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Drexel University Professor of Physics Dr. N. John DiNardo

N. John DiNardo, PhD

Department of Physics
Office: Disque Hall 707
Phone: 215.895.2790


  • PhD, Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1982
  • BS, Physics, Drexel University, 1975

Research Interests:

  • Physics education research
  • Surface physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Materials science


Dr. N. John DiNardo, Professor of Physics, was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in October 2005. Prior to this appointment, he served as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs from May 2005 to September 2005 and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from July 2003 to September 2005. He now serves as the CASTLE Faculty Fellow.

Dr. DiNardo received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Drexel University in 1975 and a PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship at IBM Research (Yorktown Heights, NY), he joined Drexel’s Department of Physics in 1984 and began a research program in experimental surface science that has since expanded to nanoscience and biophysics. He was Visiting Associate Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Visiting Faculty at Sandia National Laboratory, and Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

His Research Projects have included work in Vibrational and Electron Dynamics at Semiconductor Surfaces and Interfaces, Metal-Semiconductor Interfaces, Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces, Diamond-like Carbon Thin Films, and Protein and Cell interactions with Biomaterials Surfaces. Dr. DiNardo’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and Research Corporation.

He is the author of over fifty refereed papers in surface and interface science, several book chapters, and the monograph Nanoscale Characterization of Surfaces and Interfaces. In his educational activities at both the graduate and undergraduate level, Dr. DiNardo has been involved in curriculum development in Physics and Engineering Curricula at Drexel. His Quantum Structure of Materials and Nanoscience courses couple fundamental physics with applications in materials science and nanotechnology. Dr. DiNardo is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society.