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 Nelson Coates


Nelson Coates
Assistant Professor of Physics

California State University Maritime
Dr. Nelson Coates
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

Office: Faculty Building Room 109B
Email: ncoates@csum.edu


I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but left more than a decade before Portlandia exposed the scene.

I received my Bachelors Degree from Macalester College in St. Paul MN where I majored in Physics with minors in Mathematics and French. I had the opportunity to start my research career at Macalester working with Prof. James Heyman using ultrafast lasers to study carrier dynamics in electronic materials.

I moved from Minnesota to California in 2004 to pursue a PhD in Physics at UC Santa Barbara studying polymer solar cells with my advisor Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger.

In 2010, I moved from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area to be a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working with Prof. Rachel Segalman and Dr. Jeffrey Urban studying transport in organic-inorganic thermoelectric materials. 

I started at California State University Maritime Academy in 2014, bringing my passion for teaching and mentoring to the Science and Math department, and continuing my research on solution-processed electronic materials and devices for applications such as thermoelectrics, supercapacitors, radiation detectors, and photovoltaics.

My research has resulted in 29 peer-reviewed publications with over 12,000 citations, and my h-index is 18. Here is a link to my Google Scholar page.


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