Open to U. Relations:
Name: Sylke Boyd
Title: Assistant Professor
Unit: Division of Science and Mathematics
Campus Address: Home Address:
Sci 2315, Science
Campus Phone: (320)589-6315 Home Phone: (320)589-7145
College and University Education
October 1993 – July 1997:
Institut of Physics
Degree awarded: Doctor rerum naturalium in Theoretical Physics
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Frauenheim
Title of dissertation:
Molecular Dynamics Study of Effects of Low Energy Ion Bombardment in Carbon and Silicon Systems
October 1992 – October 1993:
Degree awarded: Diploma in Physics
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Frauenheim
Title of Diploma thesis:
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of subplantation of hyperthermal carbon atoms into diamond(111)
Undergraduate Honors and Awards
November 1993 – October 1996:
Scholarship of the
Graduate Honors and Awards
September 1997 – August 1999:
Postdoctoral Scholarship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft,
August 2004- present
Division of Science and Mathematics, University of
August 2002 - May 2004
Department of Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering,
1. Teaching algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics courses, junior-level Optics, Thermodynamics, and Seminar class, introductory laboratory classes.
2. Setting up a computational laboratory for materials simulations, mentoring two undergraduate students in simulations and programming projects.
Department of Physics,
teaching of various undergraduate courses in physics
December 1999-July 2002
Senior Research Assistant
Department of Chemistry,
development of computational model for hot spot development in RDX, density-functional tight-binding investigation of carbon nanotubes
August 1997-March 2000
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Richard. H. Boyd
Development of a Conformational Energy Model for PET and PEN assisted by density-functional based methods; molecular dynamics study of the elementary processes leading to the subglass transitions in PET and PEN
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS
Professional Organization Memberships
Member of the American Physical Society (APS) since 1997
Member of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) since 1993
Member of the
TEACHING AND ADVISING
*Phys1101: General Physics I (Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008)
*Phys3003: Computer Modeling of Materials (Spring 2006, Spring 2008)
*Phys1063 Physics of Weather (Fall 2007)
*Phys4101: Electromagnetism (Fall 2005, Fall 2007)
Phys3501: Statistical Physics (Spring 2005, Spring 2007)
IS1001: FYS Bottom dwellers in an ocean of air (Fall 2006)
Phys3101: Classical Mechanics (Fall 2004, Fall 2006)
Phys1061: The Physics of Sound and Music (Fall 2004, Fall 2005)
*Total of seven advisees (Fall 2007 – Fall 2008)
Special Teaching Methods Implemented
*Special projects for Computer Modeling
*Series of lab exercises for Physics of Weather
On-line learning checks
Field trip to physics labs TC campus
Use of computer demonstrations for sound and mechanics problems
Field trips to music department and wind turbine
Field trip to computational
landmarks in the Twin Cities (
*Course development for
International Programs: 3-week summer program focusing on history of science in
context of 16th century mining in the Erzgebirge,
*Course development: Phys1063 Physics of Weather, Phys2300 Atmospheric Physics
* Involvement in development of new Environmental Science Major Program
*Received grant through UMM Faculty Enrichment Project, working with faculty mentor Nancy Carpenter since Spring 2007
*Two independent studies (Fall 2006, Fall 2008)
Advisor to currently seven students
Advisor for senior thesis (1 in 2005, 2 in 2006, 1 in 2007)
Recipient of grant from IT Bush program for implementation of technology in the class room, Summer 2005
SCHOLARLY, PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY
* Sylke Boyd and Kevin J Boyd, A computational analysis of the interaction of lattice and intramolecular vibrational modes in crystalline alpha-RDX, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 134502 (2008); DOI:10.1063/1.2987368
Sylke Boyd, Matthew Gravelle, and Peter Politzer, Nonreactive molecular dynamics force field for crystalline hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5 triazine, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 104508 (2006).
Z. Peralta-Inga, S. Boyd, J. S. Murray, C. J. O’Connor and P. Politzer, Density Functional Tight-Binding Studies of Carbon Nanotube Structures, Struct. Chem. 14, 431 (2003) .
