Zegnet Muhammed

Visiting Assistant Professor

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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.


Courses Taught

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

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


  • 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).