• My name is Muhammad Maqbool. I work as an Associate Professor of Health Physics in the Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions at UAB, since May 2017. I have obtained my Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics & Photonics from Ohio University, USA. I have obtained M.S. degree in Medical & Radiation Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK. I got my first degree from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Before joining UAB as a faculty member, I worked as Associate Professor of Physics & Medical Physics at Ball State University for 9 years. I also worked as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Mount Olive. I teach several courses in the Master of Science in Health Physics program and Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Tech nology. Those courses include Principles of Health Physics, Medical Radiation Physics, Principles of Radiation Dosimetry, Physics of Medical Imaging, Nonionizing Radiation, Advanced Radiation Biology and Research Methodology & Publications Analysis and Computed Tomography and Laser Safety.

    I am actively engaged in research and published 78 research papers in highly reputed peer-reviewed journals. I have obtained a US Patent for inventing the Smallest AlN:Ti microlaser on optical fibers in whispering gallery mode. My student also obtained the best researcher award in the Health Physics Society 64th Annual Meeting held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 7-11, 2019. I have published two books and book chapters. My recent book An Introduction to Medical Physics is used as a recommended textbook at UAB and reference book at other Universities. Currently several graduate students work on their research projects with me. I work as consultant for many national and international organizations. I also work as grant reviewers for research funding bodies. I have established research and professional collaboration with many researchers within UAB and other Universities in USA and abroad.

