Dmitriy A. Dikin

Research Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Office Hours

Room 221: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM



Dr. Dmitriy A. Dikin is an Research Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Manager of the College of Engineering Nano Instrumentation Center (CoE NIC) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Northwestern University. Dr. Dikin has 25+ years of experience to work across different fields of physics, mechanics, material science, chemistry, and biology and has more than 80 peer-reviewed papers. He is one of the most cited researchers in the field of graphene nanomaterials (h-index 25 and more than 9000 times cited). His recent research interest is primarily focused on carbon-based nanostructures for development of novel electronic and composite materials. He also works on new microscopy methods for integrated studies of nanomaterials. Dr. Dikin is a consultant for several hi-tech companies. Beside scientific activity Dikin also devotes his time to popularization of physics and attracting young people to science and engineering.


  • DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics Institute, University of Würsburg, Germany, 1992-1993
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 1992
  • M.S. in Cryogenic Engineering (summa cum laude), Kharkov State Polytechnic University, Ukraine, 1982

Academic Appointments

  • Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, 2013-present
  • Research Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2007-2013
  • Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2003-2013
  • Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2001-2003
  • Research Associate, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1999-2001
  • Researcher, Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, Kharkov, Ukraine, 1984-1998

Recent Publications

  • Computational Microstructure Characterization and Reconstruction for Stochatic Multiscale Material Design. Y. Liu, S. Greene, W. Chen, D. Dikin, W. K. Liu. Computer-Aided Design, 45, 65-76 (2013).
  • Epoxide Speciation and Functional Group Distribution in Graphene Oxide Paper-like Materials. A. Hunt, D. A. Dikin, E. Z. Kurmaev, T. D. Boyko, P. Bazylewski, G. S. Chang, A. Moewes. Adv. Funct. Mater., 22(18), 3950-3957 (2012)
  • Evidence for charge-vortex duality at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. M. M. Mehta, D. A. Dikin, C. W. Bark, S. Ryu, C. M. Folkman, C. B. Eom, V. Chandrasekhar. Nature Communications, 3, 955 (2012).
  • Graphene-based Membranes as Electron Transparent Windows for in situ Environmental Cell Photoelectron Spectroscopy. A. Kolmakov, D. A. Dikin, L. J. Cote, J. Huang, M. K. Abyaneh, M. Amati, L. Gregoratti, S. Günther, M. Kiskinova. Nature Nanotechnology, 6(10), 651 (2011).
  • Coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in two dimensions. D. A. Dikin, M. Mehta, C. W. Bark, C. M. Folkman, C. B. Eom, V. Chandrasekhar. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 056802 (2011)

Research Interests

  • Nanostructural materials for novel electronics and structural architectures: interplay of structural, physical, and chemical properties, in particular in carbon allotropes and complex oxides.
  • Smart nanocomposites for applications in electronics, energy storage and conversion: charge and heat transport in composite materials, structural and physical properties of solid-soft matter interfaces.
  • Instrumentation development for integrated study of nanostructural materials: optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy with nano and sub-nano resolution in air, vacuum and variable temperatures.