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Northwest Missouri State University

John Shaw

John Shaw



2633 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1988

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Physics; Purdue University
  • M.S. Physics; University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • B.S. Physics; University of Missouri at Kansas City

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Physics courses
  • Astronomy
  • Electronics
  • Statics
  • Modern Physics II
  • Quantum Mechanics

Academic Interests

  • Physics Education
  • Theory of Elementary Particles
  • Nanophysics Theory

Scholarly Activity

  • Shaw, John, Experiments with a Magneto Electric Generator. Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science, Volume 40 (2006), pp. 74-83.
  • Shaw, John, Comparing Carnot, Stirling, Otto, Brayton and Diesel Cycles. Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science, Volume 42 (2008), pp. 1-6.
  • Tyler Tommey, Dustin Wagner, John Shaw Jr., and Michael K. Bellamy, A Breadboard Filter Photometer/Fluorometer that Illustrates the Effects of Spectral Bandpass on Calibration Curves While Measuring Free-Chlorine in Tap Water and Quinine in Tonic Water, The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 175-181
  • Andrew L. Swatek, Zheng Dong, John Shaw Jr and M. Rafiq Islam, Self-assembly of silver nanoparticles into dendritic flowers from aqueous solution. Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, Vol. 5, Nos. 1-2, January-April  (2010), pp. 10-16.
  • Andrew Schmitz, John Shaw, Himadri S. Chakraborty, and Uwe Thumm, Band-gap-confinement and image-state-recapture effects in the survival of anions scattered from metal surfaces, Physical Review A, 81, 042901 (2010)

Student Group Advisement

  • Pre-Engineering Advisor

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member of American Physical Society
  • Member of American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Member of Missouri Academy of Science


  • Hobbies are cooking, woodworking and music