    I actively take part in professional bodies and organizations in my field. Currently I serve as the President of Alabama Chapter of Health Physics Society. I work as Chair of the Gamma rays, x-rays and ultraviolet ray photonics technical section of the Optical Society of America. I am an active member of several professional organizations including Health Physics Society, American Physical Society and Optical Society of America.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Electronic cross-sections and Compton attenuation and transfer coefficients of 82Pb20829Cu6427Co5920Ca40and 13Al27for applications in radiation shielding and dose 2020
    2020 Surface Plasmonic-Assisted Photocatalysis and Optoelectronic Devices with Noble Metal Nanocrystals: Design, Synthesis, and Applications 2020
    2019 Correction to: Morphological evolution of ZnO nanostructures with hydrothermal oxidation time and their electrochemical glucose sensing properties (Applied Nanoscience, (2019), 9, 8, (2059-2068), 10.1007/s13204-019-01025-1)Applied Nanoscience.  9:2069. 2019
    2019 Morphological evolution of ZnO nanostructures with hydrothermal oxidation time and their electrochemical glucose sensing propertiesApplied Nanoscience.  9:2059-2068. 2019
    2019 Tri-layered functionally graded membrane for potential application in periodontal regeneration 2019
    2019 Intriguing electronic and optical properties of M2CX2 (M = Mo, W; X = O, F) MXenes and their van der Waals heterostructuresChemical Physics Letters.  731. 2019
    2019 Size-dependent inhibition of bacterial growth by chemically engineered spherical ZnO nanoparticles 2019
    2019 Field emission properties of TiO2 nanotubes fabricated on Ti wireMaterials Chemistry and Physics.  233:21-26. 2019
    2019 A Comparative Study of the Toxicity of Polyethylene Glycol–Coated Cobalt Ferrite Nanospheres and NanoparticlesNanoscale Research Letters.  14. 2019
    2019 Chitosan/hydroxyapatite composite bone tissue engineering scaffolds with dual and decoupled therapeutic ion delivery: Copper and strontiumJournal of Materials Chemistry B.  7:6109-6124. 2019
    2018 Klein-Nishina electronic cross-section, Compton cross sections, and buildup factor of wax for radiation shielding and protectionJournal of Radiological Protection.  38:372-381. 2018
    2018 Electronic structure, optical and photocatalytic performance of SiC-MX2 (M = Mo, W and X = S, Se) van der Waals heterostructuresPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics.  20:24168-24175. 2018
    2018 Intriguing electronic structures and optical properties of two-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures of Zr2CT2 (T = O, F) with MoSe2 and WSe2Journal of Materials Chemistry C.  6:2830-2839. 2018
    2018 Toxicity of PEG-Coated CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles with Treatment Effect of CurcuminNanoscale Research Letters.  13. 2018
    2017 Tunable High-TC ferromagnetism in Sn4+-doped (InFe0.04)2O3 nanoparticles: a vital role of electron doping 2017
    2017 Structural, electronic and optical properties of CsPbX3(X=Cl, Br, I) for energy storage and hybrid solar cell applicationsJournal of Alloys and Compounds.  705:828-839. 2017
    2016 Electronic Band Structures of the Highly Desirable III–V Semiconductors: TB-mBJ DFT StudiesJournal of Electronic Materials.  45:3314-3323. 2016
    2016 Corrigendum to ‘Fabrication and temperature dependent magnetic properties of nickel nanowires embedded in alumina templates’ (Ceramics International (2015) 41(9,Part B) (12081–12086) (S0272884215011414) (10.1016/j.ceramint.2015.06.025))Ceramics International.  42:1020. 2016
    2015 Controlled Structure of Electrochemically Deposited Pd Nanowires in Ion-Track TemplatesNanoscale Research Letters.  10:1-6. 2015
    2015 Structural, optical, and electrical characteristics of AlN:Ho thin films irradiated with 700 keV protonsApplied Surface Science.  357:179-183. 2015
    2015 Fabrication and temperature dependent magnetic properties of nickel nanowires embedded in alumina templatesCeramics International.  41:12081-12086. 2015
    2015 Fabrication and temperature dependent magnetic properties of Ni-Cu-Co composite nanowiresPhysica B: Condensed Matter.  475:99-104. 2015
    2015 Energy level splitting and luminescence enhancement in AlN:Er by an external magnetic fieldOptical Materials.  46:601-604. 2015
    2015 Luminescence Enhancement in Amorphous AlN:W by Co-Doped Gd+3IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.  27:1519-1522. 2015
    2015 Structural Analysis and Infrared Emission from Ti+3 Doped AlN Deposited on Si(100) and Si(111) Substrates and Optical FibersJournal of Low Temperature Physics.  179:365-374. 2015
    2015 Thermoelectric properties of metallic antiperovskites AXD3 (A=Ge, Sn, Pb, Al, Zn, Ga; X=N, C; D=Ca, Fe, Co)Electronic Materials Letters.  11:466-480. 2015
    2015 Elastic and mechanical properties of lanthanide monoxidesJournal of Alloys and Compounds.  618:292-298. 2015
    2015 DFT-mBJ Studies of the Band Structures of the II-VI SemiconductorsMaterials Today: Proceedings.  2:5122-5127. 2015
    2015 Structural and thermoelectric properties of pure and La, y doped HoMnO3 for their use as alternative energy materialsComputer Physics Communications.  187:1-7. 2015
    2014 Thermoelectric properties of SbNCa3 and BiNCa3 for thermoelectric devices and alternative energy applicationsComputer Physics Communications.  185:1394-1398. 2014
    2014 Investigation of the optical properties of P, As and Sb incorporated AlGaX alloys using full potential linearized augmented plane wave methodComputer Physics Communications.  185:2829-2833. 2014
    2013 Conversion of optically isotropic to anisotropic CdSxSe 1-x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) alloy with S concentrationComputational Materials Science.  77:145-152. 2013
    2013 Fabrication of cobalt-nickel binary nanowires in a highly ordered alumina template via AC electrodepositionNanoscale Research Letters.  8:1-8. 2013
    2012 Dose non-linearity of the dosimetry system and possible monitor unit errors on medical linear accelerators used in conventional and intensity-modulated radiation therapyNuclear Technology and Radiation Protection.  27:368-373. 2012
    2012 Effect of phase transition on the optoelectronic properties of Zn 1-xMg xSJournal of Applied Physics.  112. 2012
    2012 Optoelectronic response of GeZn 2O 4 through the modified Becke-Johnson potentialChinese Physics Letters.  29. 2012
