Phillip M Duxbury

Dean, Dean’s Office
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pronouns: he/him/his
Location: 104 Natural Science Bldg
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Phillip M. Duxbury is dean of Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science (NatSci).

Prior to his appointment as dean, Duxbury served as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (PA) from August 2013 until August 2018. He joined the MSU faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and became a full professor in 1998. During his MSU tenure, Duxbury has also served as PA graduate studies director, associate director of the MSU Center for Fundamental Materials Research, director of the Center for Nanomaterials Design and Assembly, and director of the Center of Research Excellence in Complex Materials. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. 

Duxbury’s specialties include statistical physics, solar device models, ultrafast processes and accelerator physics. His research focuses on ultrafast nanocrystallography and applications to ultrafast processes in materials; phase behavior of polymer-nanoparticle mixtures with applications to organic and perovskite solar cells; phase behavior of nanoparticle-lipid bilayer systems with applications to nanotoxicology; and finding the atomic structure of non-crystalline materials, such as isolated nanoparticles and complex molecules, involving the definition and solution of novel inverse problems. Duxbury’s research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. He is also co-PI of a workforce development project in Accelerator Science and Technology funded by the Department of Energy.

# Education
* Ph.D.  (physics) University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
* B.S. (physics) University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Selected Publications

  • Ab initio determination of solid-state nanostructure, P. Juhás D. M. Cherba, P. M. Duxbury W. F. Punch & S. J. L. Billinge, Nature 440, 655-658 (2006)
  • Crystal structure solution from experimentally determined atomic pair distribution functions, J.P. Juhas, L. Granlund, R. Gujarathi, P.M. Duxbury and S.J.L. Billinge, Journal of Applied Cryst. 43, 623-629 (2010)
  • General Strategies for Nanoparticle Dispersion, Michael E. Mackay, Anish Tuteja, Phillip M. Duxbury, Craig J. Hawker, Brooke Van Horn, Zhibin Guan, Guanghui Chen, R. S. Krishnan, Science 311, 1740-174 (2006)
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation of crosslinking of BCB-Styrene Copolymers, J.W. Liu, M.E. Mackay and P.M. Duxbury, Macromolecules 42, 8534-8542 (2009)
  • Three-dimensional liquid surfaces through nanoparticle self-assembly, T.C. Tseng, E.S. McGarrity, J.W. Kiel, P.M. Duxbury, M. E. Mackay, A.L. Frischknecht, S. Asokan, M.S. Wong, Soft Matter, 6 (7): 1533-1538 (2010)