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Meera Chandrasekhar



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar obtained undergraduate degrees in India and a Ph. D. in Physics from Brown University, Providence RI. After a post doctoral fellowship at Max-Planck-Institut in Stuttgart, W. Germany, she came to the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1978, where she is currently a Curators' Teaching Professor of Physics.

Dr. Chandrasekhar's research interests are in the area of optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, superconductors, and conjugated polymers, with an emphasis on high pressure studies. She has a strong interest in the education of young students, and has developed hands-on physics programs for students in grades 5-12, and summer professional development academies for K-12 teachers. She has received several awards for these activities, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 1999. 


Physics - Condensed Matter Experiment 


Planarity of para Hexaphenyl, S.Guha, W. Graupner, R. Resel, M. Chandrasekhar, H.R.Chandrasekhar, R. Glaser, and G. Leising, Phys. Rev. Lett., 82, 3625 (1999).
2. Squeezing Organic Conjugated Molecules - What does one learn?, Meera Chandrasekhar,Suchi Guha and Wilhelm Graupner, Invited Research News article, Adv. Mater., 13, 613 (2001).
3. Ultrafast Formation of Nonemissive Species versus Intermolecular Interaction in Single Crystals of Conjugated Molecules M. A. Loi, A. Mura, G. Bongiovanni, Q. Cai, C. Martin, H.R. Chandrasekhar, M. Chandrasekhar W. Graupner, and F. Garnier, Phys. Rev. Lett., 86, 732 (2001).
4. Optical Properties of Organic Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors under high pressure, S.Guha, W. Graupner, S. Yang, M. Chandrasekhar and H.R. Chandrasekhar, Book chapter,
ACS Symposium Series Volume, Anisotropic Organic Materials Approaches to Polar Order,Editors Rainer Glaser and Piotr Kaszynski, 127-142 (2002).
5. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence of organic semiconductors with varying backbone conformation, S. Guha, J. D. Rice, Y. T. Yau, C. M. Martin, M. Chandrasekhar, H.
R. Chandrasekhar, R. Guentner, P. Scanduicci de Freitas, and U. Scherf, Phys Rev. B 67,125204 (2003).
Shampoo, Soy Sauce and the Prince's Pendant, Meera Chandrasekhar and Rebecca Litherland, Science Scope, 30(2), 12-17 (2006).
Hanuscin, D., Richard, M., Chandrasekhar, M., Corman, A., & Lapilli, C. Collaborative action research to improve classroom assessment in an introductory physics course for teachers,Journal of Physics Teacher Education, 4(2), 16-20 (2007).