P. Politzer and S. Boyd Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Energetic Solids, Struct. Chem. 13, 105 (2002).
Z. Peralta-Inga, J. S. Murray, M. E. Grice, S. Boyd, C. J. O’Connor and P. Politzer, Computational Characterization of Surfaces of Model Graphene Systems, J. Mol. Struct. (Theochem), 549, 147 (2001).
Sylke U. Boyd and Richard H. Boyd, Chain Dynamics and Relaxation in Amorphous Poly(ethylene terephthalate): A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study, Macromolecules 34, 7219 (2001)
S. Uhlmann, Th. Frauenheim, and Y. Lifshitz, Molecular dynamics study of the fundamental processes involved in subplantation of diamondlike carbon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 641 (1998)
J. Boyd, Denes Marton, Wayne Rabalais, Sylke Uhlmann, and Thomas Frauenheim, Semiquantitative subplantation model for low
energy ion bombardment of solid surfaces,
Kevin J. Boyd, Denes Marton, Wayne Rabalais, Sylke Uhlmann, and Thomas Frauenheim, Semiquantiative Subplantation model for low energy ion bombardment of solid surfaces. III. Ion Beam Homoepitaxy of Si, Journ. Vac. Sci. Technol. A16, 463 (1998).
Sylke Uhlmann, Thomas Frauenheim, Kevin J. Boyd, Denes Marton, and Wayne Rabalais, Elementary processes during low-energy self-bombardment of Si(100)2x2 - a molecular dynamics study, Rad. Eff. 141, 185 (1997).
Thomas Frauenheim, Frank Weich, Thomas Köhler, Sylke Uhlmann, Dirk Porezag, and Gotthardt Seifert, Density-functional based construction of transferable non-orthogonal tight-binding potentials for Si and SiH, Phys. Rev. B 52, 11492 (1995).
Uhlmann, Uwe Stephan, Thomas Frauenheim, and Gotthardt Seifert, Density-functional based MD studies of
low-energy atom collisions onto diamond and graphite, Mat. Res. Symp. Proc.
Sylke Uhlmann and Thomas Frauenheim, Structure formation in low-energy methyl radical collisions onto diamond(100): an MD study, Diam. Rel. Mat. 5, 169 (1995).
Sylke Uhlmann, Thomas Frauenheim, and Uwe Stephan, Molecular-dynamics subplantation studies of carbon beneath the diamond(111) surface, Phys. Rev. B51, 4541 (1995).
Conference Papers and Presentations
*16th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, Jackson, MS, Nov 2-3 2007, A Computational Study of the Vibrational Spectrum of Crystalline RDX, Sylke Boyd, poster presentation
Gordon Conference on Energetic Materials, June 2006, Computer Simulations Of Point Defects In Crystalline RDX, Sylke Boyd and Matt Gravelle, poster
14th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, Jackson, MS, Nov 4-5 2005, A computer study of point defects in the RDX crystal, M. Gravelle and S. Boyd, poster
10th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry Jackson, MS, Oct 2001, Development of forcefield and molecular model for RDX crystal, S. Boyd, J. Murray, M. Concha, and P. Politzer, poster
Spring meeting of the American Physical Society in Atlanta, USA, 1999, Molecular Dynamics Study of subglass relaxation of PET, S. Boyd and R. H. Boyd, oral presentation.
VII Conference on Computer Simulations of Radiation Effects in Solids, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, 1996. Computational determination of penetration and displacement threshold for low-energy ion bombardment of silicon, S. Boyd, K.J. Boyd, Th. Frauenheim, D. Marton, and W. Rabalais, poster.
Spring meeting of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft in Münster, Germany , 1994, Molecular dynamics study of low-energy ion bombardment of diamond surfaces, S. Boyd and Th. Frauenheim, poster.
