Paul Meyer Reimer


Physics Research
Information Technology
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Paul Meyer Reimer

Office / Lab: Science 011   ·   Physics Department
Goshen College   ·  1700 S Main St   ·   Goshen, Indiana 46526
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University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1986-1993. Ph.D. in Physics, September 1993. 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1984-1986. M.S. in Physics, December 1985. 

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, West Germany, 1983-1984. 

Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, 1979-1983. B.A. in Physics, October 1984.

Honors and Awards

JSPS (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1995-1996. Related awards included a $10,000 NSF travel grant and successful application for a Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) research equipment grant of $12,000, 1995-1996. 

PEW consortium cooperative undergraduate research grant, summer 1993. 

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellow at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, 1991-1992. 

IBM Fellow, Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, 1989-1990. 

University Fellow, Department of Physics at the University of Illinois, 1986-1987.

Research and Technical experience

Research at Goshen College -- Mapping and analysis of groundwater using GRACE satellite data, 2015-present. See recent GC-generated GRACE maps.

Growth of calcite, monitored by x-ray reflectivity, with undergraduate students, 2010-2014.

Visiting researcher in the UK -- X-ray characterization of semiconductor heterostructures, B. Tanner, Durham University, 2005-2006.

Postdoctoral research in Indiana -- Investigation of II-VI semiconductor superlattice structure with J.K. Furdyna, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1993-1995, 1997-2005.

Postdoctoral research in Japan -- Diffuse x-ray scattering from Si/SiGe heterostructures. Growth of calcite, in-situ x-ray scattering from submerged/electrochemical surfaces, with H. Hashizume, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1995-1997. 

Adjunct Professor, Turner Precision X-ray Laboratory, Department of Physics, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana -- research projects, involving undergraduate physics majors have included: Orientational ordering in thin films (with C. P. Flynn, University of Illinois) spontaneous ordering of II-VI compounds, and structure and crystalline ordering of bivalve and gastropod shells (with G. Stuckey, University of California at Santa Barbara), 1993-present. 

Thesis research -- Hydrogen in metal films investigated with x-ray diffraction and related tools. Thesis advisor: Prof. Hartmut Zabel.

Research assistant in biophysics with Professor Hans Frauenfelder, University of Illinois. 1987-1988.

Synchrotron experience -- since 1993 I've run experiments at Brookhaven National Lab, New York, the Advanced Photon Source, Illinois, the Photon Factory, Tsukuba, Japan, and the Pohang Light Source, Pohang, Korea.

Publications and Presentations 

X. Liu, Y. Sasaki, L. V. Titova, P. M. Reimer, S. Lee, J. K. Furdyna,
Fabrication and characterization of III-V semiconductor superlattices with sinusoidal compositional modulation,
Physica E, 13, pp. 1143-1146 (2002).

Y. Sasaki, P. Reimer, S. Lee, J. K. Furdyna, "Sinusoidally modulated III-V supperlattice by molecular beam epitaxy" The 43rd Electronic Materials Conference, June 27-29 Notre Dame USA (2001).

S. Lee, G. Yang, X. Liu, U. Bindley, M. Dobrowolska, J. K. Furdyna, P. M. Reimer, and J. R. Buschert, Fabrication and optical properties of ZnSexTe1-x superlattices with sinusoidal compositional modulation, J. Crystal Growth, 214/215, 25 (2000).

S. Lee, U. Bindley, J. K. Furdyna, P. M. Reimer, and J. R. Buschert, Controlled growth of ZnSexTe1-x superlattices with sinusoidal compositional modulation, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 18, pp. 1518-1521 (2000).

P. M. Reimer, John R. Buschert, S. Lee, and J. K. Furdyna, Sinusoidally modulated ZnSexTe1-x superlattices: Fabrication and structural studies, Phys. Rev. B 61, no. 12, pp. 8388-8392 (2000).

S. Lee, P. M. Reimer, J. R. Buschert, G.Yang, and J. K. Furdyna, "Fabrication and characterization of sinusoidally modulated ZnSeTe superlattice", 10th Frontier science research Conference in material science and technology" November 6-8, La Jolla, USA (2000).

P. M. Reimer, J.-H. Li, Y. Yamaguchi, O. Sakata, H. Hashizume, N. Usami, and Y. Shiraki, Interfacial roughness of SiGe/Si multilayer structures on Si(111) probed by x-ray scattering, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 9, no. 22, pp. 4521-4534 (1997).

P. M. Reimer, Y. Yamaguchi, J.-H. Li and H. Hashizume, Correlated roughness information from diffuse x-ray scattering from stepped surfaces, Presented at the August, 1996 Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, Seattle, Washington. (Two other posters presented with the same authors).

