Peter Hoffmann

Professor and Dean
Physical Sciences Department
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Nanomechanics, Biophysics, Science Teaching, Computational Physics
Peter Hoffmann

Peter M. Hoffmann is currently the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He studied physics & mathematics at Technische Universität Clausthal in Germany, earned an MS in physics from SIU Carbondale in 1994, and completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1999. From 1999-2001 he was a research fellow at University of Oxford in the UK. From 2001-2022, he worked at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was professor of physics and also served as associate dean, senior associate dean and department chair. In August 2022, he joined ERAU, Daytona Beach, as Dean of Arts and Sciences.,

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Physics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Selected publications:

Gobin R. Acharya, Madhusudan Tyagi, Eugene Mamontov, Peter M. Hoffmann, "Diffusion dynamics of water and ethanol in graphene oxide", Journal of Physical Chemistry (2023)

Anwesha Sarkar, Anjum Sohail, Jiayin Dong, Marco Prunotto, Kazuhiko Shinki, Rafael Fridman, Peter M. Hoffmann, “Live cell measurements of interaction forces and binding kinetics between Discoidin Domain Receptor 1 (DDR1) and collagen I with atomic force microscopy”, BBA-General Subjects 1863, 129402 (2019).

Thomas M. Nordlund, Peter M. Hoffmann, “Quantitative understanding of biosystems: an introduction to biophysics”, CRC Press 2019.

Steven K. Jones, Anwesha Sarkar, Daniel P. Feldman, Peter Hoffmann and Olivia Merkel, “Revisiting the value of competition assays in folate receptor-mediated drug delivery”, Biomaterials 138, 35 (2017).

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).

Peter M. Hoffmann, “Life’s Ratchet – How molecular machines extract order from chaos”, Basic Books, 2012

Lian Guo, Gerko Oskam, Aleksandar Radisic, Peter M. Hoffmann, Peter C. Searson, “Island Growth in Electrodeposition”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 44, 443001 (2011).

Venkatesh Subba-Rao*, Peter M. Hoffmann, Ashis Mukhopadhyay, “Tracer diffusion in nanofluids measured by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research 13, 6313 (2011).

Shah Khan, George Matei, Shivprasad Patil, Peter M. Hoffmann, “Dynamic Solidification in Nanoconfined Water Films”, Physical Review Letters 105, 106101 (2010). 

1999-2001, Research Fellow, University of Oxford

2001-2022, Professor of Physics, Wayne State University

2012-2015, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, WSU

2015-2017, Senior Associate Dean for Research, WSU

2020-2022, Chair of Department of Physics and Astronomy, WSU

2022-Present, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

Sultana N. Nahar Prize for Distinction in Teaching Physics and Astronomy, WSU, 2017

Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award, WSU, 2009

CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2003