Spring meeting of the Materials Research Society in
Third European conference on diamond and superhard
Annual meeting of the tri-national DACH in
Spring meeting of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft in
Annual meeting of the tri-national DACH-Verbund in
Within the University:
* Faculty Single-Semester Leave for Development of multiscale computer model of frictional interfaces, taken in Fall 2008
* Faculty Research
Enhancement Fund Grant for trip to
Faculty Research Enhancement
Fund Grant for trip to
Grant-in-Aid from the
Computer Modeling of Point defect Formation in RDX
Bush IT participant summer 2005, Computer Modeling of Materials
Sponsored UROP research project for
Anna Schliep, Experimental study of sound production by strings in moving air (Spring 2006)
Matthew Gravelle, Study of point defects in an RDX crystal (Spring 2005)
Grant Proposals Submitted, Not Accepted
August 2006: submitted preproposal on a Study Of Point Defect Agglomeration In Energetic Solids to the Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, Air Force Office for Scientific Research and DARPA
November 2002: Board of Regents of Louisiana, on Computer simulations of Defect Formation in Molecular Solids.
Professional Meetings Attended
November 2003: Workshop of the APS and AAPT for new faculty members in physics
Research and Scholarly Activities in Progress
I have developed a computer model of RDX, which allows to study questions of defect properties, detonation initiation and remote detection. The model has led to two publications, several conference presentations, several student projects. Current work focuses on the effect of electric fields on the decomposition of the RDX crystal.
Currently I am working on the development of a computer model for the investigation of the transition from static to kinetic friction. There is no good theoretical model for a comprehensive description of the processes accompanying this transition. The model extensively utilizes the parallel-computing capabilities of the 32-node Beowulf cluster, and will include features on three modeling scales, from a QM description of molecular interaction at the interface to bulk behavior as described by FEMs.
Collaboration on friction project with
- A single-semester leave in Fall 2008 was granted for this project.
- Apply for a Grant-in-Aid in Jan 2009 in order to employ student researchers on various aspects of this model.
*Atmospheric droplet formation:
I am working with a MAP student on a computer model of atmospheric droplet growth, using molecular dynamics methods. We are investigation homo- and hetero-nucleations, as well as droplet coalescence. This project is expected to be concluded by May 2009, and possibly may lead to a conference poster for the MAP student.
*Scholastic committee Fall/Spring 2007/08
*Founding member and faculty advisor for the Parent Pack (student club for students with children)
*URS organizing committee: since January 2006
*Safety committee Division of Math and Science, since August 2005
*Kaufmann-McCree committee: Spring 2006 and 2008
Commission on Women: September 2006-May 2007
Student parent subcommittee: chair since October 2006
Physics discipline Contact of the for Education Licensure
represented UMM at Stevens County Fair
Professional Service Activities
*Co-PI on S-STEM proposal to the NSF for a Mathematics and Physics Scholarship Program (MPSP), Principal Investigator: Gordon McIntosh, submitted Nov 12, 2007
*Reviewed article for Journal of Physical Chemistry in August 2008
*Reviewed article for Journal of Molecular Modeling, Apr 2007
*Reviewed article for Journal of Molecular Modeling, Dec 2007
Reviewed article for Journal of Physical Chemistry in Spring 2007
Reviewed article for Journal of Physical Chemistry in Fall 2006
Public Service Activities
* serve MACCC Board of Directors since August 2008
* Co-chair of ad-hoc faculty committee to foster stabilization of the MACCC with the help of UMM, resulting in funding for an economic study and business plan development through UMM economics faculty in summer 2008
* Super Science Saturday, October 2005 and 2007
activity on air pressure
* A Day in the Division of Science and Mathematics for Kindergarteners May 2007 and May 2008 (Various hands-on physics activities for children)
Plan-It-Green for 5th- and 6th graders: experimental activity on greenhouse gases, Spring 2007
Morris Elementary School Reuse committee (October 2005- January 2007)
Science Show at Traverse County Fair, August 2005
Together with Gordon McIntosh
Served on RFC advisory committee, Spring 2005
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