P. M. Reimer, Y. Yamaguchi, and H. Hashizume, Roughness correlations of Si/Si0.9Ge0.1 heterostructures, Presented at the March, 1996 meeting of the American Physical Society. 

Y. Yamaguchi, P. M. Reimer, and H. Hashizume, Microstructure of polished Si surfaces, Presented at the November, 1995 meeting of the Asian section of the International Union of Crystallography, Bangkok, Thailand. 

S. P. Ahrenkiel, S. H. Xin, P. M. Reimer, J. J. Berry, H. Luo, S. Short, M. Bode, M. Al-Jassim, J. R. Buschert, and J. K. Furdyna, Self-Organized Formation of ZnSe1-xTex/ZnSexTe1-x Superlattices, Physical Review Letters 75, 1586 (1995). (With undergraduate students from Goshen College).

P. M. Reimer, H. Zabel, C. P. Flynn, and J. A. Dura, Structural characterization of Nb on sapphire as a buffer layer for MBE growth, J. Cryst. Growth 127, 643 (1993). 

P. M. Reimer, H. Zabel, C. P. Flynn, A. Matheny, K. Ritley, J. Steiger, S. Blässer, and A. Weidinger, Elastic properties of hydrogen-loaded epitaxial films, Z. Phys. Chem. 181, 367 (1993). Presented at the International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems, Uppsala, Sweden, June 7-12, 1992. 

P. M. Reimer, H. Zabel, C. P. Flynn, and J. A. Dura, Hydrogen Annealing: Effect of hydrogen on the coherence of epitaxial Nb films on sapphire substrates, Z. Phys. Chem. 181, 375 (1993). Presented at the International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems, Uppsala, Sweden, June 7-12, 1992. 

P. M. Reimer, H. Zabel, C. P. Flynn and J. A. Dura, Extraordinary alignment of Nb films with sapphire and the effects of added hydrogen, Phys. Rev. B 45, 11426 (1992). 

P. M. Reimer, H. Zabel, A. Matheny, K. Ritley, C. P. Flynn, J. Steiger and A. Weidinger, Giant hydrogen-induced out-of-plane expansion in thin film niobium . Presented at the March 1992 meeting of the American Physical Society. 

P. M. Reimer, H. Zabel, A. Matheny, J. Dura and C. P. Flynn, Hydrogen enhanced structural correlation in metal films . Presented at the March 1991 meeting of the American Physical Society. 

Epitaxy of Niobium on sapphire Ruhr Universität Bochum, January 1991. 

Röntgenographische Untersucheungen von Wasserstoff in Metallen. Experimental Physics Colloquium, Ruhr Universität Bochum, January 1990. 

V. G. Oyer, P. M. Reimer and M. Sprunger, First Mennonite Church of Champaign Urbana, a Twenty Five Year history. Champaign, Illinois (1989).


Professor of Physics, Goshen College, 2015-present. (Associate Professor 2009-2015) -- See my list of classes taught.

Adjunct Research Professor, Goshen College - 1993-2009 -- I supervised undergraduate involvement in x-ray diffraction research projects, including PEW and Maple Scholars summer students.

Science Olympiad (High School science competition), Regional Director, Goshen College, 1994. 

Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Physics, University of Illinois, 1988-1989. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana -- I taught laboratory and discussion sections in the first year physics sequence, 1986-1987. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University -- I taught mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics to engineers, pharmacy undergraduates, premed students, and others. I also served as administrator for the freshman physics sequence, organizing the activities of 20 other teaching assistants, 1984-1986. 

A total of two academic years as laboratory assistant in General Physics and General Chemistry as well as grading assistant for a calculus sequence at Goshen College, 1979-1983. 

Taught English as a second language at Colegio La Immaculada, Comayagua, Honduras, 1982

Information Technology

I was the Web Administrator for Goshen College from 1995 to 2009. I worked closely with both the Information Technology department and the Public Relations department. Responsibilities included:

Wrote a campus-wide event calendar for Goshen College, incorporating different levels of user access, session management, category and date sorting, 2000. Web/database integration using PHP, SQL, Oracle and Linux.

Wrote code to fit/simulate low-angle x-ray scattering in the distorted wave Born approximation, 1995-96. C-based Scientific programming and data analysis. See

As a programmer I have worked on projects including motion control of x-ray diffractometers, robot motion visualization for a NASA SBIR grant, inventory tracking and others, using C, SQL, Perl, and PHP among other languages.

International Education

Co-leader, Goshen College SST (Study, Service Term) program, Tanzania, 2017.

Co-leader, Goshen College SST program, Cuba, 2003.

Co-leader, Goshen College SST program, Dominican Republic, 1998.

International Education Committee, Goshen College, 2003-2005. 

I am fluent in Spanish and German, and have lived in Costa Rica, Germany, and Japan for more than a year.