Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy of Microchannel-Nanochannel Interface Devices,” Physical Review Letters, 110, 204504 (2013)

J. Schiffbauer, N. Leibowitz, and G. Yossifon, “Extended space charge near non-ideally selective membranes and nanochannels,” Physical Review E,92, 013002 (2015)

J. Schiffbauer, U. Liel, N. Leibowitz, S. Park, and G. Yossifon, “Probing space charge and resolving overlimiting current mechanisms at the micro-nanochannel interface,” Physical Review E, 92, 013001 (2015)