Andrew Torma

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Andrew is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Applied Physics Graduate program joining Rice in 2019. He is a part of the Materials Physics or Energy Management Lab (MPEM), where his research focuses on the structural and optical properties of perovskite based materials and heterostructures. Within MPEM, he helps design and characterizes low dimensional perovskites for quantum information, nonlinear optics, and energy-efficient optoelectronic applications. 

Prior to Rice, Andrew grew up in the Chicagoland area and received a B.S. in both Physics and Chemistry from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2017. He completed his senior thesis on the subject of ferromagnetism in thin films and worked as a research technologist at Aptinyx Inc., whose research focused on discovery and design of neuro-therapeutics.

Andrew has held many teaching roles in his extracurricular activities and was a previous 2022-2023 CTE Graduate Fellow. Ready to bring his skills to the classroom, Andrew will be instructing his own curated FWIS course this fall. In the field of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Andrew wants to focus on student motivation and how to cultivate curriculums to make them more equitable. When he is not with the CTE or researching, you can spot him running and biking around Houston training for his endurance races or exploring the many local coffee shops of Houston.

Research Areas

Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, Photonics and Plasmonics


B.S. in Physics and Chemistry, College of William & Mary, 2017

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Honors & Awards

CTE Graduate Fellow

ACS Certified B.S.


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