Niklas Manz

Niklas Manz

Assistant Professor - Physics

Office: Taylor 106
Phone: 330-263-2097
Pronouns: He/Him/His


  • B.S., Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina at Braunschweig, Germany 1991
  • M.S., Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina at Braunschweig and National Institute of Natural and Engineering Sciences, Braunschweig, Germany 1997
  • Ph.D., Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany 2002

Courses Taught

  • First Year Seminar
  • Algebra Physics I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Physics Revolutions
  • Modern Physics Laboratory
  • Thermal Physics

Senior Theses Advised

  • Jack Mershon, Modified Propagation of Anomalous Belousov-Zhabotinsky Waves in a Quasi-1D System, 2018
  • Nathaniel Smith, A Computational Simulation of Belousov-Zhabotinsky Wave Behavior Around Obstacles, 2018
  • Marc Manheim, On the Creation of a Lab-sized Hydrodynamic Event Horizon Analogue, 2017
  • Robin Morillo (Physics and Math), The Effects of Slope upon Propagation Speed and Pattern Formation in Forest Fires, 2017
  • Mitch Gavin, An Injector to Investigate Reaction-Diffusion-Advection Systems, 2016
  • Spencer Kirn, Excitation Waves in Planar, Inhomogeneously Illuminated Systems
  • Diego Miramontes Delgado, Creating Quasi Two-Dimensional, Curved Molds with 3-D Printing Technology

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientic Research Society
  • Institute of Physics 

Some Recent Publications

  • J.-C. Wang, T. Foroud, A. L. Hinrichs, N. X. H. Le, S. Bertelsen, J. P. Budde, O. Harari, D. L. Koller, L.Wetherill, A. Agrawal, L. Almasy, A. I. Brooks, K. Bucholz, D. Dick, V. Hesselbrock, E. O. Johnson, S. Kang, M. Kapoor, J. Kramer, S. Kuperman, P. A. F. Madden, N. Manz, N. G. Martin, J. N. McClintick,G. W. Montgomery, J. I. Nurnberger Jr, M. Rangaswamy, J. Rice, M. Schuckit, J. A. Tischeld, J. B. Whiteld, X. Xuei, B. Porjesz, A. C. Heath, H. J. Edenberg, L. J. Bierut, and A. M. Goate: A genome wide association study of alcohol dependence symptom counts in extended pedigrees identifies C15orf53, Molecular Psychiatry12 (2013), 1218-1224.
  • D. B. Chorlian, M. Rangaswamy, N. Manz, J.-C. Wang, D. Dick, L. Almasy, L. Bauer, K. Bucholz, T. Foroud, V. Hesselbrock, S Kang, J. Kramer, S. Kuperman, J. Nurnberger Jr., J. Rice, M. Schuckit, J. Tischeld, H.J. Edenberg, A. Goate, L. Bierut, and B. Porjesz: Genetic and neurophysiological correlates of the age of onset of alcohol use disorders in adolescents and young adults, Behavior Genetics43 (2013), 386-401.
  • N. Manz and O. Steinbock: Propagation Failures, Breathing Pulses and Backring in an Excitable Reaction-Diffusion System, Chaos16 (2006), 037112.
  • N. Manz, B. T. Ginn, and O. Steinbock: Propagation failure dynamics of wave trains in excitable systems, Physical Review E73 (2006), 066218.

Research Interests

Pattern formation and nonlinear phenomena