Physics and Astronomy
Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Experimental soft condensed matter physics and biophysics: studies of interatomic & intermolecular forces using atomic force microscopy, forces associated with liquid ordering and bonding in biological molecules, nanomechanics, development of state-of-the-art AFM, undergraduate science education, science writing
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- Vordiplom (BS equivalent) Physics & Mathematics, Technische Universitat Clausthal
- M.S. Physics, Southern Illinois University
- Ph.D. Materials Science, Johns Hopkins University
Awards and Grants
Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University, April 2009
Richard Barber Faculty Award, Wayne State University/ Department of Physics, April 2008
Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University, April 2007
College of Science "Excellence in Teaching" Award, 2004
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002
Abel Wolman Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University 1994-1995
"Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" Fellowship, 1996-1999
Sultana N Nahar Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University/ Department of Physics, 2017
Peter M. Hoffmann, “Life’s Ratchet – How molecular machines extract order from chaos”, Basic Books, 2012
Shah H. Khan, Edward L. Kramkowski, and Peter M. Hoffmann, “NaCl-dependent ordering and dynamic mechanical response in nanoconfined water”, Langmuir 32, 10802 (2016)
Peter M. Hoffmann, “How molecular motors extract order from chaos (a key issues review)”, Rep. Prog. Phys. 79, 032601 (2016).
Shah H. Khan, Edward L. Kramkowski, Peter J. Ochs, David M. Wilson, Peter M. Hoffmann, “Viscosity of a nanoconfined liquid during compression”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 023110 (2014).
Essa Mayyas, Margarida Bernardo, Lindsay Runyan, Anjum Solhail, Venkatesh Subba-Rao, Mircea Pantea, Rafael Fridman, and Peter M. Hoffmann, “Dissociation kinetics of an enzyme-inhibitor system using single-molecule force measurements”, Biomacromolecules 11, 3352 (2010).
Shah Khan, George Matei, Shivprasad Patil, Peter M. Hoffmann, “Dynamic Solidification in Nanoconfined Water Films”, Physical Review Letters 105, 106101 (2010).
George Matei, Steve Jeffery, Shivprasad Patil, Shah H. Khan, Mircea Pantea, John B. Pethica, and Peter M. Hoffmann, Simultaneous Normal and Shear Measurements of Nanoconfined Liquids in a Fiber-based Atomic Force Microscope, Review of Scientific Instruments 79, 023706 (2008).
PHY 2140 "Physics for the Life Sciences II" (Fall 2019)
PHY 3500 "Introduction to Thermal and Fluid Physics" (Winter 2020)
PHY 1020 “Conceptual Physics” (Lecture)
PHY 2130 "Physics for the Life Sciences"
PHY 2170 “University Physics for Scientists I” (Lecture)
PHY 5750 “Biological Physics” (Lecture):
PHY 3750 “Introduction to Computational Methods”
PHY 6750 “Applied Computational Methods”
PHY 6450 “Materials characterization techniques“(Lecture & Lab)
PHY 7050 “Introduction to Solid State Physics” (Lecture)
PHY 7560 "Soft Matter Physics"