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
  • Algebra Physics Laboratory I and II
  • Calculus Physics I and II
  • Calculus Physics Laboratory II
  • Mechanics
  • Physics Revolutions
  • Modern Physics Laboratory
  • Thermal Physics
  • Environmental Physics

Senior Theses Advised

  • Megan Fisher : Creating an Event Horizon Analogue with the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction
  • Craig Klumpp: A Case of Heartburn: Replicating the Heart’s Electrical Signals with Fire
  • Handeul Son: Investigation of fire propagation using discrete tree simulations
  • Margaret McGuire : What a Mouthful! Geographic Tongue as a Reaction Diffusion System
    (Pre-dental math major, officially advised by Drew Pasteur). See her 2020 Virtual Senior Research Symposium contribution. (Dental school at UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Daniel Blaikie : Propagation of light-sensitive RD waves in inhomogeneously illuminated systems (Masters student in Applied Physics at the University of Oregon)
  • Sam Nash: Using Belousov-Zhabotinsky waves as an analogue to the event horizon of a black hole
  • Joe Theiss : Slope’s Effect On Discrete Tree Fire Simulations (Security Operations Engineer for Accenture Federal Services)
  • 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
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientic Research Society
  • Ohio Academy of Sciences

Some Recent Publications

  • M. K. McGuire, C. A. Fuller, J. F. Lindner, and N. Manz
    Geographic tongue as a reaction-diffusion system
    Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 3 (2021), 033118.
  • Y. F. Yu, C. A. Fuller, M. K. McGuire, R. Glaser, N. J. Smith, N. Manz, and J. F. Lindner
    Disruption and recovery of reaction-diffusion wavefronts interacting with concave, fractal, and soft obstacles
    Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 565 (2021), 125536.
  • N. Manz
    The Twists and Turns of a Dynamic, Nonlinear Career Path
    ‘Career Path Story’ article for the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist Magazine (2019).
  • N. Manz, H. Phillips, C. Herndon, A. E. Ambrose, and F. H. Fenton
    Dynamics of Table-top Fire Fronts, Article in SIAM News Online based on presentation at 2019 SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems in Snowbird, Utah (2019).

  • N. Manz and F. H. Fenton, Patterns and Humans in Kinko Tsuji and Stefan C. Müller (Eds.), ‘Spirals and Vortices‘, Springer International Publishing (2019), 217-224.
  • N. J. Smith, R. Glaser, V. H. W. Hui, J. F. Lindner, and N. Manz
    Disruption and Recovery of Reaction-Diffusion Wavefronts Colliding with Obstacles
    Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 517 (2019), 307-320.
  • 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