Dr. Jefferson Shinpaugh

Professor and Chair

Office Location: Howell C209
Telephone: (252) 328-6739
Email: shinpaughj@ecu.edu

PhD in Physics, Kansas State University, 1990
Fulbright Scholar, Goethe University, Frankfurt 1991
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt 1992
ORAU Postdoctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1993


  • Atomic collision processes
  • Biological effects of radiation
  • Radiation damage in materials and particle track structure
  • Material analysis and modification using ion beams

Research Projects

Jeff Shinpaugh serves as director of the ECU Accelerator Laboratory, an ion beam facility housing a 2-megavolt Pelletron particle accelerator. Current experiments focus on atomic collision processes in atomic, molecular, and condensed-phase targets; in vitro cell damage by proton radiation; mitigation of radiation damage to nonmalignant cells by nanoparticles; and enhancement of tumor cell killing by nanomaterials for irradiation by energetic ions. This research at ECU has been supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

After receiving his PhD from Kansas State University, he held postdoctoral appointments at the Institute for Nuclear Physics, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has conducted experiments at various ion beam facilities in the U.S. and Germany, including the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, and the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 1050 Physics and the Environment
  • PHYS 1250 General Physics I
  • PHYS 1260 General Physics II
  • PHYS 2360 University Physics II
  • PHYS 4416 Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 4700 Advanced Laboratory