Milka_ Nikolic

Milka Nikolic

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center G70


Milka Nikolic's research focuses primarily on developing spectroscopy methods for plasma etching and cleaning technologies. She is interested in both theoretical and experimental approaches to solving mysteries of plasma physics. In particular, Milka works in combining various numerical methods with widely used optical emission spectroscopy technique to obtain fundamental plasma properties. Understanding these properties plays an important role in surface modification processes.

Undergraduate research assistants working in Milka's lab have a chance to work on various projects, including exploring molecular structure of reactive gasses, such as oxygen and chlorine, and their combinations with argon and nitrogen by developing kinetic models of these atoms and molecules, developing the neural network and machine learning models to describe plasma properties, and performing plasma cleaning and etching process to clean various inorganic materials.

Research Areas

  • Plasma Spectroscopy
  • Plasma Tomography
  • Plasma Etching
  • Numerical Calculation
  • Machine learning in Plasma


  • Department Chair, Physics


  • Old Dominion University, PhD in Physics, 2013