Dr. Marx is continually seeking to improve his teaching methods to reach both non-scientists and future physicists alike. He was written several teaching supplements that are used by instructors all over the United States for both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics courses. He believes that courses should be taught as interactively as possible; and thus, was an early adopter and promoter of the clicker technology at Illinois State University. He is the recipient of the University Teaching Initiative Award, CAS Dean's Award for Teaching (Honorable Mention), 2018 Impact Award, and the Student Teacher's Association Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Marx is an experimental solid state physicist. His research program generally includes the synthesis and characterization of bulk, thin film, and nanocrystalline materials. Characterization includes structural, electrical, and thermal properties. Dr. Marx is currently focused on energy conversion devices including photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, particularly those incorporating novel nanoscale technologies.
Ph D Physics - 1991
Illinois Institute of Technology
BS Physics - 1986
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
“Dielectric, Transport and Thermal Properties Study of Clay-based Polymer Nanocomposites,” Namrata Tripathi, Awalendra K. Thakur, Archana Shukla, and David T. Marx, Polymer Engineering & Science, 57, 220-227. (online March 9, 2017, in print February 8, 2018).
“Ion transport study in polymer-nanocomposite films by dielectric spectroscopy and conductivity scaling,” Namrata Tripathi, Awalendra K. Thakur, Archana Shulka, and David T. Marx. Physica B: Cond. Matter, 468-9, 50-66 (2015)
“Ion Conduction mechanism in Solid Polymer Electrolyte: An Applicability of Almond-West Formalism,” Namrata Shukla, Awalendra K. Thakur, Archana Shukla, and David T. Marx. Int. J. Electrochem. Sci. 9, 7644-59 (2014).
“Microscopic Modeling of Phonon Modes in Semiconductor Nanocrystals,” Wei Cheng, SF Ren, and DT Marx. Nanoscience in Biomaterials, ed. Donglu Shi, [Springer-Verlag, 2009], 485-536.
“Microscopic Phonon Theory of Si/Ge nanocrystals,” Wei Cheng, DT Marx, and SF Ren. Front. Phys. China, 3 (2), 165 (2008).
“Application of Fractals to the Contact of Carbon-carbon Surfaces,” David T Marx, Eng-Keng Khor, and Tod Policandriotes. Journal of Applied Physics 100, 124913-22 (2006).
“Measurement of Interfacial Temperatures during Testing of a Subscale Aircraft Brake.” David T Marx, Tod Policandriotes, Su Zhang, Jeremy Scott, Ralph B Dinwiddie, and Hsin Wang. J. Physics D 34, 976 (2001).
“Mechanical Properties of Carbon-Carbon Composite Components Determined using Nanoindentation.” David T Marx and Laura Riester. Carbon 37, 1679-84 (1999).
University College / Office of the Provost
Outstanding College Service Award
College of Arts and Sciences
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching
Illinois State University College of Arts & Sciences
University Teaching Initiative Award
Illinois State University
Team Excellence Award
Illinois State University
Excellence in Teaching Award
Student Education Association, Illinois State University
Department of Physics
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