Prabhakar Misra is an American physicist, who researches and teaches at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Born and raised in India, he came to the United States to pursue graduate studies in physics. He earned an M.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), followed by a Ph D. in Physics in 1986 from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Laser Spectroscopy Facility of The Ohio State University, he joined Howard University in 1988. He was a Visiting Scholar in 1990 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Misra's research interests are in the following areas: Raman Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Nanomaterials; characterization of stable molecules, free radicals and molecular ions using laser spectroscopy; development of spectral library and databases of organic molecules of relevance to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission; and machine learning and algorithm development of relevance to START databases (GTD, POICN and PIRUS).
- The Ohio State University, Ph.D. (Physics), 1986
- Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. (Physics), 1981
- University of Calcutta, India, M.Sc. (Physics), 1978
- University of Calcutta, India, B.Sc. (Physics Honors), 1975
- Elected Fellow of The American Physical Society (APS), 2015
- President, Howard University Chapter of Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society, 2013-14
- NASA Summer Faculty Fellowships at Goddard Space Flight Center, 2007-2010, & 2012
- Elected Senior Member of The Optical Society of America, 2010
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Certificate of Appreciation, 2008
- Fulbright Scholar, 2004-05
- NASA Administrator’s Fellow, 1999-2001
- Howard University, Professor of Physics, 1997-present
- Howard University, Associate Professor of Physics, 1992-97
- Howard University, Assistant Professor of Physics, 1988-92
- Northwestern University, Visiting Scholar, 1990
- The Ohio State University, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 1986-88
- Howard University, Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, 2010-14
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Visiting Scientist & Research Affiliate, 2010-present
- University of Maryland, START, MSI Fellow & Visiting Professor, 2014-present
Select Publications & Presentations (2010-15)
- “Applied Spectroscopy and the Science of Nanomaterials,” P. Misra, Editor, as part of the Springer Series “Progress in Optical Science and Photonics,” Vol. 2, 2015, New York (ISBN: 978-981-287-241-8).
- “Innovative Algorithm and Database Development Relevant to Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Efforts at START,” P. Misra, Raul Garcia-Sanchez, and D. Casimir, Report to the Office of University Programs, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, August 2014.
- "SAM/MSL Contaminants Spectral Library," P. Misra, R. Garcia, P. Mahaffy, J. Canham, and D. Jallice, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center New Technology Report (NTR) #: GSC-16547-1, NASA Technology Transfer System (NTTS), 2012.
- "Thermal Effects Associated with the Raman Spectroscopy of WO3 Gas Sensor Materials," R. Garcia-Sanchez, T. Ahmido, D. Casimir, S. Baliga, P. Misra. J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117, 13825-13831, Special Issue: Terry A. Miller Festschrift. DOI: 10.1021/jp408303p.
- “Femtosecond Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy of Surface Nitrate Chemicals,” T. Ahmido, A. Ting and P. Misra, Applied Optics, Vol. 52, No. 13, 1 May 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.003048.
- "Feasibility of Q-Band EPR Dosimetry in Biopsy Samples of Dental Enamel, Dentine and Bone," T. De, A. Romanyukha, F. Trompier, B. Pass, and P. Misra, Appl. Magn. Reson. DOI 10.1007/s00723-012-0379-9 (2012).
- "Organic Compounds Library and Contamination Standard for the Mars Science Laboratory," R. Garcia, P. Mahaffy, and P. Misra. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon 2012), April 15-20, 2012, Atlanta, GA.
- "Abrupt changes in neon discharge plasma detected via the optogalvanic effect," X.L. Han, M.C. Blosser, P. Misra, and H. Chandran; Thin Solid Films 521 (2012) 155-157, doi:10.1016/j.tsf.2011.12.088.
- “Fundamentals and Current Topics in Molecular Structure Research”, P. Misra and C. Haridas, Editors, Research Signpost, Kerala, India, 2011 (ISBN: 978-81-308-0458-3).
- "Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Nanobubble Formation on Nanomaterial Substrates and Adsorption of Rare Gas Atoms in Carbon Nanotubes," P. Misra, S. Gatica and D. Casimir; Invited Lecture, Proceedings of the XVI International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Paper NT-I.06, page 28, December 19-22, 2011, IIT Kanpur, India.
- "Simulation and Modeling of Laser-Tissue Interactions Based on a Liposome-Dye System," F.E. Mensah; R. Sridhar; and P. Misra, CMC: Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 203-212, 2010.
- "Radiation incident triage using Q-band EPR of dental enamel biopsy samples," Pass, B., De, T., Romanyukha, A., and P. Misra, 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Nov. 17-20, 2010, San Diego, CA.
- "Modeling and Simulation of Nanobubbles on Material Substrates," P. Misra, D. Casimir, H. Elnaiem, and S. Gatica. Seeing at the Nanoscale VIII Conference, August 30- September 1, 2010, Basel, Switzerland.
- “Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Measurements and Protocols for Database and Library Development Relating to Organic Species in Support of the Mars Science Laboratory,” P. Misra, R. Garcia, and P.R. Mahaffy, Proceedings of the Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon 2010), 5195.pdf, April 26-29, 2010, League City, TX.
- “Database and Library Development of Organic Species Using Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectral Measurements in Support of Sample Analysis at Mars,” R. Garcia, P. Misra, I. ten Kate, and P. Mahaffy, NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference 2010 Proceedings.
- "Collisional rate parameters for the 1s4 energy level of neon 638.3 nm and 650.7 nm transitions from the analyses of the time-dependent optogalvanic signals," X.L. Han, H. Chandran, P. Misra, J. At. Mol. Sci. doi: 10.4208/jams.051509.071209a Vol.1, No. 2, pp. 118-125 (2010).