Per Arne Rikvold

Academic interests

My research focuses on applications of equilibrium and non-equilibrium computational statistical mechanics to a wide range of problems. These include surface structures of porous hydrogels, structure and dynamics of interfaces driven through a medium by an external force, electrochemical adsorption processes, dynamics of magnetization reversal in thin films, network-theoretical analysis of electrical power grids, and topics in evolutionary ecology. Full publication list, going back to 1977. 


I joined PoreLab at The University of Oslo as a Researcher in 2018, after serving as Professor of Physics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, since 1987. I received my M.Sc. (Cand. Real.) in Physics from the University of Oslo in 1976. Subsequently, I spent two years as a Japanese Government research student at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. After further stays at the University of Oslo, University of Geneva in Switzerland, and Kernforschungsanlage Jülich in Germany, I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1983. While at Florida State University, I served several periods a Visiting Professor at The University of Tokyo, Kyoto Univeristy, McGill University, and Virginia Tech. Personal web page


Positions held

  • 2010-18: Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University.
  • 2004-18: The James G. Skofronick Professor of Physics, Florida State University.
  • 1992-2004: Professor of Physics, Florida State University.
  • 1987-92: Associate Professor of Physics, Florida State University.
  • 1985-87: Senior Research Chemist, ARCO Chemical Company, Newtown Square, PA.
  • 1983-85: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.
  • 1981-83: Research Council of Norway Predoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1978-81: Predoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • 1976-78: Japanese Ministry of Education Foreign Graduate Fellow, Department of Physics, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.
Tags: Statistical mechanics, Computational Physics, Condensed matter physics, Porous media, Magnetic systems, Network theory, Ecology and Evolution
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