Zegnet Muhammed

Zegnet Muhammed

Before I came to Hollins, I taught different physics courses ranging from fundamental to advanced level in distinct cultural and geographical settings. This teaching experience enlightened me about the beauty and complex nature of diversity. Hence, I profoundly care about each and every one of my students. I am always investigating new ideas to create a dynamic learning environment, which is based on a student-centered approach. In addition to academia, I like playing soccer to sharpen the saw.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zegnet-yimer-muhammed-8574b830/

Courses Taught

  • Phys 151, Physical Principles I
  • Phys 101, Introduction to Astronomy


  • Ph.D in Physics, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2022
  • M.Sc. in Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, 2015
  • Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems, METU NCC, Turkey, 2013
  • Applied and Engineering Physics, TUM, Germany, 2012
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Basic Physics, ICTP, Italy, 2010
  • B.Ed in Physics minor Mathematics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, 2006

Publications & Articles

  • "Origin of the persistence of soft modes in metallic ferroelectrics," Z. Yimer and H. Fu, Physical Review B, 101, 174105 (2020).

Research Interests

My research is based on first principles such as density functional theory, and other computational techniques to investigate materials of fundamental and technological interests.

  • Optimize the material by first principles methods.
  • Discovered new properties of ferroelectrics, polar-metals, semiconductors, and superconductors