Cristian Ciobanu

Cristian Ciobanu

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Cristian Ciobanu earned his BS (Physics, 1995) from University of Bucharest, Romania, and MS (Physics, 1998) and PhD (Physics, 2001) from The Ohio State University. After a postdoctoral stage in the Division of Engineering at Brown University, he joined Colorado School of Mines in 2004, where he is now a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

His research interests are in nanoscale surface problems, two-dimensional materials, materials for renewable energy applications, developments of evolutionary algorithms for computational materials design and optimization of atomic structures, self-organized nano and bio structures on crystal surfaces, among others.

Prof. Ciobanu received a Research Excellence Award from Colorado School of Mines (2013) and the NSF Career Award (2009–2014). He has authored/coauthored over 60 technical publications and coauthored a book on determination of atomic structure for nanostructures and surfaces.


  • PhD in Physics, The Ohio State University, 2001
  • MS in Physics, The Ohio State University, 1998
  • BS in Physics, University of Bucharest, 1995

Academic experience

  • Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, since 4/2014
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Eng./Div. of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Engineering, Brown University
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Engineering, Brown University
  • Visiting Research Associate, U.S. DOE Ames Laboratory, 12/2001–12/2011
  • Ohio State Presidential Fellow, 1/2000–1/2001
  • Visiting Scientist, Lorentz Center, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 5/8/2000–6/16/2000
  • Visiting Fellow, Physics Dept., Cornell University, 9/21/1999–12/31/1999
  • Grad. Research Assistant, Dept. of Physics, The Ohio State University, 3/1998–1/2000
  • Grad. Research Assistant, NSF-OSU Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurements, 1/1997–3/1998
  • Grad. Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Physics, The Ohio State University, 9/1995–12/199

memberships and awards

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (elected 2014) 
  • Research Excellence Award at CSM (2013) 
  • National Science Foundation Career Award (2009–2014) 
  • Materials Research Society member 
  • American Physical Society member 
  • American Vacuum Society member 
  • Ohio State Presidential Fellowship (Jan. 2000–Jan. 2001)
  • Serghe Brothers Award for Academic Excellence, Bucharest (1995)
  • National Merit Scholarship, University of Bucharest (1991–1995)

Recent Publications

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