    2012 Robust half-metallicity of AlCoN and AlNiNInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry.  112:2668-2674. 2012
    2012 Linear attenuation coefficient and buildup factor of MCPS-96 alloy for dose accuracy, beam collimation, and radiation protectionRadiological Physics and Technology.  5:229-236. 2012
    2012 Opto-electronic response of spinels MgAl 2O 4 and MgGa 2O 4 through modified Becke-Johnson exchange potentialPhysica B: Condensed Matter.  407:2588-2592. 2012
    2012 Structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca xCd 1-xO and its conversion from semimetal to wide bandgap semiconductorComputational Materials Science.  58:71-76. 2012
    2012 Effect of size reduction on the electronic and ferromagnetic properties of the In 2O 3 nanoparticlesJournal of Nanoparticle Research.  14. 2012
    2012 An efficient method for effective connectivity of brain regions 2012
    2012 Investigation of half metallicity in Fe doped CdSe and Co doped CdSe materialsCurrent Applied Physics.  12:184-187. 2012
    2011 Structural and optoelectronic properties of cubic CsPbF3 for novel applicationsChinese Physics Letters.  28. 2011
    2011 Theoretical studies of structural and magnetic properties of cubic perovskites PrCoO3 and NdCoO3Physica B: Condensed Matter.  406:3800-3804. 2011
    2011 Regularization of voxelwise autoregressive model for analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging data 2011
    2011 Assessment of computerized treatment planning system accuracy in calculating wedge factors of physical wedged fields for 6 MV photon beams 2011
    2011 Cr-doped III-V nitrides: Potential candidates for spintronicsJournal of Electronic Materials.  40:1428-1436. 2011
    2011 Ab initio study of the bandgap engineering of Al1-xGa xN for optoelectronic applicationsJournal of Applied Physics.  109. 2011
    2011 Investigation of structural and optoelectronic properties of BaThO 3Optical Materials.  33:553-557. 2011
    2010 Titanium-doped sputter-deposited AlN infrared whispering gallery mode microlaser on Optical fibersOptics Letters.  35:3637-3639. 2010
    2010 Optical spectroscopy and energy transfer in amorphous AlN-doped erbium and ytterbium ions for applications in laser cavitiesOptics Letters.  35:3117-3119. 2010
    2010 Nanocrystals formation and intense green emission in thermally annealed AlN:Ho films for microlaser cavities and photonic applicationsJournal of Applied Physics.  108. 2010
    2010 Novel structure formation at the bottom surface of porous anodic alumina fabricated by single step anodization processMicron.  41:560-564. 2010
    2010 Effect of crystallographic texture on magnetic characteristics of cobalt nanowiresNanoscale Research Letters.  5:1111-1117. 2010
    2010 Electron polarization, and photoluminescence of sputtered AIN:Sm thin films for optoelectronics and photonics applicationsJournal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics.  5:64-67. 2010
    2010 Generalized gradient calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of MgxCd1-xO oxidesJournal of Alloys and Compounds.  493:212-218. 2010
    2010 Characterization of cobalt nanowires fabricated in anodic alumina template through AC electrodepositionIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology.  9:223-228. 2010
    2010 Luminescence from Cr+3-doped AlN films deposited on optical fiber and silicon substrates for use as waveguides and laser cavitiesApplied Optics.  49:653-657. 2010
    2010 Conversion of direct to indirect bandgap and optical response of B substituted InN for novel optical devices applicationsJournal of Lightwave Technology.  28:223-227. 2010
    2010 Erratum to "Technical note: Accuracy checks of physical beam modifier factors algorithm used in computerized treatment planning system for a 15 MV photon beam" [Rep. Pract. Oncol. Radiother. 14 (2009) 214-220] (DOI:10.1016/j.rpor.2009.12.002)Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy.  15:25. 2010
    2009 Bandgap investigations and the effect of the in and Al concentration on the optical properties of InxAla-xN 2009
    2009 Effect of bias and hydrogenation on the elemental concentration and the thermal stability of amorphous thin carbon films, deposited on Si substrateDiamond and Related Materials.  18:1333-1337. 2009
    2009 Intense red catho- and photoluminescence from 200 nm thick samarium doped amorphous AlN thin filmsNanoscale Research Letters.  4:748-752. 2009
    2009 Enhanced cathodoluminescence from an amorphous aln:holmium phosphor by co-doped gd+3 for optical devices applications 2009
    2009 Electron penetration depth in amorphous AlN exploiting the luminescence of AlN:Tm/AlN:Ho bilayersCurrent Applied Physics.  9:417-421. 2009
    2009 Accuracy checks of physical beam modifier factors algorithm used in computerized treatment planning system for a 15 MV photon beamReports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy.  14:214-220. 2009
    2009 Ultraviolet spectroscopy of Pr+3 and its use in making ultraviolet filtersCurrent Applied Physics.  9:234-237. 2009
    2007 Direct ultraviolet excitation of an amorphous AlN:praseodymium phosphor by codoped Gd3+ cathodoluminescenceApplied Physics Letters.  91. 2007
    2007 Luminescence from praseodymium doped AlN thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and the effect of material structure and thermal annealing on the luminescenceJournal of Materials Science.  42:5657-5660. 2007
    2007 Spectroscopy of gadolinium ion and disadvantages of gadolinium impurity in tissue compensators and collimators, used in radiation treatment planningSpectroscopy.  21:205-210. 2007
    2006 Structure changes of AlN:Ho films with annealing and enhancement of the Ho3+ emissionJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids.  352:1290-1293. 2006
    2006 Luminescence from thulium and samarium doped amorphous AIN thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and the effect of thermal activation on luminescenceEuropean Physical Journal: Applied Physics.  34:31-34. 2006
    2006 Atomic force microscopy and XRD analysis of silver films deposited by thermal evaporationInternational Journal of Modern Physics B.  20:217-231. 2006
    2005 Luminescence and thermal annealing of sputtered deposited thulium- and samarium-doped amorphous A1N filmsSurface Review and Letters.  12:767-771. 2005
    2005 Surface characterization and grain size calculation of silver films deposited by thermal evaporationSurface Review and Letters.  12:759-766. 2005
    Accurate theoretical bandgap calculations of II-VI semiconductors

