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Charles Hanna, Ph.D.

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Department Chair and Professor 

Materials Science and Engineering Affiliate Faculty Member

Boise State University
Department of Physics
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1570

Multipurpose Classroom Building MPCB-420
(208) 426-3775


(208) 426-4330


Ph.D. in Physics, Stanford University

Research Area: Condensed-Matter Theory

Dr. Hanna's Research

Research Interests
  • Theory and modeling of nanostructured soft-matter and quantum systems
  • Physical interactions in biophysical systems
  • Quantum effects in low-dimensional and nanoscale electron and boson systems
  • Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Effects of interactions between electrons in semiconductor structures
  • Quantum Hall effect in multi-component systems
  • Many-body physics and statistical physics
Selected Recent Publications

Nanoscale Characteristics of Triacylglycerol Oils: Phase Separation and Binding Energies of Two-Component Oils to Crystalline Nanoplatelets

Colin J. MacDougall, M. Shajahan Razul, Erzsebet Papp-Szabo,Fernanda Peyronel, Charles B. Hanna, Alejandro G. Marangonic and David A. Pink, Faraday Disc., 2012, 158 (1), 425 – 433

Correlation between saturation magnetization, bandgap, and lattice volume of transition metal (M=Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, or Ni) doped Zn1-xMxO nanoparticles

J. Anghel, A. Thurber, D. A. Tenne, C. B. Hanna, and A. Punnoose, Journal of Applied Physics, 107, 09E314 (2010)

Crucial roles of charged saccharide moieties in survival of gram negative bacteria against protamine revealed by combination of grazing incidence x-ray

structural characterizations and Monte Carlo simulations

Rafael Oliveira, Emanuel Schneck, Bonnie Quinn, Oleg Konovalov, Klaus Brandenburg, Thomas Gutsmann, Tom Gill, Charles Hanna, David Pink, Motomu

Tanaka, Phys. Rev. E, 81, 041901 (2010)

Electrostatics Interactions Affect Nanoparticle-Mediated Toxicity to the Gram-Negative Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA01

Kevin Feris, Caitlin Otto, Juliette Tinker, Denise Wingett, Alex Punnoose, Aaron Thurber, Madhu Kongara, Maryam Sabetian*,

Bonnie Quinn, Charles Hanna, and David Pink, Langmuir 26 (6), 4429-4436 (2010)

Modeling the solid-liquid phase transition in saturated triglycerides

D.A. Pink, C.B. Hanna, C. Sandt, A.J. MacDonald, R. MacEachern, R. Corkery, D. Rousseau. Journal of Chemical Physics 132, 054502 (2010)

Physical Mechanisms of Bacterial Survival Revealed by Combined Grazing-Incidence X-ray Scattering and Monte Carlo Simulation (2010)

R.G. Oliveira, E. Schneck, B.E. Quinn, O.V. Konovalov, K. Brandenburg, U. Seydel, T. Gill, C.B. Hanna, D.A. Pink, and M. Tanaka,

Comptes Rendus Chimie 12 (1-2), 209-217 (2009). </font

he Influences of Cell Type and ZnO Nanoparticle Size on Immune Cell Cytotoxicity and Cytokine Induction

Cory Hanley*, Aaron Thurber, Charles Hanna, Alex Punnoose, Jianhui Zhang, and Denise G. Wingett, Nanoscale Research Letters4 (12), 1409-1420 (2009).

Physical Mechanisms of Bacterial Survival Revealed by Combined Grazing-Incidence X-ray Scattering and Monte Carlo Simulation (2009)

R.G. Oliveira, E. Schneck, B.E. Quinn, O.V. Konovalov, K. Brandenburg, U. Seydel, T. Gill, C.B. Hanna, D.A. Pink, M. Tanaka.Comptes Rendus Chimie 12, Issues 1-2, 209-217 (January-February 2009)

Case for Discotic Liquid Crystals in Molten Triglycerides 

R.W. Corkery, D. Rousseau, P. Smith, D. A. Pink, C.B. Hanna, Langmuir 23, 7241 (2007)

Modelling electrostatic interactions in complex soft systems

D.A. Pink, C.B. Hanna, B.E. Quinn, V. Levadny, G.L. Ryan, L. Filion, A.T. Paulson, Food Research International 39, 1031 (2006)

Van der Waals interactions with soft interfaces

C.B. Hanna, D.A. Pink, B.E. Quinn, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18, 8129 (2006)

Evolution of the bilayer nu=1 quantum Hall state under charge imbalance

W.R. Clarke, A.P. Micolich, A.R. Hamilton, M.Y. Simmons, C.B. Hanna, J.R. Rodriguez, M. Pepper, D.A. Ritchie, Phys. Rev. B 71, 081304 (2005)

Measuring the condensate fraction of rapidly rotating trapped boson systems: off-diagonal order from the density

Jairo Sinova, C.B. Hanna, A.H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 120401 (2003)

Rippled state of double-layer quantum Hall systems

C.B. Hanna, Phys. Rev. B 66, 165325 (2002)

Quantum Melting and Absence of Bose-Einstein Condensation in Two-Dimensional Vortex Matter

Jairo Sinova, C.B. Hanna, A.H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 030403 (2002)

Exchange-driven bilayer-to-monolayer charge transfer in an asymmetric double-quantum-well

A.R Hamilton, M.Y. Simons, C.B. Hanna, J.C. Díaz-Vélez, M. Pepper, D.A. Ritchie, Physica E 12, 304 (2002)

Broken-Symmetry States in Quantum Hall Superlattices

C. B. Hanna, J. C. Díaz-Vélez, A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. B 65, 115323 (2002)

Incommensurate ground state of double-layer quantum Hall systems

C. B. Hanna, A. H. MacDonald, S. M. Girvin, Phys. Rev. B 63, 125305 (2001)

Eliminating non-logical states from linear quantum-dot cellular automata

J.C. Lusth, C.B. Hanna, J.C. Díaz-Vélez, Microelectronics Journal 32, (1) 81 (2001)

Double-Layer Systems at Zero Magnetic Field

C. B. Hanna, Dylan Haas, J. C. Díaz-Vélez, Phys. Rev. B 61, (20) 13882 (2000)

Awards and Honors
  • W.F. James Chair of Pure and Applied Sciences, St. Francis Xavier University, 2005-2006
  • Foundation Scholar Award for Research and Creative Activity, Boise State University, 2005
  • Award for Distinguished Research in Science, College of Arts and Sciences, Boise State University, 2002