    Research Overview

  • My research work and activities cover multiple areas of Physics. Students are engaged in most of those areas of my research. Currently I work in the following areas.

    Materials for Radiation Shielding & Protection.
    Optical Materials for Biomedical Applications.
    Nanostructured Materials for Biomedical Applications,
    Radiation Dosimetry and Assessment
    Optics & Photonics,
    Condensed Matter Physics,
    Surface Science
  • Teaching Overview

  • I have taught more than 50 various courses in physics, health physics and related areas multiple times. I have taught more than 50 various courses in physics, health physics and related areas multiple times. I would divide them in two categories; courses taught at UAB and courses taught before joining UAB (in my previous employer institutes). A list of those courses is given below.

    Course Number Course Title Level University

    At UAB:

    MHP 601 Principles of Health Physics Graduate UAB
    MHP 611 Physics of Diagnostic Imaging Graduate UAB
    MHP 620 Principles of Dosimetry Graduate UAB
    MHP 621 Nonionizing Radiation Graduate UAB
    MHP 651 Advanced Radiation Biology Graduate UAB
    MHP 675 / Research Methodology & Graduate UAB
    NMT 675 Publications Analysis
    MHP 691 Supervised Practice Graduate UAB
    MHP 698 Non-thesis Research Graduate UAB
    NMT 610 Medical Radiation Physics Graduate UAB
    NMT 623 Computed Tomography Graduate UAB
    NMT 698 Non-thesis Research Graduate UAB

    Before UAB:

    APHY 550 Medical Physics-1 Graduate BSU
    APHY 552 Medical Physics-2 Graduate BSU
    PHYC 534 Thermal Physics Graduate BSU
    PHYC 564 Intro- to Quantum Mechanics Graduate BSU
    PHYC 565 Quantum Mechanics Graduate BSU
    PHYC 552 Electricity & Magnetism-2 Graduate BSU
    PHYC 540 Physical Optics Graduate BSU
    PHYC 540L Physical Optics Lab Graduate BSU
    PHYC 553 Math Methods for Physicists Graduate BSU
    PHYC 683 Seminars in Physics Graduate BSU
    PHYC 120 General Physics-1 (calc based) Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 120L General Physics-1 Lab Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 122 General Physics-2 (calc based) Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 122L General Physics-2 Lab Undergraduate BSU
    PHY 331 University Physics-1 Undergraduate UMO
    (with Lab)
    PHY 332 University Physics-2 Undergraduate UMO
    (with Lab)
    PHY 350 Radiation Physics-1 Undergraduate UMO
    PHY 351 Radiation Physics-1 Undergraduate UMO
    APHY 350 Medical Physics-1 Undergraduate BSU
    APHY 352 Medical Physics-2 Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 353 Math Methods for Physicists Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 434 Thermodynamics & Statistical- Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 464 Intro- to Quantum Mechanics Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 465 Quantum Mechanics Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 340 Physical Optics Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 340L Physical Optics Lab Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 483 GRE (Physics) Undergraduate BSU
    PHYC 110 General Physics-1 (algeb based) Non-Major BSU
    PHYC 110L General Physics-1 Lab Non-Major BSU
    PHYC 112 General Physics-2 Non-Major BSU
    PHYC 112L General Physics-2 Lab Non-Major BSU
    PHYC 111 Problems in College Physics Non-Major BSU
    PHYC 101 Physics for Teachers Non-Major BSU
    ASTR 100 Introductory Astronomy Non-Major UMO
    PHYS 110 Physics for Non-Majors with Lab Non-Major UMO
    PHYS 221 General College Physics-1 Non-Major UMO
    PHYS 221L General College Physics-1L Non-Major UMO
    PHYS 222 General College Physics-2 Non-Major UMO
    PHYS 222L General College Physics-2L Non-Major UMO
    MATH 130 Pre-Algebra Non-Major UMO
    MATH 132 Pre-Calculus Non-Major UMO
    MATH 140 Contemporary Mathematics Non-Major UMO
    ENVR 110 Introduction to Environmental Non-Major UMO
    MATS 511 Materials Principles & Graduate QU
    MATS 512 Thermodynamics of Materials Graduate QU
    MATS 513 Functional Properties Materials Graduate QU
    MATS 530 Radiation Technology Materials Graduate QU
    MATS 570 Nanotechnology & Advanced Graduate QU
    Characterization Methods
    MATS 514 Research Methodology Graduate QU

    Abbreviations used:
    UAB: University of Alabama at Birmingham, QU: Qatar University
    BSU: Ball State University UMO: University of Mount Olive
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Ohio University 2005
  • University of Birmingham Physics & Space Sciences, Other 1998
  • Full Name

  • Muhammad Maqbool